The Diploma in Police Interpreting (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.
The DPI replaced the Metropolitan Police Test as a regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual.
Level: first degree-level qualification in terms of language skills required.
The qualification is composed of five units:
You can take the DPI exam in a wide variety of languages. View the DPI languages list for more information.
For detailed information on the content and format of the qualification please refer to the DPI Qualification specification
It is good practice to prepare for a professional qualification by following a course of study. Courses are available from external providers. Please refer to the list of centres and contact course providers directly.
Please note that as the Awarding Organisation for the DPI, we are unable to endorse or recommend any particular courses.
An online demo test is available if you are preparing to take the DPI online. This recommended to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance.
*Higher grades of membership (Career Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow) are also eligible to enter for exams and access the same exam preparation resources
All five units of the exam can be taken in June and November.
Exam dates for November 2021
As well as the exam fee, candidates must pay the CIOLQ Virtual Centre Fee. Fees are reviewed annually.
|Unit 01 Interpret consecutively two-way in a police context and
take a police statement
Unit 02 Interpret simultaneously–whispered–from English in a
Unit 03 Provide a sight translation from English in a police
Unit 05 Translate from English in a police context
Full exam registration*
(all five units)
*Fees are capped at £635.00; if the total cost of the units you are sitting exceeds this amount, the maximum payment is still £635.00.
For more information, please check our Invoicing and Billing Policy.
If you register to take the exam via the CIOLQ Virtual Centre (online) the following fees apply:
Full Enrolment Fee: £165.00
(all five units)
The November 2021 DPI exam is only available online at CIOLQ Virtual Centre.
The DPI qualification is available for Advanced Learner Loans which as of the 2016/17 academic year are expanded to learners from the age of 19 and to include designated qualifications up to level 6.
The loan applies to tuition fees for DPI preparation courses delivered by colleges or training providers in England approved to offer loans by the Skills Funding Agency. Please check with the course provider to find out about their eligibility and availability of a course.
Loans are available for learners starting a course after 1 August 2018. The last date for enrolment in any future course will be 31 July 2019.
Please note that CIOL Qualifications does not offer courses and therefore does not deal with any aspects of these loans. As the Awarding Organisation our role is limited to nominating the qualification for Advanced Learner Loans designation.
The examination is open to anyone who wishes to take it. There are no absolute entry requirements, but regular attendance on a course is strongly recommended.
Registration for the November 2021 DPI session is open until 5pm on Friday 15 October 2021. Applications received after this date will be subject to a late registration fee. Please refer to the Invoicing, Fees and Billing Policy.
To register, download the DPI Entry Form. Complete all fields electronically and save to your files. Please submit the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Candidate is only fully registered when the exam fee has been received and payment has been cleared.
Candidates preparing for the Diploma in Police Interpreting are supported through membership of CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate. This membership grade provides access to resources to support preparation as well as other membership benefits. Exam candidates are encouraged to join CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate as soon as they know they intend to take the exam to ensure they get the most out of their membership. Registration with CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate or in professional membership grades is a pre-requisite for exam registration. The applicant's current membership number must be quoted on the exam entry form in order to be processed. Please see IoLET Affiliate membership for further details.
Please send any enquires regarding registration to email@example.com.
Certificates will be released electronically. For further details, please see the Key Dates document on the right of this page.
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