translation and interpreting Services

The Language Industry Certification System LICS® is a certification for translation and interpreting services according to ISO Standards.

Your partner for ISO certifications

The mission of LICS® is to provide independent, third-party conformity assessment services for the language industry (translation, interpretation and related services) based on International Standards. 

LICS® certification processes have been designed specifically to meet the requirements of small and medium-sized enterprises. It is a lean process, which eliminates unnecessary paperwork and minimizes the amount of time that an auditor has to spend on-site.

How to obtain a LICS certificate

LICS® specifies the procedure to certify a service provider in the standard specific certification schemes. Each of these certification processes involves the following steps:

Submitted using the certification form provided by the local certification partner.

The service provider must file documentation containing basic information about the company, along with a self-declaration describing how the service provider complies with the requirements of applicable standard.

The core of the certification process is the audit, the purpose of which is to gather evidences that the service provider meets the requirements of the standard. This evidence includes, for example, interviews with relevant staff, checking records and client jobs undertaken and monitoring activities. The audit is performed by a qualified auditor who has been trained specifically to conduct LICS audits.

Following the audit, the auditor sends his/her report to Austrian Standards, which will then assess the audit report. If the assessment is positive, a certificate is issued that is valid for 6 years.

In order to maintain the certificate, surveillance audits shall be carried out on a 2-year cycle.

certification by LICS®

Certifications für translation services:

ISO 17100:2015

Translation services — Requirements for translation services

ISO 18587:2017 
Translation services — Post-editing of machine translation output — Requirements

ISO 20771:2020 
Legal translation — Requirements

Further information can be found in the certification scheme:
Translation Service Provider according to ISO 17100 ISO 18587 ISO 20771

Certifications für interpreting services:

ISO 18841:2018 
Interpreting services — General requirements and recommendations

ISO 13611:2014 
Interpreting — Guidelines for community interpreting

ISO 20228:2019 
Interpreting services — Legal interpreting — Requirements

ISO 23155:2022 
Interpreting services — Conference interpreting - Requirements and recommendations

Further information can be found in the certification scheme: 
Interpreting Service Provider ISO 18841 ISO 13611 ISO 20228 ISO 23155

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Peter Jonas, Director Certification

Peter Jonas

Director Certification