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 DipTrans tests professional translating skills at a postgraduate level of competence. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ascertain that they are sufficiently prepared for the exam, and competent in both the source and target languages, have good writing skills and the ability to translate at a professional level.
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 courses 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. Non-members and Student Affiliates can purchase past DipTrans papers and Examiner Reports using these forms: Examiner Report Order Form and Past Paper Order Form.
An online demo test is available if you are preparing to take the DipTrans online. This is recommended to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance:
The January exams are held 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
Registration for the January 2022 exams has now closed.
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
|Full registration (all units)||£650|
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 on our Policies page.
The DipTrans is available online via the CIOLQ Virtual Centre.
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+.
To register to take the exam online at the CIOLQ Virtual Centre, please go to our online shop when registration opens. We will contact you in due course with details of your exam. Please note that you are only fully registered when payment for the exam fee has been cleared.
Due to illness/personal circumstances I could not attend the exam. Can I request a refund?
Candidates unable to sit an exam due to personal ill health may apply to be considered for the issue of a credit note to the value of 50% of the exam fee received. The credit note is valid for the next available exam session only and has no alternative cash value.
To apply for a credit note, submit a current medical certificate from your doctor to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than two weeks after the exam date. In the absence of any such proof, candidates are liable to forfeit the full exam fee paid. Any difference arising due to increased fees at the next exam session is payable by the candidate.
Please refer to our Policies page to find all the information you need for the questions below:
Something went wrong on the day of the exam. How do I report this?
Please refer to the Special Consideration policy.
How do I submit an enquiry, deliver a compliment, or lodge a complaint?
Please refer to the Enquiries, Compliments and Complaints policy.
What if I want to appeal my result?
Please refer to the Enquiries about Results and Appeals policy and Stage 1 application form.
I have passed a unit, but not the full qualification. Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, you will receive an electronic certificate for the unit which you have passed.
When and how are e-certificates released?
Please refer to the qualification Key Dates document. This gives you the date by which the electronic certificate will be emailed to you.
What is the cost of a resit?
Please refer to the Exam Fees, Invoicing and Billing policy. To resit a unit, you will need to pay the Standard Qualification Fee for the unit plus the Virtual Centre Fee for the unit.
How many times can I resit a unit?
You are required to complete the full qualification within a three-year period. CIOLQ does not specify how many times you resit a unit. The three-year full exam completion period applies from the first year that you receive a unit certificate.