Qualifications and Training

Our industry-leading qualifications and training have been selected to bring together ‘best in class’ development opportunities for public service interpreters in one place. Our aim is to help public service interpreters navigate the pathway into, and throughout, a career in the profession to ensure that they can fulfil their potential.

To keep things simple, we have chosen a small number of the most relevant and reputable Level 2 and 3 entry level qualifications, higher Level 6 qualification, and online CPD training courses for those who want to start, progress and develop a career as a public service interpreter. We intend to grow this portfolio over time and develop new and innovative learning and development opportunities tailored to the needs of those in the role – if there’s something you think would be useful, please contact us with any suggestions.

The Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CCI) provides the opportunity for those who can speak multiple languages fluently with the perfect starting point for a successful career as a public service interpreter. Our innovative online exam-only Level 3 CCI, which can be booked in conjunction with a webinar-based preparation course, offers a convenient and accessible way for those with existing interpreting experience to get a formal qualification. For those with limited experience and no prior training, we also offer the classroom-based Ascentis Level 3 CCI; a combined learning and assessment qualification taken at our exam centre in London.

We also offer a Level 2 Safeguarding online course and assessment for those working around ‘at risk’ adults and children which many public service interpreters do at some point.

For those looking to take the next step, we have partnered up with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) to offer the ‘gold standard’ Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI–Law) exam. Our online Level 6 DPSI preparation course was created by CIOL and is the recommended pre-exam training.

And we’ve curated a bank of the most relevant online CPD training courses for public service interpreters at all levels to keep their knowledge and skills up to date on an ongoing basis. These industry-leading qualifications and training courses can all be researched and purchased within this section of our website and most (apart from classroom-based exams) can be taken online via our learning portal.