Chartered Institute
of Linguists

Apply and join CIOL today

Wherever you are in your career as a language professional – an undergraduate studying a language at university or an experienced, qualified translator, interpreter, teacher, or using your languages in another professional capacity – we have a grade of membership to suit you. Through membership CIOL provides you with a pathway to support your career ambitions, your professional development, and is your route to chartership. 

We aim to make the online application process as straightforward and smooth as possible but please contact the membership team if you need help or advice.

Step 1 – Find your grade

Read our membership admissions criteria then use our two-step Grade Finder to find your grade.

Step 2 – Apply online

Complete the online form for the grade you wish to apply for.

Simply create a website account and then log in before returning to this page and follow the relevant link below to complete the online form:

If you work in education, follow this link for more information.

For Associate, Member and Fellow applications please make sure you have all the evidence required, including details of your referees, before completing your application.

  • If you are seeking Chartered status alongside your Member or Fellow application, please remember to include evidence of your CPD and a reflective statement setting out your commitment to maintaining, developing and enhancing your linguistic excellence and upholding the professional standards of the profession.

Step 3 – Payment

  • Student Affiliate membership is free
  • Study Affiliate applications must be accompanied by the annual membership fee of £27 payable as part of the online application form
  • Affiliate, AssociateMember and Fellow applications must be accompanied by an assessment fee of £25, payable as part of the online application form

If you're also seeking chartership alongside your Member or Fellow application, please remember to include evidence of your CPD and a reflective statement.

What next?

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged and assessment will begin.

Please do not submit your application unless you have all the evidence required including details of your referees (Associate, Member, Fellow applications only).

Affiliate, AssociateMember and Fellow applications - we aim to advise you of the outcome within six weeks of submission. If your application is successful we will let you know the annual fee you need to pay in order to activate your membership.