Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI – Law) – exam

The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) – Law is one of the most highly regarded and well recognised qualifications in the language services sector and is open to anyone. It is designed to provide a nationally consistent standard of professionalism for those that want to work as an interpreter in the legal sector for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and other public sector organisations.

We have formed a strategic partnership with CIOL to offer its Ofqual-accredited Level 6 DPSI–Law at either our new Leeds exam centre or the existing CIOL London exam centre. Assessments run twice a year in June and November (*please note that the June 2020 exams were provisionally postponed until August 2020 but the next ones will now be in November*).

This degree-level equivalent qualification, which costs £680 plus exam centre fees of £159, rigorously tests candidates to prove they have the vocabulary, skills, techniques and ethics to handle the most demanding interpreting assignments in high pressure settings like courts. It specifically assesses the complex practises of simultaneous whispered interpreting, sight translation to and from English, and translation to and from English which are required for this type of work.

Graduates can use the title ‘DPSI’ after their name, making them some of the most sought-after interpreters in the UK.

Content and format

The qualification is exam-based and can be taken in a wide range of languages (see list in form below – subject to availability). It is available in the following pathways:

  • English Law
  • Scottish Law
  • Northern Irish Law

There are five units for each pathway which each test the basic linguistic and interpersonal skills, contextual knowledge needed to do the following in a public service legal setting:

  • Unit 01 (Level 6): Interpret consecutively and simultaneously (whispered) to and from English in a legal context.
  • Units 02 and 03 (Level 6): Provide an accurate and complete sight translation of a text to and from English in a legal context.
  • Units 04 and 05 (Level 5): Provide an accurate and complete written translation of a text to and from English in a legal context.

These units can be taken individually or at the same time, but the full qualification is only awarded to those who have successfully passed all five units. Certificates are issued within two months of the release of the results.

Preparation

While there are no entry requirements for the DPSI – Law, it is the responsibility of each candidate to ascertain that they are fully prepared for the exam. Please read the CIOL DPSI HandbookDPSI qualification overview and Candidate Regulations before applying.

Completing an approved preparatory course (such as our online webinar-based Level 6 DSPI preparation course) is strongly advised.

If not already a member of the CIOL, candidates must join as an IoLET Affiliate to take advantage of the resources and support available including role play topics, past papers, sample papers and examiner reports.

Booking

To find out about the application process and the languages, exam locations and grants we have available, please fill in the form below:

Level 6 DPSI exam - enquiry form
Spoken and written fluency of both chosen language and English required.
We have formed a strategic partnership with CIOL to offer this exam at either our new Leeds exam centre or the existing CIOL London exam centre.