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What is the Rbtv?

The Rbtv is a register established by Bureau Wbtv to register all qualified interpreters and translators. Only translators and interpreters who are authorised to work in the Netherlands as sworn interpreters and/or sworn translators are registered in the Rbtv.

Interpreters and translators registered in the Rbtv meet certain quality and integrity requirements. In order to guarantee the quality of interpreters and translators, interpreters and translators must also prove that they are sufficiently educated through continuing education (PE).

This ensures that you receive a word-for-word sworn translation.

What is Bureau Wbtv?

Bureau Wbtv is charged by the Minister of Justice and Security (JenV) with the implementation of the Sworn Interpreters and Translators Act (Wbtv). The bureau is part of the Council for Legal Aid and manages the Dutch register For Sworn interpreters And Translators.

The main powers and actions of Bureau Wbtv are listed below:

  • policy developments;
  • decide on application for enrollment;
  • Providing proof of enrollment with source and target languages;
  • Provide information from the Registry and the Fallback List;
  • Provision of proof of identity;
  • designate institutions and experts who may administer language and cultural tests.
  • Designation of training under PE;
  • strike out registration and notice in Government Gazette;
  • Establish and amend Complaints Committee Wbtv;
  • Record and handle complaints.

The agency is also a discussion partner for various parties in the interpreting and translation industry. These include training institutes, buyers of interpretation and translation services, trade and professional organizations, intermediaries in interpretation and translation services and the Ministry of JenV. In various contexts, discussions are held with these organizations about the operation of the Wbtv in practice and the needs and signals from the field.

Sworn interpreters and translators law

The Wbtv requires certain justice recipients (including the prosecutor's office, the police and IND) to use only interpreters and translators who are registered in the Rbtv.

The bill additionally provides some safeguards regarding the integrity of sworn interpreters and translators in the form of an oath, duty of confidentiality, a complaint and follow-through mechanism.

Register Rbtv

You must meet certain quality and integrity requirements in order to register in the Rbtv as a sworn translator. For example, you must be able to demonstrate your language skills in both the source and target languages. You can demonstrate this, for example, if you have completed a translation course at least at bachelor level or passed an Rbtv translation test at C1 level. Knowledge of the language and culture of the country of the source and target languages is also taken into account.

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Only when the Rbtv approves the request for registration will the translator be officially entered in the register. The translator then takes an oath at the court in order to officially call himself or herself a sworn translator. The registration is then valid for 5 years and can be renewed when PE requirements are met.

Interpreters and translators who do not meet the requirements because training and tests are not available for their language combination are included in the so-called Fallback List.

More about the requirements of the Rbtv

More about the requirements of the Rbtv

All our sworn translators are registered in the Rbtv

Are you looking for a sworn translator? Then look no further. We always have the right translator ready for you.

Order your sworn translation directly in our web shop and receive your translation within a few working days.

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We arrange everything for you

Finding a sworn translator for your document can be a long and complicated search. Moreover, the translator must be available, affordable and reliable. Beëdigd Vertaalbureau works with a huge network of professional sworn translators. So we know exactly who is competent and available to perform your translation. Moreover, we take care of all the financial and administrative arrangements. All you have to do is order the sworn translation and everything will be taken care of by us!

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At Beëdigd Vertaalbureau, you will be helped by licenced professionals. Each translator employed by us is a sworn translator for the language combination you need. So you can be confident that the translation you receive is a faithful representation of the original.

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Competitive rates

At Beëdigd Vertaalbureau we work with very competitive rates per page. Our rates are so competitive because we work with large numbers of translations and because we have automated the ordering process to a large extent. The efficiency of this process means that no unnecessary costs are incurred, and you will notice this in the prices you pay.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sworn translator? plus

A sworn translator is a translator who is listed in the Dutch register For Sworn interpreters And Translators(Rbtv). A sworn translator is sworn in by a court of law. To become a sworn translator, the translator must meet a number of quality requirements for education, work experience and integrity. The translator must also do continuing education to maintain his or her status as a sworn translator.

What is a sworn translation? plus

A sworn translation, also called a sworn or sworn translation, is a translation made by a sworn translator. This translator is registered with the Dutch register For Sworn interpreters And Translators(Rbtv) and has been sworn in by a court of law. Translations made by sworn translators are legally valid. So you engage a sworn translator when you are looking for a recognised translation of official documents. Think of evidence for a court, marriage certificates, statutes or birth certificates.

Can I also make a business application? plus

For sure! For example, we work for a large number of law firms and notary offices. Of course, the working method is then somewhat more tailored to the needs of the corporate client.