CIOL Qualifications Level 6 Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI)

DPI - June 2020

CIOL Qualifications has reviewed arrangements for all exams scheduled to take place between now and the end of July 2020 and a decision has been made to postpone the Diploma in Police Interpreting.

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 provisionally re-scheduled to take place in August 2020, date to be confirmed as soon as possible. CIOL Qualifications is constantly monitoring the current situation and if the Coronavirus situation makes this unworkable, the August session will be pushed  back to November. Please note due to the current extraordinary Coronavirus pandemic, only one exam session will take place in 2020. If the August session takes place, there will not be another session till 2021.

Our Client Services Team is in contact with candidates who have submitted an application. If you did not register for the June session but want to register for the August session please submit a completed application form which you will find here.

If you have any queries please contact us by email only to:

CIOL DPI is a professional qualification for those who work, or would like to work, as interpreters for Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is an Ofqual regulated, nationally recognised qualification and the skills specific to police interpreting.

The CIOL DPI qualification can lead to improved career prospects. Once you have obtained your qualification, you can use DPI after your name and you will also be eligible for membership with the Chartered Institute of Linguists.


Unit 01 Interpret consecutively two-way in a police context and   
take a police statement


Unit 02 Interpret simultaneously–whispered–from English in a 
police context

Unit 03 Provide a sight translation from English in a police 

Unit 04 Translate a police statement into English



Unit 05 Translate from English in a police context



Full registration (all units)





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