Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Whether you live in Colorado or Colombia (or anywhere else, for that matter!), we’d love to have you join CITA. Visit our Membership Page and you can become a member today!

Yes, certainly! CITA members get to attend in-person events like our annual post-holiday dinner and our CITA Conference at a discounted registration rate.

As a member, you become automatically part of our general email list to receive CITA’s main communications. We also have a discussion group for members only hosted on

If you are not a member, you can subscribe to our News & Events mailing list.

Our social media pages are linked in the footer of each page on our website. 

In addition, CITA offers a members-only Facebook group and an email discussion group via

Payments by check to CITA may be sent directly to the Treasurer:
Ilona Mason, Treasurer
 2003 E 148th Ave.
Thornton CO 80602

CITA no longer has a P.O. Box. Any questions regarding payments may be directed to the CITA Treasurer

Translators and interpreters perform similar tasks, but in different settings. A translator converts written material from one language (the source language) into a different language (the target language), while an interpreter converts spoken material, for example during a conference, meeting, or a telephone call.

American Translators Association (ATA) certification is a valuable credential for persons working in the field of written translation. The ATA website has a great deal of information about preparing for and taking the exam. Exam sittings may be scheduled to be taken online, at your convenience. For information and registration, visit

CITA no longer regularly hosts ATA exam sittings in-person.

Membership Questions

Our new membership system is fully automated. Shortly before your membership expires, you will be notified by email of your membership renewal. This email notice will contain instructions on how to renew.

If you’d like to check your membership expiration date, sign into the website and click here.

Our membership year runs concurrent with the calendar year. Membership renewals start on January 1 and run through February 15. If you don’t renew by February 15, your access to member resources such as your posting in the membership directory, access to private messaging platforms (CITA-discuss mail list, Private Facebook group) and member discounts for events will be forfeited.

Yes, anyone becoming a new member or renewing their membership between July 1 and November 30 of any given year will pay prorated membership dues.

No, although CITA is an ATA chapter, our memberships are separate. However if you are an ATA member, please be sure to check the box to allocate your Chapter Dues Rebate to CITA. If you check this box, then ATA will automatically pay 15% of your ATA dues to CITA in the form of a rebate.

No, candidates for the ATA exam must join ATA at least four weeks prior to the exam date, but do not need to be CITA members. For more information, please visit the page ATA Certification Exam.