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DPSI Online

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Our training sets a new standard of excellence for the interpreting profession.

DPSI Online has trained over 1,400 students since 2009.  Our courses give you everything you need to progress and become qualified as a professional interpreter, whatever your starting point.

Our comprehensive range of courses will allow you to further your knowledge and develop your skills from the comfort of your own home.

You will have the support of experienced and reputable professionals in your language combination.

How DPSI Online Started

Helena has been training interpreters and translators for over 20 years. She started teaching in 2000 on the only distance learning program available at the time.

Tutorials were done over the phone and all coursework was done through the post. This started her on the road to teaching remotely in 2005 via email and messenger. In 2009, Helena pioneered the first online training programme via DPSI Online with Helena El Masri and we have since trained over 1400 students. Helena is passionate about providing high-quality training online as well as mentoring interpreters to become professionals themselves.

This can only be achieved with adequate guidance from professionals with experience in their fields. That is why you are paired with tutors in your language that support you through your studies in most courses.

Meet The Team

We are a small dynamic team, customer centred and always ready to support students.

Founder

Helena El Masri

I’ve been training interpreters and translators for over 20 years. I started the new millennium teaching the only distance learning program available at the time. Tutorials were done over the phone and all coursework was received through the post. As you can imagine, this was very slow…

In 2005, I transitioned to teaching remotely via email and messenger. Then, in 2009, I pioneered the first online training programme via DPSI Online with Helena El Masri. We started with one group of 12 DPSI Law students and fast forward to 2022, we have trained over 1400 students in over 50 languages.

Helena is passionate about training professionals and helping them achieve their best potential. She creates courses and delivers qualifications that educate and empower interpreters to deliver high standards every time they go for assignments.

Project & Ops Manager

Iman El Masri

You’ll find Iman working on multiple projects at once. She’s in her zone when improving the systems and operations within the business to best serve and support our students and team members. 

Since we’re a family-run business at our core, we often have our fingers in all the pots. Iman also assists with business strategy, course creation and development, financial ops and marketing, as well as overseeing the core DPSI Online team and supporting our students, tutors, and assessors.

You’ll find Iman working on multiple projects at once. She’s in her zone when improving the systems and operations within the business to best serve and support our students, tutors and assessors.

Administrative Assistant

Angela M.

Prior to joining our team, Angela was an HR Learning Practitioner at IBM. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, she went on to gain extensive experience working in different industries such as sales & marketing, broadcast media & advertising as well as education.

At DPSI Online, she is a support powerhouse. Supporting enrolled and prospective students, coordinating student courses with their language tutors as well as providing administrative assistance to our core team, to name a few.

Her favourite part of this job is setting up courses and celebrating the victories of all the DPSI Online students who succeed. She plans to learn more about the interpreting and translation industry, and give help the best way she can.

Angela is a support powerhouse. Supporting enrolled and prospective students, coordinating student courses with their language tutors as well as providing administrative assistance to our core team, to name a few.

Meet Some of Our Rockstar Tutors

genuinely supportive & experienced professionals

Polish DPSI Law & CI Tutor

Marta K.

DPSI Law, CI and DT Tutor (English > Polish)
"I came across Helena’s training materials many years ago, in fact I used her pilot training materials to prepare myself for my own DPSI Law exam. I was very impressed how thorough they were and how prepared I was, not only for the exam but also to start working as an interpreter.

Over a decade and many students later it is my pleasure to be working with DPSI Online.

I am excited to introduce new students to the interpreting profession as I feel that DPSI Online courses truly prepare them, both academically but also practically, to start their own interpreting career.

Finally, I am extremely proud of my DPSI Law students who always pass their Level 6 exams!"

French DPSI Law & CI Tutor

Philippe M.

DPSI Law & Health Tutor, CI Tutor and DipTrans Tutor (French > English)
"I have worked for DPSI Online since 2013 tutoring candidates for the Diploma in Translation and DPSI Law/DPSI Health as well as training bilingual individuals to become Community Interpreters at Level 3.

Throughout that time, Helena and her team have been very supportive and it has been a pleasure to deliver those courses.
I am passionate about raising the standards of my profession and I know Helena also shares that passion.

It has been especially rewarding to follow the development of several individuals who went on to progress from Level 3 Community Interpreting on to level 6 DPSI Law or Health and to succeed achieving the qualifications – one student being awarded the Corsellis prize for the best DPSI Health result in the UK.

I look forward to training more students in future and thus contribute to maintaining the high standards the interpreting profession deserves."

Romanian DPSI & CI Tutor

Ivona T.

DPSI Law & Health Tutor, CI Tutor and DT Tutor (English > Romanian)

"I have been working with DPSI Online and Helena El Masri as a Romanian language tutor and assessor since 2019.

I have guided numerous students towards successfully gaining the DPSI, DCI, DipTrans, and DPI qualifications, and assisted many learners towards gaining their Level 3 qualifications in interpreting.

The DPSI Online courses are packed with current material that is relevant and interesting, and they are easy to access and navigate. The online exams and assessments offer the candidates the convenience of becoming qualified from the comfort of their homes.

Our students receive the most up-to-date information and advice from tutors who are experienced and highly knowledgeable in working as interpreters. They have the opportunity to practice their interpreting skills and receive clear, concise feedback on how to improve in their journey to become qualified.

Many students have personally told me how pleased they were with the courses they completed, and how passing the exams improved their job prospects. I am proud to have been a student myself with DPSI Online, completing the Level 4 courses Interpreting for Victims of Crime in 2020 and Tutoring & Assessing Interpreters Online in 2021.

Both courses proved to be time well spent and a great experience for me. I feel privileged to be part of DPSI Online’s team of qualified, dedicated linguists who are passionate about helping future interpreters reach their full potential, and about promoting excellence and high standards in the interpreting industry."

Polish DPSI Health Tutor

Magdalena K.

Magdalena holds a Master’s degree in Translation from the University of Westminster as well as the DPSI Health and Metropolitan Police Test diplomas. She has been working as a translator and interpreter specialising in medical and pharmaceutical fields for over 15 years. She has a wealth of first-hand experience gained in healthcare-related settings. She is well versed in the nuances of medical terminology where accuracy is of utmost importance.

Magdalena has been teaching and assessing students for DPSI Online since 2013. She teaches students preparing for the Health option of the DPSI exam, and is an assessor for the Community Interpreting, and Interpreting for Victims of Crime courses.

According to Magdalena, "DPSI Online courses are very well organised and enable me as a tutor to give a personal touch to every student by passing on individual tips and identifying areas for improvement. It’s great to see the students progressing week by week and improving their skills. The high-quality course material ensures that students are well prepared for the role of an interpreter and have a solid understanding of interpreter ethics and the challenges they will face in their interpreting career."

Portuguese DPSI Tutor

Lidia C.

In 2006, Lidia decided it was time to do the work she had always loved, so she had a change in career and became a linguist. She is now an experienced interpreter and translator, working in various settings as well as a very experienced conference interpreter.

She holds the DPSI Law & the Diploma in Translation, a degree in Tourism with applied Marketing, and holds qualifications in Tutoring. She is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Lidia first came across DPSI Online in 2007, when she did her course with Helena. Fast forward a few years, and in 2015 she found herself tutoring students for DPSI Online. Having been a student of the same course enables her to understand students needs. Over the years, Lidia has helped dozens of students to get their qualifications in either interpreting or translation.

According to Lidia, "The various courses I tutor are very well structured, and the exercises are excellent in preparing the students not only for the exam but also for real life when they finally start interpreting and translating."

Russian DPSI Tutor

Albina H.

Russian DPSI Law & Health tutor, DPI tutor, DipTrans tutor and CI Assessor

Albina was born in the former Republic of East Germany and spent her early childhood growing up first in Tbilisi and then Yerevan. After resettling in Russia, she completed her education in teaching and modern languages (English and German) and worked as a translator and interpreter since 1991. Having later settled in England, she gained the DPSI Law diploma in 2010 and joined the NRPSI in 2011. Albina now works as a translator, interpreter and tutor, and provides language support to Russian visiting groups.

"I joined the team at DPSI Online in 2011. The team's dedication to quality and high standards in training public service interpreters is phenomenal. The DPSI Online courses truly prepare students, they hone their skills through a lot of practising, they receive interactive feedback, and they are taught to learn independently. It is incredibly rewarding to ‘bump’ into my former students at a police station later – a testament to the quality of DPSI Online courses!"

Mandarin DPSI Law Tutor

Chien T.

Chien is a highly qualified interpreter and translator from Taiwan with a Bachelor in Business Administration.

After moving to the UK, she gained an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Sheffield in 2007 and a Level 6 DPSI Law option in 2010. In 2020, she was awarded Diploma in Conference Interpreting from the University of Leeds.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and also the National Register of Public Service Interpreters. In relation to her work experience, she has been actively working as freelance interpreter and translator in the public sector since 2009.

In terms of her teaching experience for DPSI Online, she has been tutoring the DPSI Law course since 2012, and providing assessments for the level 3 Community Interpreting courses.

Turkish DPSI Law Tutor

Gülay E.

Turkish DPSI Law Tutor and CI Assessor
Gülay was born in Turkey and was raised and educated in the United Kingdom. After graduating from university in the UK, she embarked on a career in print and broadcast journalism in Istanbul and was International Relations Manager at two Turkish environmental NGOs. She has worked extensively as a public service interpreter in the UK and now provides interpreting, translation, language tuition and cultural consultancy services to UK and Turkish companies. She holds a joint honours degree in English Literature/Language and Italian from the University of Leeds, the DPSI Law diploma, and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

"As a tutor preparing students for the DPSI exam in English Law, it is a pleasure to guide them through the intricacies and pleasures of language, the complexities of the legal landscape and help them take their place as professionals undertaking a vital and honourable role within the UK legal system. Our students take the exam fully prepared not only linguistically and with a greater understanding of how the law works, but also with a sense of empowerment and responsibility."

Italian DPSI Tutor

Manuela C.

Italian DPSI Law & Health Tutor, and CI Assessor.

"I am delighted to be part of such a dynamic team! Being able to share my experience and prepare students for a fantastic and rewarding career is real bliss. It is paramount to be qualified and able to face new challenges with confidence, and our courses prepare students to do just that. If only there had been such a course when I sat my exam!!!

I hold a Masters in Translation with Language Technology (French and Italian) from Swansea University and started my freelance career as an interpreter and translator in 2006. In 2010 I obtained the DPSI Law diploma. I am an NRPSI member, a full member of the CIoL and an Associate of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. I’m also on the Home Office panel as a French and Italian interpreter and also serve as an assessor and examiner for the CIoL in the Italian and French languages; she also provides interpretation for EWC."

Arabic DT Tutor

Hecham M.

Hecham is a Translator, Interpreter, Tutor and Content Creator. He studied Law at Damascus University and moved to London in 2000. He graduated with an LL.M in International Commercial Law from Brunel University in 2005, Diploma in Translation -DipTrans- from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in 2016 and an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2017. Hecham has been teaching DipTrans students with DPSI Online since 2016.
Arabic CI Assessor

Hiba B.

Hiba is a chartered linguist with native bilingual proficiency in English and Arabic. She is an experienced DPSI (English Law) qualified Interpreter, Tutor and Assessor, holds an MA in Translation and is an ISO qualified Translator, as well as a CELTA and TEFL that qualify her as an English Teacher.

Versed in the cultural dynamics of social diversity, she provides professional linguistic services to a variety of public bodies, private institutions and individuals.

Hiba has obtained further qualifications in assessment and mental health. Committed to continuous professional development, she has received further training in a range of subjects including supervision. She continues to engage in CPD opportunities on a regular basis.

Hiba's registrations and memberships with professional bodies include the NRPSI (Full Status), the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL - CL), the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (MITI), and the Association of Interpreters and Translators.

Prior to embarking on her linguistic journey in 2015, Hiba nurtured a diverse skillset and acquired a global wealth of experience spanning 14 years within challenging roles including admin, meeting and events, sales and marketing mainly in the hospitality industry across the Middle East, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Hiba is the proud founder of The Linguists’ Café UK, a friendly and informative platform on Facebook, offering advice and support to emerging and established linguists.

Hiba is DPSI Online's Arabic Assessor for the Level 3 in Community Interpreting course and regularly provides one-to-one support to students with additional needs.

Portuguese CI Assessor

Pedro M.

Pedro is an experienced English to Portuguese interpreter and translator. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguistics and of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.

He started his career as an interpreter in 2015 and as a translator in 2017, after receiving his qualifications. Pedro holds a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Law) and a Diploma in Police Interpreting, both with merits and distinctions, as well as a Diploma in Translation with merits.

Since then, Pedro has worked on a wide variety of assignments with several governmental bodies such as Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, Home Office, and the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as on behalf of many language service providers. He has now extensive experience in face-to-face and remote interpreting, and in translating in a variety of contexts. Pedro has been assessing students for DPSI Online since 2020.

Hungarian CI Assessor

Anna G.

Anna is a freelance interpreter and translator who also works part-time for NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council. She obtained the DPSI Law in 2008, DPSI Health in 2021 and has been a full member of the NRPSI since 2009. In addition, she regularly works as an assessor of interpreters for Aberdeen City Council and has been an Assessor for the Community Interpreting course offered by DPSI Online since 2015.

According to Anna, "I have had a very positive experience working with DPSI Online assessing aspiring interpreters. They are very eager to learn, very kind, polite, they put lots of effort into their learning."

Last year I took part in the Level 4 course called “Tutoring and Assessing Interpreters Online” that DPSI Online offers which helped me to improve my tutoring and assessing skills. I would strongly recommend it for interpreters who are thinking about becoming a tutor or assessor of interpreters in the future.

Thai DPSI Law Tutor

Sarinya W.

Sarinya Wood holds the DPSI Law. She is a conference and court interpreter, and a Chartered Linguist awarded by The Chartered Institute of Linguists.

She works regularly for numerous UK Police forces, Home Office, Crown, County and Magistrates Courts and Tribunals.

She has also interpreted for FIFA Women’s World Cup FRANCE 2019, UN-HCR, UN-ODC, UN-ESCAP, UN-REDD, UN-ICC, UN-Habitat, Dubai EXPO 2020 and numerous pharmaceutical companies.

Sarinya has been preparing Thai students at DPSI Online since August 2020 for the Law Option of the DPSI Exams. According to her students, the DPSI Online Course – Law Option allows them to practice role plays consecutively and simultaneously as well as learning invaluable tips from their tutor. The course also helps them understand the exam formats and the British law in greater insights, especially those with no background in law.

Albanian DT & DPSI Law Tutor

Selda R.

"I hold a bachelor's degree in English and American Studies, a master's degree in English Language Teaching and a teaching license. I work as an Albanian telephone interpreter for UK institutions, as well as a medical language trainer, QA evaluator, cognitive debriefing specialist, translator and editor.

I have been working with DPSI Online for 7 months now and it has been a wonderful experience so far. Their courses are well-prepared, profound and improved regularly which can help the students become top-notch professionals and excel in their future career. Furthermore, being able to witness the academic progress and achievements of my students have made me enjoy this job so much. Thank you DPSI for this unforgettable journey."

Vietnamese DipTrans Tutor

Hoang Bao Lan

Lan Hoang is an English-Vietnamese chartered linguist (translator) and a court/medical trained interpreter with over ten years of experience.

He has a thorough academic education and research with a Master's Degree in Language Studies at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan in 2020 and Bachelor's Degree in English with a concentration in Translation Studies from Hue University in 2015, and is a PhD student in Translation Studies at Auckland University of Technology from 2022.

He also has several academically and professionally published papers in the translation field and is the only chartered linguist among the Vietnamese language pairs currently, and a frequent translator aiding the U.K government in the translation of public sectors’ documents.

His tutoring of Vietnamese candidates for the DPSI (Law) qualifications includes not only experience in translation/interpretation in the field but also the comprehensive explanation of wording choice, cultural (in)appropriateness, and friendly, active manner to the learner.

French DipTrans Tutor

Stewart W.

A graduate of the University of London, Stewart speaks French and Spanish. He has worked in translating, interpreting, teaching and tutoring languages for more than thirty years. In addition to one year-plus in France, he has spent a total of seven years in Latin America.

He has been the editor of a Financial Times newsletter, has taught at university and is a published author, principally in business and technical areas, including bi-lingual technical dictionaries. He has also ghost-written for French and North-American research houses.

He has been a DipTrans tutor for French into English since 2014.

Chinese DipTrans Tutor

Jennifer H.

Jennifer is a Chinese - English translator and DipTrans tutor.

She has over 14 years’ legal practice experience in Hong Kong and the UK, concentrating in all areas of legal practice ranging from contracts, company, commercial and real estate, before becoming a legal translator in 2008. She is fluent in written Chinese – both simplified and traditional Chinese – and now regularly translates and edits legal texts, as well as materials in the areas of business, marketing, finance, tourism and many others. She gained her Diploma in Translation in 2014.

Hungarian DPSI Law Tutor

Eszter F.

Eszter is a Chartered Linguist and an experienced Hungarian translator and interpreter with thousands of hours of interpreting experience in a wide-range of settings. Throughout her interpreting career, Eszter has been involved with many high profile police cases such as murder enquiries, kidnapping and human trafficking investigations, magistrates’ and crown court trials and fraud investigations etc.
Eszter also has a vast amount of experience in the field of translation, specialising in legal and business translation. Eszter provides translation, transcription, subtitling and certificate translation services and has worked with well recognised brands such as Sony, Starbucks, Tesco, Vodafone, Nokia, HBO. In addition, Eszter also provides translation services to various public service agencies such as Social Services, the Home Office, HMRC, the Ministry of Defence and various criminal and commercial law firms. Eszter is also on the Hungarian Embassy's List of Recommended Translators.

Eszter says: “As a DPSI qualified interpreter, I have worked with DPSIOnline as a trainer and assessor for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (law option) exam since 2020 and I hold an Award in Education & Training. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Team preparing exam materials and assessing the examinees' performance. As a trainer, I have found it fulfilling to see my students develop week by week. In my lessons, I focus on developing their vocabulary and interpreting skills and I always find ways of sharing my experience of working in this field to prepare them for the exciting and fulfilling, albeit often unpredictable and demanding career of an interpreter.”

Vietnamese DPSI Law Tutor

Nga K.

Nga is bi-lingual in both English and her native-speaking Vietnamese. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a DPSI in Law. Nga has provided accurate interpreting and verbatim translation services for the past 10 years in a professional and reliable manner, taking pride in meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations for the services that she delivers, working hard and taking a flexible, pro-active approach to problem solving.

Nga interprets and translates across diverse sectors including Court, Police and Immigration, Healthcare, Education, Adult and Children’s Services, Mental Health, Child Protection and more…
She ensures the accuracy, fluency, reliability and confidentiality of her work at all times, thus facilitating maximum clarity and understanding for all parties. Nga is professional, socially skilled and culturally competent with an outstanding memory, and keen attention to detail.

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