DPI Course 2017

This course is available in Farsi, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

This is a one-to-one flexible course.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for candidates who have applied directly to the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) to sit the DPI exams, or for those who would like to improve their knowledge in the police settings. It is recommended for experienced interpreters who are already familiar with legal and police terminology (the DPI replaces the Metropolitan Police Test).
What do I need? • Native and near-native levels in both English and the other language
• Some interpreting experience (voluntary or otherwise)
• Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly assignments)
• Reliable Internet access and the latest version of Skype
What will I learn? • You will learn about the different Units (see topics covered below and compare with topics set up by CIoL)
• You will practice the necessary interpreting and translation skills with a dedicated language tutor doing role-plays, sight translations, statement taking and written translations
• You will learn to assess your own work
• You will be empowered with necessary knowledge and techniques to pass the DPI exam
• You will improve your research skills
• You will be empowered with the necessary knowledge to pass the DPI exam
What will I receive during the course? • Access to our Students Area – our course platform that enables you to access all the course materials and submit all your coursework online
• 10 tutorials, covering interpreting practice and feedback on your assignments
• A dedicated qualified and experienced tutor in your language combination, who will give you guidance and help you explore your strengths and weaknesses
• Over 25 assignments
• Complimentary copy of The Interpreters’ Manual upon completing the course
• Certificate of completion (if your attendance is above 85%)
What topics are covered? • Unit 01: Consecutive interpreting and statement taking

• Unit 02: Simultaneous interpreting (whispered) from English into the other language

• Unit 03: Sight translation from English into the other language

• Unit 04: Translation of a statement into English

• Unit 05: Technical translation from English into the other language

How long is the course?  Enrolment is open all year as this is a one-to-one flexible course. However, due to exams being held in May and November, we recommend taking this course from February to April or from August to October.
What will it cost? £450

Need more information? Check our FAQs, read our student testimonials or visit the CIoL exam page for further details.

Please contact us if you still have any questions.


Step 1: ApplicationStep 2: Tutor ConfirmationStep 3: Course Fee
Fill in the application form to register your details for the course. Click here.
After submitting your application, we will contact you to confirm that a tutor can take you in.
After a tutor is confirmed for you, you will be directed to proceed with payment of the £450 course fee by credit/debit card via PayPal or by BACS. After your payment is cleared, we’ll be in touch with everything you need to get started on your course in the Students Area.