Chartered Institute
of Linguists

CIOL position on Public Service Interpreting

CIOL welcomes frameworks which recognise the professional status of public service interpreters. We believe their professionalism should always be at the forefront of the selection and delivery of public service language services.

We also believe in fair pay and working conditions for interpreters, as both a right and a necessity - to maintain and nurture a profession on which important public service outcomes depend.

Appropriate standards and qualifications for interpreters protect the public and public services and are essential to assuring justice, health and local government outcomes among other public benefits.

Our Diploma in Public Service Interpreting and Diploma in Police Interpreting were set up to assess and recognise Public Service and Police Interpreters, and they do precisely that; we always welcome their wider recognition and use.

We believe there is value in an independent register of public service interpreters that supports both professional interpreters and the needs of UK public services; this important role is performed by the National Register of Public Service Interpreters NRPSI