The Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) is the gold standard for anyone wanting a career as a freelance translator or to work as a translator for international corporations worldwide and meets the need for a high-level professional translating qualification.
Level: postgraduate-level qualification.
The qualification is composed of three units:
The CIOL Qualifications Level 7 Diploma in Translation tests professional translating skills at a postgraduate level of competence. The examination is open to all. However, candidates are advised to ensure prior to registering, that their level of linguistic attainment in the source language is at least equivalent to a good Honours degree, and that they are familiar with the relevant cultural background. In line with the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) requirements, as a guideline candidates should be 19yrs+.
The CIOL Qualifications Level 7 Diploma in Translation is a professional qualification, set at postgraduate level. It is the responsibility of each Candidate to ascertain that they are sufficiently prepared for the examination, and competent in both the source and target languages, have good writing skills and the ability to translate at a professional level.
We also offer preparatory notes on translation:
It is good practice to prepare for a professional qualification by following a course of study. Courses are available in different regions of the UK and at international centres. Please refer to the list of centres and contact course providers directly. Please note that as the Awarding Organisation for the DipTrans, we are unable to endorse or recommend any particular course.
A selection of free sample exam papers can be accessed by prospective candidates.
Remember however that you can access these resources as a membership benefit through:
*Higher grades of membership (Career Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow) are also eligible to enter for exams and access the same exam preparation resources
An online demo test is available if you are preparing to take the DipTrans online. This recommended to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance:
The January exams take place on 18, 19 and 20 January 2022.
18 January 2022: Unit 01 & Unit 02 English into Other Language only
19 January 2022: Unit 01 & Unit 02 Other Language into English only
20 January 2022: Unit 03 English into Other Language & Unit 03 Other Language into English
Candidates must pay exam fees and a centre fee. Fees are reviewed annually.
|Unit 01 Written Translation of a General Text
|Unit 02 One written translation of a Semi-specialised text in
a Technology, Business or Literature context
|Unit 03 One written translation of a Semi-specialised text in
a Science, Social Science or Law context
Any two units booked together
|Full registration (all units)||£616|
To take the exam online via the CIOLQ Virtual Centre, the following fees apply:
For more information, please check our Exam Fees, Invoicing and Billing Policy.
The next session of the DipTrans is available via the CIOLQ Virtual Centre only.
Certificates will be released electronically. For further details, please see the Key Dates July 2021 document on the right of this page.
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