The CIOL Qualifications Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) is a qualification for those who work, or would like to work, in one of these areas:
Level: first degree-level qualification in terms of language skills required.
The qualification is available in the following pathways:
There are many benefits to holding the qualification:
The qualification is composed of five units for each pathway:
For detailed information on the content and format of the qualification please refer to the DPSI Qualification Specification.
You can take the DPSI in a wide range of languages. View the DPSI languages list for more information.
It is the responsibility of each candidate to ascertain that they are sufficiently prepared for the exam and are familiar with public service procedures and specialist vocabulary relating to the pathway chosen. The exam is available both to candidates attending courses in centres recognised by CIOL Qualifications and to independent candidates.
Role play topics for the DPSI exam will be posted here two weeks in advance of the exam.
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. Please refer to the list of centres and contact course providers directly. Please note that as the Awarding Organisation, we are unable to endorse or recommend any particular course.
An online demo test is available if you are preparing to take the DPSI online. This recommended to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance.
If you are studying for the Law pathway, you may wish to supplement your studies with a five-part interactive preparatory online workshop available to CIOL members in our webinar library.
In order to prepare for the DPSI exam, you must become an IoLET Affiliate member of CIOL. This will give you access to a number of past papers and examiner reports via a tab in this section of the website.
Please see the IoLET Affiliate page for further information and to register online.
*Higher grades of membership (Career Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow) are also eligible to enter for exams and access the same exam preparation resources
November 2021 exam dates:
All oral units only: 15 November – 24 November 2021
All written units only: 25 November 2021
As well as the exam fee, candidates must pay the CIOLQ Virtual Centre Fee.
|Full registration (all units)*||£680|
For more information, please check our Exam Fees, Invoicing and Billing Policy.
*Fees are capped at £680.00; if the total cost of the units you are sitting exceeds this amount, the maximum payment is still £680.00
If you register to take the exam via the CIOLQ Virtual Centre (online) the following fees apply:
For more information, please check our Invoicing and Billing Policy.
The November 2021 DPSI exam is only available online at CIOLQ Virtual Centre.
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.
We are now in the extended registration period for the November 2021 DPSI session. Please submit your application no later than 17:00 on 22 October 2021. Applications received during this period will be subject to a late registration fee. Please refer to the Invoicing, Fees and Billing Policy.
To register, download the DPSI Entry Form. Complete all fields electronically and save to your files. If you are sitting at the CIOLQ Virtual Centre (online) please submit the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are applying to sit at a different Examination Centre please submit your Entry Form to your Centre directly. Please note that Centre enrolment fees are independent from CIOL exam fees; you must ensure the payment for the Centre and the exam are cleared before your exam takes place – a candidate is only fully registered when the exam fee has been received and payment has been cleared.
Where a minimum number of candidates is required for a particular exam, and where that number has not been reached by the close of registration, CIOL Qualifications reserves the right to withdraw that exam at which time the candidate will receive a full refund of the Exam Fee.
Candidates preparing for the DPSI 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.
Certificates will be released electronically. For further details, please see the Key Dates document on the right of this page.
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