DPI Course

This course is now available in the following languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Gujerati, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

About the DPI The Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI) is the nationally-recognised qualification required for interpreters who wish to work for the Metropolitan Police force in London. The DPI replaced the former Metropolitan Police Test. Passing the exam and obtaining this diploma entitles you to:

Course dates The course is open for enrolments all year as it is a one-to-one course. For best exam results, we recommend:

  • Taking the course from March if you’re planning to sit the June exam
  • Taking the course from August if you’re planning to sit the November exam
About this course



This new and improved 12-week course helps prepare candidates for the DPI exams and ultimately to become qualified police interpreters. This course explores the role and work of an interpreter in police settings and includes lessons and other materials about the role and work of an interpreter in police settings, and it teaches terminology, police powers and procedures, witness statement taking, and much more, thus enabling interpreters with a Level 3 course to progress to a Level 6 qualification. It is suitable for:

  • Interpreters who live in London and wish to work for the Metropolitan Police
  • Candidates who need to improve their knowledge of specialised terminology before sitting the exams.

This course is not suitable for beginners. Please check our Level 3 in Community Interpreting course if you do not have experience in interpreting.

Course content




  • Learning materials covering police powers and procedures, and specialised police terminology
  • Learning about witness statement taking
  • 24 assignments to practice in class
  • 2 tutorials with the course leader
  • 10 tutorials with a language tutor, with feedback from a qualified and experienced tutor in your language
  • A free copy of the Interpreters’ Manual upon completing the course
  • Certificate of Completion (with mandatory attendance of 100%)

The practice papers will cover:

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



All applicants will take part in a pre-course assessment to ensure that they are at the appropriate linguistic level for this course. The minimum requirements are:

  • Native and near-native levels in both English and the other working language
  • Experience as an interpreter
  • Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly assignments)
  • Fast internet access and the latest version of Skype
 Course price  £725 (payment in 4 monthly instalments of £190 available)

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: ApplyStep 2: Pre-course AssessmentStep 3: Course Fee
Fill out and submit the application form to register your details for the course.
All applicants will take part in a pre-course assessment to ensure they display the necessary language and interpreting skills. The pre-course assessment costs £30 and is deducted from the course price upon enrolment. This fee is non-refundable.
Upon successfully passing the assessment, you will be directed to proceed with payment of the remainder of the course fee. We’ll be in touch with everything you need to get started on your course.