Chartered Institute
of Linguists


Use CIOL’s free online service to help you find a professional, qualified and/or Chartered translator, interpreter, tutor or other language specialist.

Start your search

Simply enter your required languages into the relevant search box below. You can further refine your search criteria by specialisation and other skills when prompted.




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Member check

Use this to check a CIOL member / Chartered Linguist.
You don’t need to add diacritics to search accurately (e.g. entering “Muller” will find "Müller").
Search for five-digit membership numbers beginning with 2, 3 or 4, e.g. 23456
You can also check a member's credentials using the member check.

Why use a CIOL member?

CIOL members listed in the directory are all professional linguists and have met CIOL's rigorous admissions criteria.

Their qualifications and work experience have been assessed and they have agreed to abide by CIOL's Code of Professional Conduct. Language work in the UK is not regulated but you can be assured that CIOL's members are highly competent language practitioners committed to upholding and maintaining professional standards.

Looking for a certified translation?

The UK does not have a system of ‘sworn' or ‘certified' translators accredited by a particular body, unlike many other countries. Translations required for official purposes – such as birth, death and marriage certificates, legal documents, academic transcripts, etc. can, however, be ‘self-certified' by any practising translator, including CIOL members and Chartered Linguists. Whilst certification does not in itself guarantee the quality of a translation, it does serve to identify the translator and their credentials and makes them accountable for their work.

You should check with the organisation requesting a certified translation exactly what is required and explain this clearly to the translator when commissioning work from them. It is important to allow enough time for the translation to be completed, certified and sent back to you. Bear in mind that most professional translators will charge a small additional fee, on top of the price of the translation, for certification.

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