CIOL Qualifications

Assessment update

We continue to monitor the advice from the UK Government regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on our assessments. We believe the move to our online Virtual Centre for our professional exams has been the right thing to do, and will help secure our assessment provision now and in the future whilst keeping our candidates safer throughout the remaining challenges of Covid-19.

We understand this is still a difficult time for all and realise that undertaking assessment online comes with its own challenges and can pose anxiety for some candidates, however we aim to continue to provide support so that you, our candidates, can progress with as little disruption as possible.

Professional qualifications for:






Public Service Interpreters:






Police Interpreters:


Diploma in Translation (DipTrans)
Level 7






Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) Level 6





Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI) Level 6


Our translator and interpreter qualifications have been developed to meet professional language standards and are regularly reviewed to ensure that they remain relevant, reliable and valid. 

Created by fellow language professionals they are designed to allow candidates to demonstrate the highest levels of translating and interpreting. They are widely recognised by government departments, agencies, business organisations and public services.

A qualification for:

Police Officers & staff:

      Certificate in Bilingual
      Skills - Police
      (Level 3)

A note to candidates – changes to exam completion period:

Following completion of the DPSI and DPI exam sessions in November 2020, and the DipTrans session in January 2021, CIOL Qualifications will reduce the current exam completion timeframe from 5 years to 3 years. This change will apply to all exam sessions which take place after 01 February 2021. 

Currently all units that comprise a qualification must be successfully completed within a five year period for candidates to be awarded the full qualification. In 2021 all new applicants for our qualifications will be required to complete the qualification within a three year period. The three year full exam completion period applies from the first year that a candidate receives a unit certificate. Therefore, once a candidate has received a ‘pass’ in any part of an exam, they have two more years to successfully complete all outstanding parts of a qualification .

Candidates who registered and passed a unit of the qualification between 2017 and 2020 continue to have 5 years in which to complete the full qualification and will not be impacted by this change.