A new pathway to membership

CIOL is pleased to announce a new membership pathway, designed to fulfil the organisation’s leading aim of growing membership over the coming years.

Before introducing the pathway, CIOL carried out a rigorous 10-month review of its membership model and, while it caters well for the professional linguist through its three professional grades (Associate, Member and Fellow), a new entry point was needed to encourage linguists preparing to enter the profession to join the organisation and take advantage of the benefits of membership throughout their studies and early on in their careers.

The new structure builds on and extends the current model. We have introduced three pre-professional grades aimed at linguists studying for a language qualification, newly qualified linguists, and linguists with limited work experience:

  • Student Affiliate grade - for anyone engaged in a course of study in a language or language combined with another subject;
  • IoLET Affiliate grade - for candidates of IoLET professional exams, CIOL’s Awarding Body;
  • Career Affiliate grade - for anyone considering a career using their foreign language skills, and those who have limited experience, who do not yet meet the entry criteria to join a professional grade.

A key objective of the new membership pathway is to align Chartered Linguist (CL) registration more closely with CIOL membership, achieved by removing the prerequisite of being a Member or Fellow for at least two years.

'This is an exciting time for CIOL', said Jane Galbraith, Head of Membership. 'The new membership pathway provides us with a framework which will encourage progression and will support all linguists wherever they are in their career. I am particularly excited that we can now offer a clear route to professional membership to newly qualified linguists and language learners. The next step is to engage with relevant audiences to promote the various routes into membership and to encourage more language practitioners to seek chartership.'

The new membership grades have been given the go-ahead by CIOL’s Council and come into effect from 1 September 2016.

An article previewing the new membership pathway appears in The Linguist, issue 55,2, and is reproduced here.


Further information from:
Jane Galbraith
Head of Membership
Chartered Institute of Linguists