CIOL Qualifications Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI)

Please read: important information for those taking the DPSI.

DPSI - November 2020

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CIOL Qualifications continues to review arrangements for all exams and a decision has been made to offer the CIOL Qualifications Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting in November 2020 and not August as provisionally scheduled.

Our priority is the welfare of candidates, assessors and staff and with the impact that the current Coronavirus situation is having, the focus must be the safety and wellbeing of all involved. We appreciate that this is far from ideal but hope that you will consider this a good opportunity to spend more time preparing for the exam and achieving the professional qualification you require.

The exam has now been re-scheduled to take place in November 2020, oral units will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 November 2020 and written units on Tuesday 24 November 2020. CIOL Qualifications will continue to monitor the current situation and if the Coronavirus situation makes this unworkable, the November dates will be reviewed in light of the latest government information and guidelines provided.

Our Client Services Team is in contact with candidates who have submitted an application. If you have not yet registered for a session please submit a completed application form which you will find here.

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To find out how to register and prepare for the exam, and to find an exam centre, click here.

Gaining the DPSI is the hallmark of a professional interpreter and CIOL's DPSI offers so much more than just a qualification. With the backing of the lead professional body for all things interpreting, translation and language, you can be certain this isn't just any DPSI.

As the standard setter, employers, agencies and contractors know that a CIOL DPSI holder has taken no short cuts to ensuring their skills are second to none.

CIOL DPSI holders are tested rigorously and in depth to prove they have the language skills, the interpreting technique and the right ethical approach to handle the most demanding public service encounters. Add to that:

  • Membership of the leading professional body for language practitioners
  • Protection for both the interpreter and the end-user through a stringent code of conduct
  • Access to online CPD
  • A mentoring programme and an instant job board (Find-a-Linguist)

And you'll start to understand why the CIOL DPSI qualifies you not just for work but to become part of a community of like-minded professionals respected for their skill, expertise and experience.

In addition, our chartership can set you apart and ensure you get the recognition and reward you deserve.


Unit 01 Interpret consecutively and simultaneously (whispered)




Unit 02 Provide a sight translation into English




Unit 03 Provide a sight translation from English




Unit 04 Translate into English




Unit 05 Translate from English




Full registration fee (all units)* £680.00

*Fees are capped at £680.00; if the total cost of the units you are sitting exceeds this amount, the maximum payment is still £680.00