Level 6 CertTrans
A 10-session practical course to prepare aspiring translators for the CIOLQ Level 6 CertTrans exams. Learners will complete 10 written translation assignments that cover a range of contexts, including business, commerce, government, and public services.
Each assignment is accompanied by a personalised feedback session on Skype from a qualified tutor in the learner’s language combination, aiming to enhance translation skills, bolster accuracy, and improve overall readability.
This course is offered in multiple language combinations – see FAQs for options currently available. Please note, while our course equips you for the CertTrans exams, the exam itself is conducted by the CIoL.
What You Will Learn
The 10 assignments cover all three units of the exam: 4 general papers, 3 business and commercial contexts, and 3 government and public service contexts. Each of these areas will expose you to unique terminology, tones, and writing styles, helping you to develop a comprehensive skillset.
Moreover, through one-on-one feedback sessions with a qualified tutor, you’ll get individualised feedback and insights into your strengths and areas for improvement. These sessions provide a platform for discussion, addressing queries, and learning practical tips to improve your technique, accuracy, and readability.
This is a purely practical course, focusing on the application of skills. As such, no lessons or materials on translation theory are provided. For learners seeking a broader understanding of translation theory, we recommend the Foundation Course in Translation.
Enrolments are open year-round. This course can be completed within a span of 3 months.
Skype feedback sessions are flexible and organised directly between the learner and the tutor to suit both parties’ availability.
We advise learners to start this course at least 3 months ahead of their chosen exam date. to ensure adequate preparation. For instance, for an exam in July, it is advisable to start this course in April.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CertTrans?
The CIOLQ Level 6 CertTrans is a degree-level benchmark qualification for anyone wanting a career working for language services companies, as a freelance translator or to work for international organisations worldwide. It meets the need for a working-level translating qualification.
Obtaining this certificate improves work prospects and you can start using the post-nominals CertTrans after your name.
Who is this course suitable for?
Suitable for anyone interested in pursuing a career in translation.
It’s the ideal starting point for those looking to embark on their translation journey. It’s also a great choice for those seeking to upgrade their skills before pursuing a higher-level translation qualification (Level 7 DipTrans).
What languages is this course available in?
At present, the CIoL offer exams for the CertTrans in the following languages:
Into English: Arabic (MSA), Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
English into: Arabic (MSA), Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish
Will I get a completion certificate?
Learners will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course (mandatory completion of all assignments and attendance of at least 100% required). This certificate is not a qualification. The certificate is awarded upon successfully passing all 3 units of the exam with the CIoL.
Do you offer the CertTrans Exam as well?
No. At present, only the CIoL offers this level 6 CertTrans exam online.
We offer the Level 7 DipTrans Exams online 4 times a year.
Are there any course requirements to join?
Native and near-native levels in your working languages. Excellent writing skills in both source and target languages.
Ability and discipline for autonomous study, learning, and research. Latest version of Skype for sessions with your tutor and reliable internet access.