Chartered Institute
of Linguists

Benefits of Membership

Wherever you are in your studies, career and life, and however you use or intend to use your language skills, CIOL membership is for you. As your qualifications, skills and experience develop, our membership pathway will support you and enable you to advance your career and goals as a linguist.

In addition to our three professional grades of membership – Associate, Member and Fellow – we offer Affiliate grades to support students, studying and newly qualified linguists, as well as those who use languages as part of their work and life.

Here are some of the benefits of CIOL Membership.

Professional grades

Achieving professional membership demonstrates that you meet the requirements and standards for good practice in the professional use of your language skills. Membership is open to anyone who uses their language skills as the main or a major part of their work. There are three grades of professional membership: Associate (ACIL), full Member (MCIL) and Fellow (FCIL), plus chartership.

Some Key Benefits:

Professional recognition as a linguist: CIOL professional membership demonstrates your professional standing and commitment to languages to clients and employers.

The full range of professional membership benefits include:

  • Use of CIOL designatory letters ACIL, MCIL or FCIL and the relevant CIOL logo to display on your website, LinkedIn and other social media profiles, email footer, CV.
  • Free entry in CIOL’s online Member Check and, for translators, interpreters and language teachers, a listing in the the Find-a-Linguist directory (in accordance with clause 4.1 of the CIOL Code of Professional Conduct) putting new clients in touch with you.
  • Exclusive access to our webinar library of around 200 training videos, free of charge, to support you in your CPD activities and to enhance your professional learning.
  • Access to CIOL's mentoring platform.
  • Competitive rates for Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • For freelancers and businesses, access to a range of CIOL template contracts and info sheets.
  • The Linguist, CIOL's professional journal.
  • Monthly members' eNews update including CIOL news, events and language updates.
  • CPD and events offered by CIOL and its professional divisions.

Affiliate grades

Our affiliate grades are for those who have and love languages, who are studying either for an academic or a professional language qualification, who are starting their career, or who are more experienced linguists who use their languages as part of the their work but not its sole or primary focus.

Some Key Benefits:

Recognition of you as a linguist: being a CIOL affiliate demonstrates you are developing and using your languages and are a valued member of the global community of linguists.

  • Joining a vibrant international community of fellow linguists
  • Access to CIOL webinars
  • Access to CIOL's mentoring platform
  • Our monthly eNewsletter with updates from CIOL on the world of languages and linguists
  • The digital edition of The Linguist magazine sent to you every quarter

Apply and join CIOL today

See the full list of CIOL Benefits by grade here.