When asked "what was the main reason for joining CIOL?" an overwhelming 90% of members stated:
This was followed by:
Source: CIOL Member Survey 2014.
Our pre-professional affiliate grades are for linguists studying either an academic, vocational or professional language qualification, for linguists who are just starting their career and for practitioners who use languages in the course of their work but where languages are not the main component of their job. The CIOL affiliate grades are Student Affiliate, IoLET Affiliate and Career Affiliate.
There are three grades of professional membership: Associate (ACIL), full Member (MCIL) and Fellow (FCIL). Professional membership of CIOL demonstrates that you have met the rigorous requirements and standards for good practice in the professional use of your language skills. Membership is open to anyone who uses their foreign language skills in a professional context, whether employed or freelance. This includes interpreters, translators, and foreign language teachers, and lecturers, providers of specialist language services and linguists who work in business, commerce and industry. Find your grade.
Membership of CIOL offers the paractising and aspiring language professional a range of benefits and services which will enable you to raise your professional profile, support your professional development, provide access to valuable information and tools and connect you with other linguists through our member networks.
As a professional member, you will be able to use the designatory letters "ACIL" (Associate), "MCIL" (Member) or "FCIL" (Fellow), plus "CL" for members who are chartered.
Membership will inspire trust and confidence in your clients, employers and your peers and the designatory letters are a public badge which states that you meet CIOL's rigorous criteria and standards for best practice in the use of languages professionally.
For pre-professional members (Student, IoLET and Career Affiliates), your membership illustrates your commitment to your professional development and will indicate that you are on the pathway to professional membership and chartership. The full range of benefits for each grade of membership can be found here.
You are more than likely eligible to apply for chartership if you:
You can apply online. Please first ensure you have read the membership entry criteria in full and have gathered the evidence you need to support your application.
All Career Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow applications must be accompanied by a one-off non-refundable £25.00 assessment fee. There is no assessment fee required for Student Affiliate or IoLET Affiliate applications.
Once admitted to CIOL, the membership team will be in touch about the membership fee, which will be pro-rated if you join part-way through the membership year (1 September-31 August). Membership fees are detailed here.