Since 2008, The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) and the Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) have jointly conducted examinations for the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille (UEB). These open-book examinations, offered annually, test a candidate’s working knowledge of the UEB code. They also set a high standard of braille production to which we believe all braille transcribers should aspire.
The examination is held in Australia in the first two weeks of October. Candidates are allowed one full week to complete the examination, beginning on their elected date of 1 or 8 October.
Registrations for the 2016 test have now closed.
The cost of the examination to Australian candidates is $77 (GST Inclusive). Payment is to be made prior to the examination period via credit card, paypal or direct deposit. Round Table will issue a tax invoice upon receipt of payment.
Who should apply?
In order to be successful in obtaining a Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in UEB, a candidate must have extensive experience in the production of a variety of braille materials and a thorough reading and writing knowledge of the UEB code. Such skills are usually, but not exclusively, those of braille transcribers, proofreaders, teachers, teacher-aides and parents.
It is recommended that candidates confirm their readiness for the examination using the Sample Papers provided below. Candidates should be well-practised in six-key entry and braille proofreading.
The Trans-Tasman Proficiency Certificate is available to people living in Australia and New Zealand. Those living in the South Pacific Islands are also welcome to apply if they do not have their own Braille Authority. Residents from elsewhere are advised to seek certification advice from the governing body for Braille within their own country, as our Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency will not serve as a recognised qualification for them.
Examination structure and package content
The examination consists of three parts.
Part A: Transcription of three print passages to braille in three different genres, totalling approximately 1500 words in all.
Part B: Transcription of a braille passage to print.
Part C: Proofreading, i.e. identifying the errors in a passage. A braille passage containing errors is provided, together with an error-free copy of the passage (in either print or uncontracted marked-up braille).
The examination package also includes instructions and marking criteria for each section. Touch readers completing the examination are provided with uncontracted mark-up braille format of Part A and Part C print materials and also a list of the markup codes which are used.
Choice of braille writing equipment
Candidates may complete braille responses using a manual brailler such as a Perkins or Perky Duck manual braille entry software. Perky Duck is available for free download. It can only be used in conjunction with a keyboard that can register simultaneous entry of six keys.
Use of braille translation software is strictly forbidden and will result in automatic failure.
All braille responses must be submitted in hard copy form. Perky Duck files should also be submitted and will be checked to ensure that braille translation software has not been used in their production.
Self proofreading/checking of your work is both permitted and encouraged, as this is an important component of the transcription process. Check your work carefully for correct braille, formatting and clear braille dots.
Candidates are encouraged to use these sample papers to prepare for the examination and confirm their readiness.
For print readers:
For touch readers:
The Proficiency test is an open book examination. Essential references for those wishing to sit the examination in Australia are:
- The Rules of Unified English Braille (2013)
- Unified English Braille: Australian Training Manual (2014)
- Australian Braille Authority Rules and Guidelines for Formatting Braille (2016)
Further information regarding braille codes, including updates, can be found on our Unified English Braille page.
For further information about the conduct of this year’s Trans-Tasman Proficiency Certificate in Unified English Braille, please contact us.