Why you should become an IoLET Affiliate


Make the most of your membership while studying and join CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate.

The IoLET Affiliate grade is for linguists preparing for CIOL’s three flagship qualifications – the Diploma in Translation (DipTrans), Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) and Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI) – all offered by CIOL Qualifications, CIOL’s award organisation.

Candidates preparing for any one of these qualifications are required to join CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate.

What do IoLET Affiliates gain from CIOL membership? Among the most important benefits are guidance and resources to support candidates preparing for their exams.

Those taking the DipTrans, DPSI and DPI have access to past exam papers, training videos, examiners’ reports, preparation seminars and links to source texts1 via the qualifications tab at ciol.org.uk. If you are looking for a preparatory course provider or examination centre, you can use our online search facilities. 

As well as this very practical support, membership of CIOL offers a range of benefits and services to help raise your professional profile, support your professional development and enable you to connect with other practising linguists through CIOL’s various member and specialist networks.

A new benefit that IoLET Affiliates will find particularly useful is the CIOL mentoring scheme. This gives you the opportunity to match with a CIOL member who is able to mentor you as you prepare to take your professional exam and the next steps in your career path. There is a range of discounts for training webinars, books and software designed to help you enhance your knowledge and expertise.

Joining CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate is also your first step to becoming a Chartered Linguist. On successful completion of the DipTrans, DPSI or DPI, you will automatically be eligible to upgrade to associate member, and if you have the requisite work experience, you could even fast-track to full membership and becoming chartered.

At present, there are more than 1,200 IoLET Affiliates preparing for one of our highly valued qualifications. These are our professional members of the future, who are on their journey to becoming Chartered Linguists.

We would like to hear your views on how we can support you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch via membershipteam@ciol.org.uk. Visit ciol.org.uk/benefits to find out more.


1 Resources vary depending on the qualification you are studying; see www.ciol.org.uk/ciol-qualifications for details.