Benefits of membership

Membership of CIOL offers the practising 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, Associate, Member, Fellow, Chartered Linguist you will be able to use the designatory letters FCIL (Fellow), MCIL (Member), ACIL (Associate) 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.  

All members are entitled to receive a digital logo, stating your grade of CIOL membership. This can be used on websites, social media pages, CVs, email signatures and business cards. This can be linked to your unique listing on the member check. In addition to professional status and recognition, CIOL members have access to a huge range of benefits and services:
 

Gain professional recognition

In the last CIOL Member Survey, three quarters of all respondents stated that professional status was important to them and 87% of members confirmed that being a member of CIOL provided this.

Members also place a high value on belonging to a professional community and the importance of professional integrity (through the CIOL Code of Professional Conduct)

CIOL members are part of an internationally recognised and respected network. Achieving professional membership demonstrates that you have met CIOL's rigorous admissions criteria; members in the professional grades of membership, Associate, Member and Fellow can further enhance their professional status by using the post nominals ACIL (Associate), MCIL (Member) and FCIL (Fellow).

For pre-professional members (Student, IoLET and Career Affiliates) your membership illustrates your commitment to your own professional development and will indicate to prospective employers, clients and your peers that you are on the pathway to professional membership and chartership.

Demonstrate your membership

All members are entitled to use a digital member logo, stating their grade of membership. This can be used on websites, social media pages, CVs, emails signatures and business cards. The logos encourage clients to check memberships online using our new member check facility.

Code of professional conduct

Members recognise the importance of professional integrity and therefore the value of CIOL's Code of Professional Conduct, which gives protection to both members and the users of language services.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)

Professional Indemnity Insurance is a must for all freelance language practitioners. On behalf of its members, and as part of the CIOL Advantage scheme, we are able to offer CIOL members advantageous rates through Trafalgar Risk Management.  Members can make significant savings and if you find the same cover for less, Trafalgar Risk Management will try to match it through the Indemnity Price Promise.

Specialist accountancy support

Through the CIOL Advantage scheme members can access specialist accountancy and support services, such as tax planning advice offered by Brookson, a company with 20 years' experience.

Legal helpline

CIOL offers Members and Fellows free legal advice through Purple Legal. This is more than just a legal helpline; qualified lawyers are on hand to discuss your issue whenever the need should arise and whatever the query. The team will not only answer your query but if any legal work is required, Purple Legal can carry out that work at discounted rates. The service extends to all personal or professional matters.

Income protection

Through PG Mutual, CIOL offer its members income protection. They offer a plan that provides regular income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury. They offer a price guarantee and 20% saving on the premiums for each of your first two years of cover.

My CIOL

Manage your CIOL membership online: update your contact details and manage your Find-a-Linguist directory listingsrenew online, access benefits such as the CIOL's range of member logos, find out how to upgrade and apply for chartership.

The Linguist

Published six times a year, The Linguist is CIOL's professional journal. All members will receive a digital copy; Career Affiliates, Associates, Members and Fellows will also receive a personal hard copy. The Linguist offers readers a wide range of articles that will be of interest and value to all language practitioners. In the last member survey, The Linguist was the most highly-valued benefit of membership.

Information sheets

New for the 2016/17 membership year, CIOL will be introducing a series of information sheets – CIOL Info. We will cover a wide range of topics offering support to our members so if there's a subject you would like us to cover please contact us.

The Linguist

Published six times a year, The Linguist is CIOL's professional journal. All members will receive a digital copy; Career Affiliates, Associates, Members and Fellows will also receive a personal hard copy. The Linguist offers readers a wide range of articles that will be of interest and value to all language practitioners. In the last member survey, The Linguist was the most highly valued benefit of membership.

Standard Terms of Business for interpreters and translators

Developed by our Interpreting and Translation Divisions and approved by CIOL's legal team, these model terms of business templates will save freelancers time and money.

Specimen contract

Developed by our Interpreting and Translation Divisions and approved by CIOL's legal team, this speciment contract will save freelancers time and money.

Book and software discounts

CIOL has negotiated a range of discounts on books and software including:

  • 30% discount on all books published by Multilingual Matters and Channel View Publications
  • 20% discount on translation and interpreting titles from Routledge
  • 30% discount on memoQ Translator Pro Licence.

In addition through CIOL Advantage, members can take advantage of savings between 2% and 10% on a wide range of Apple products, including free delivery on all orders.

IoLET exam preparation resources: past papers, examiners reports and more

Members preparing for one of our professional qualifications can download a range of exam preparation resources: past papers, examiners reports and a range of other examination specific support material.

CPD webinars

CIOL’s accredited CPD partner, eCPD Webinars Ltd. offers a wide range of CPD webinars and training videos to CIOL members at a 10% discount. Titles include "Colouring within the Lines: Ethics for Legal Translators and Interpreters", "Sales and Marketing for Translators and Interpreters", "Coping with Change: Diversification and SWOT analysis for linguists", "Flying High – career guidance for undergrads and postgrads thinking about a career in languages" and "Going Freelance? Nervous? For linguists moving into the self-employed market".

Professional qualifications

A range of professional qualifications are offered through CIOL's awarding organisation IoL Educational Trust, including high-level specialist translation and interpreting qualifications.

Special interest events

Offered by one of three specialist divisions, CIOL members have the opportunity to participate in networking events and CPD activities for linguists specialising in interpreting, translating, or using languages in a professional context.

Upgrading your membership

CIOL can support you career development and progression. We will encourage you to upgrade your membership when eligible to do so, so that your grade accurately reflects the level at which you work.

Become chartered

Chartership is recognised worldwide as the gold standard for practitioners, whatever their profession. It is publicly understood as a badge of quality and competence. Chartership is available to all full-paying CIOL full Members and Fellows. You can also apply for chartership at the point of joining CIOL, if you have the requisite work experience. Whatever grade of membership you are in, you will be on the pathway to chartership.

Professional examinations

Our awarding organisation, IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) offers a range of specialist qualifications in translation and interpreting. Our qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised and will aid career progression.

CV writing service

CIOL members can claim 15% discount on the CV writing service offered by CV & Interview Advisors. In addition members will receive a free cover letter and a pack of practical career resources worth over £50.00

LinkedIn profile writing service

You can also save 20% on their LinkedIn profile writing service. 85% of recruiters (including agencies and clients) will view your LinkedIn profile. It is fast becoming an essential networking tool, so it's worth investing a small amount of money to ensure your profile is working for you.

Interview coaching service

Through the organisation, CV & Interview Advisors, CIOL members will benefit from a 15% discount on interview coaching which includes a mock interview and verbal feedback.

Find-a-Linguist

Our online directory Find-a-Linguist is a valuable tool helping you to reach new clients. The directory puts businesses, agencies and individuals looking for a language service in touch with CIOL members. In our recent member survey this was the most valued benefit of membership for language practitioners under the age of 40. Members can manage their Find-a-Linguist listings online.

"I am delighted with the response I have received since being listed on the Find-a-Linguist directory. I have had several new enquiries and three new clients in as many weeks. I have the impression that clients who chose to work with CIOL members value quality and the skills and knowledge of their linguists." – Catherine Marquart MCIL

Build your networks and client base

Members have the opportunity to join one (or more) of three specialist networks:

Our Divisions offer members support in their specialist field plus the opportunity to network through special interest events, CPD activities and online forums. In addition, members can join a local society or network which offer social and professional development events for all linguists in a defined geographical location.

Social media

Join in the conversation via our active LinkedIn group. Help and support other members and post questions of your own.

CIOL Advantage

CIOL Advantage offers members a wide-range of discounts on a portfolio of everyday personal and professional products and services. The top five benefits recently accessed by CIOL members are:

  • Up to 10% discount on a wide range of Apple products
  • Up to 40% savings on cinema tickets from participating cinemas including Empire and Cineworld
  • Discount voucher for a case of wine from naked Wines
  • Savings on gym memberships including Virgin Active, David Lloyd and Fitness First
  • Savings through My Cashback Cards – earn cashback of between 3 and 15% when shopping with major retailers including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Debenhams and B&Q
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Book and software discounts

CIOL has negotiated a range of discounts on books and software including:

  • 30% discount on all books published by Multilingual Matters and Channel View Publications
  • 20% discount on translation and interpreting titles from Routledge
  • 30% discount on memoQ Translator Pro Licence.

In addition, through CIOL Advantage, members can take advantage of savings between 2 and 10% on a wide range of Apple products, including free delivery on all orders.

Savings on CPD workshops and webinars

CIOL members enjoy 20% discount on our CPD workshops. Members can also take advantage of a 10% discount on webinars offered by eCPD Webinars Ltd, a CIOL Accredited CPD Partner.

NUS Extra Card

A must for all CIOL Student Affiliates.

The NUS extra card offered by the National Union of Students offers thousands of discounts on everything from student essentials to fashion. CIOL Student Affiliates can take advantage of a special deal, 13 months for £10.00, which is a 20% saving on the usual price with an extra month free. NUS extra now comes with 1 year free ISIC. You could enjoy 25% discount at Zizzi, Prezzo and Chiquito, 50% of Spotify Premium packages, 40% off Pizza Express and 25% off National Express.

Members' Day

Members are invited to come together for the annual Members' Day, usually held in Central London. A day of practical workshops and seminars combined with the prestigious Threlford Lecture which is normally followed by a networking reception. A great opportunity to meet fellow members, the CIOL staffCouncil and representatives from our Divisions and Societies.

CPD, Special Interest and Networking events

CIOL offers a number of events throughout the year. Members receive preferential booking and a discount on the fee to attend. We publish the full programme online and we are always open to suggestions for new face-to-face activities to enhance the programme further.

Volunteering opportunities

There are many ways for members to get involved. You can simply attend an event or become more active by supporting a division or society.

In addition, we have a number of committees that you could contribute to such as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Applications Committee, the Chartered Linguist Registration Board and of course Council itself. Volunteering is a great way to extend your knowledge and understanding and to use your skills whilst gaining new ones.

Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Join in the conversation. Our social media channels are a great way to link up with other language professionals:

Twitter
LinkedIn page and group
Facebook

Have your say – surveys and polls

We seek our members views regular throughout the year, so take part and have your say.

The Linguist

CIOL's professional journal The Linguist is a great read. Packed with interesting articles on language related topics you will find that it is a great way of keeping up-to-date with developments in the world of languages.

Members' update

Our monthly newsletter brings you Institute news and information on latest CIOL events and external activities.

News and blogs

Keep up-to-date with CIOL news and news pertinent to the languages profession. New for 2016, we will be inviting members and other language practitioners to contribute to a regular blog feature. If you have something to say and are a member of CIOL please contact us with a 50-word outline of your blog topic.