Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI)

IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) is a specialist languages Awarding Organisation, the only one which can award the highly respected and proven IoLET Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI).

This is not the same as the recently launched qualification of the same title offered by TQUK and delivered by ISL, which is a separate untried and untested award. There is no connection between TQUK and IoLET nor between the two qualifications.

The IoLET DPSI has its origins in the 1980s when legal and language specialists came together with the aim of providing robust and reliable interpreting services for legal, health and local government contexts. With an established reputation over 30 years, the IoLET DPSI has a record of accrediting the very best interpreters and has built a strong community of professionals in the field.

Holders of the IoLET DPSI qualification provide an invaluable service at times of extreme vulnerability to those most in need of understanding judicial proceedings in their own language. This is recognised by courts, police and related services who all accept the IoLET qualification as the standard setter and the badge of excellence for public service interpreters.

The IoLET DPSI is offered twice a year with registered centres offering online and classroom based preparation courses and offers immediate membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists at a relevant grade.

Ann Carlisle, CEO, said: “Interpreters want reassurance that the qualification they take is rigorous and robust. The IoLET DPSI examination is a test of real-life interpreting and proves they possess the highly specialist skills required by the legal profession.”