What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to holding the qualification:
- Ofqual-accredited, nationally recognised qualification
- Exemptions for the DPI qualification
- Improved career prospects. You will be entitled to:
- Use the title ‘DPSI’ after your name
- Apply for professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
- Apply for registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI)
When can I start? You can start the process today by completing the sign up process, including completing an application form and English tests. We have start dates for each cohort of learners every 2 months, and this starts with your first webinar.
How long does it take? It takes around 6 months to work through the content of the course, but you are advised to keep practising and preparing for the exam until you have taken it.
Are there any requirements? To successfully join this course, you need to have native speaker competence in English and in your ‘other’ language. (NOTE: This will be tested as part of the application process and throughout the course, you do not need to have an English qualification to apply.)
What do i need to be able to complete this course?
- Access to the internet
- A Skype account
- Access to a desktop computer or laptop. (Skype assessments don’t work on smart devices)
- A webcam
- A microphone/sound card for the computer, if it isn’t already installed
What will I study?
The course is made up of the following content:
- Induction webinar
- Live webinar, the DPSI exam, course instructions, DPSI scoring matrix, DPSI handbook
- Module 1: Consecutive Interpreting
- Note taking, consecutive interpreting techniques, content summarising, group work, consecutive interpreting practise
- Module 2: Simultaneous Interpreting
- Simultaneous interpreting techniques, glossary of descriptive terms, paraphrasing, synonyms, self-practice preparation, group work, anticipation, practise
- Module 3: Sight Translation
- sight translation techniques, sight translation checklist, skill focus, linguistic ability, presentation quality, combining your skills, practise materials, group work
- Specialisms Introduction
- Live webinar, what to expect, glossary building, how to build your specialist knowledge
- Module 4: Interpreting for the Police
- Police work, dishonesty offences, drugs, public order offences, sexual offences, road traffic, offences against the person, violence to property, police powers, PACE guidelines, the police caution, the custody suite, glossary of terminology, live role play practise
- Module 5: Interpreting in Court
- Criminal courts, Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts, Crown Courts, County Court, family, housing, company law, consumer law, tribunals, employment, immigration, social security, role of the court interpreter, barrister’s opening address, legal professionals, bail, glossary of terminology, live role play practise
- Module 6: Police Statement Taking
- Webinar, the police statement, parts of the police statement, how to structure the police statement, witness statement taking as an interpreter, challenges, common pitfalls, role of the interpreter when statement taking, live webinar, practise
- Module 7: Interpreting for Prison/Probation
- Webinar, introduction to prison/probation services, criminal court, civil court, community based sentences, prisons & young offender institutions, supervision of prisoners, glossary of terminology, live role play practise
- Module 8: Draft Written Translations
- Translation theories and techniques, translation of general language, technical translation legal and medical, sourcing translation material, localisation, complex translation practise, live simulation practise
- Module 9: Practise and exam preparation
- Webinar, DPSI scoring matrix, the DPSI exam refresher, common pitfalls, revision techniques
- DPSI mock exam
- Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, sight translation to and from English, draft written translation to and from English
- Certificate of Completion
What support will I have?
- High quality course online course materials
- Supported by qualified assessors who are also practising interpreters and holders of the DPSI
- Live practice sessions
- Collaborative learning with other students
- Glossaries of terms provided
- Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
- Optional additional workshops on ethics and CPD
- 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
How will you assess me?
The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting exam (paid for separately) is run by the Chartered institute of Linguists. The exam is offered once or twice per year and you will need to register for and complete it at one of the DPSI testing centres across the country.
The qualification is composed of five units for each pathway:
- Unit 01 (Level 6): Interpret consecutively and simultaneously (whispered) in the public services
- Unit 02 (Level 6): Provide a sight translation into English in the public services
- Unit 03 (Level 6): Provide a sight translation from English in the public services
- Unit 04 (Level 5): Translate into English in the public services
- Unit 05 (Level 5): Translate from English in the public services
Full registration fee for all units is currently £680, plus centre fees of £159 and IoLET affiliate membership of £25.
For detailed information on the content and format of the qualification please refer to the DPSI Handbook and the DPSI qualification overview. You can find out more about how to register for and take the test on the DPSI website here: http://www.ciol.org.uk/dpsi
Can I apply for funding or discounts? To make our qualifications as accessible as possible, all of our students can choose to pay by interest free instalments, meaning you can earn as you learn. For information on funding and discounts, please click here.
How do I apply? You can get started with your qualification today by completing the contact form above. One of our team of experts will call you back to give you further details and tell you what is next.
- Course Fee: £700 (incl. VAT)
- Distance and Blended Learning
- Live practise sessions
- Mock DPSI exam
- Approx 6 months to complete
Is this a nationally recognised qualification? The DPSI is a nationally recognised qualification, however, this course is to help you prepare for the exam and is not a qualification on its own.
What is the registration process? At ISL, we want to be confident that everyone who is accepted onto our qualification has the right skill, knowledge and ability to be able to successfully complete the learning experience. The first step in the process is to reserve your place, by completing the sign up form above. You will then be invited to a telephone discussion with the ISL team.
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