Public service interpreters with the skills to work at the most complex levels (such as simultaneous interpreting in courtrooms), and experience of working on a wide variety of assignments, are highly sought after.
Those who want to take their career to the next stage may look to gain a relevant Level 6 qualification, such as the Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) – Law, which offers access to the most complex and highest paid assignments in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Police. Passing the ‘gold standard’ degree-level DPSI exam demonstrates the knowledge and expertise to succeed at the highest levels of the profession.
Alternatively, those with a Level 3 qualification who are not yet ready to undertake a higher level qualification can progress their career by completing relevant training courses, continuing to gain a wide variety of experience, and engaging in other forms of continuing professional development (CPD).
Another way to maximise credibility as an interpreter is to gain membership of leading professional bodies which comes with a host of benefits including peer networking and support.