The Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI) is a professional qualification for those who work, or would like to work, as interpreters for Police forces in the UK.
The DPI replaced the Metropolitan Police Test as a regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual.
Level: first degree-level qualification in terms of language skills required.
The qualification is composed of five units:
You can take the DPI exam in a wide variety of languages. View the DPI languages list for more information.
For further information please see the DPI qualification overview.
It is essential that you read the Candidate Regulations to find out detailed information about the exam format, criteria and regulations.
It is good practice to prepare for a professional qualification by following a course of study. Courses are available from external providers. Please refer to the list of centres and contact course providers directly.
Please note that as the Awarding Organisation for the DPI, we are unable to endorse or recommend any particular courses.
A selection of free sample exam papers can be accessed by prospective candidates.
Non-members and Student Affiliates can purchase past DPI papers using this form: Past Paper Order Form. Remember however that you can access these as a membership benefit through:
*Higher grades of membership (Career Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow) are also eligible to enter for exams and access the same exam preparation resources
All five units of the exam can be taken in June and November.
Registration is open from 1 November 2016 until 28 February 2017
Registration is open from 1 June 2017 until 31 August 2017
Candidates must pay exam fees and a centre fee. Fees are reviewed annually.
£53 per unit
£159 - three or more units
See our list of centres to find the one nearest you. The venue for the IoLET Open Centre will be confirmed three to four weeks before the exam.
The DPI qualification is available for Advanced Learner Loans which as of the 2016/17 academic year are expanded to learners from the age of 19 and to include designated qualifications up to level 6.
The loan applies to tuition fees for DPI preparation courses delivered by colleges or training providers in England approved to offer loans by the Skills Funding Agency. Please check with the course provider to find out about their eligibility and availability of a course.
Loans are available for learners starting a course after 1 August 2017. The last date for enrolment in any future course will be 31 July 2018.
Please note that IoLET does not offer courses and therefore does not deal with any aspects of these loans. As the Awarding Organisation our role is limited to nominating the qualification for Advanced Learner Loans designation.
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.
To register for the DPI exam, simply download the Exam entry form and follow the instructions. Please submit the completed and signed form by post or by emailing a scan to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Candidate is only fully registered when the exam fee has been received and payment has been cleared.
Candidates preparing for the Diploma in Police Interpreting are supported through membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists 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.
You should also read the Candidate Regulations.
Please send any enquires regarding registration to email@example.com.
Quality assurance is built in throughout the life of a qualification. The diagram below describes a set of procedures IoLET follows from the examination taking place to issuing results. Rigorous checks are crucial to the quality of each of the IoLET qualifications and ensure the accuracy of the assessment decisions.
*DipTrans results are issued within 14 weeks of the examination day. DPSI / DPI results are issued within 12 weeks of the examination day.
DipTrans: Your certificate will be issued in July and sent to your home address.
DPSI: Certificates are issued at the end of October and sent to centres. Candidates who sit the exam at the IoLET Open Centre, London, receive their certificate directly.
DPI: You will receive your certificate within two months of the release of results.
All: Please advise IoLET immediately of any change of address as certificates cannot be reissued.
You have 21 days after the end of the exam session to submit a complaint in writing. Please see the complaints policy and procedures.
You have two weeks after receiving your results to lodge an appeal. Please see the enquiries on results and appeals policy and procedures.