This 12-week course prepares candidates for the DPI exams held by the CIoL. It includes 10 one-to-one sessions with a qualified tutor in your language combination to practice and receive feedback on assignments related to the units of this exam.
Suitable for experienced interpreters who live in London and wish to work for the MET Police. All other police forces accept the DPSI Law.
Obtaining this diploma entitles you to use ‘DPI’ after your name and to register with the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI)
What You Will Learn
This course explores the role and work of an interpreter in police settings and covers police powers and procedures, witness statement taking, and specialised police terminology. Sessions with your tutor will improve your knowledge of specialised police terminology and accuracy in interpreting so that you feel confident tackling the exam.
The course is open for enrolments all year round.
Classes are flexible and will be organised between you and your language tutor.
If you’re planning to sit the exam in June exam, enrol as early as February/March.
If planning to sit the exam in November enrol in July/August.
“Your course helped me to pass the DPI exam with such great results (2 distinctions and 3 merits). I enjoyed working with my tutor Barbara, she gave me lots of helpful tips on how to prepare for the exam and was attentive to details.”Magdalena R.Polish DPI Past Student
Frequently Asked Questions
What languages is this course available in?
This course is available in Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Gujerati, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
What is 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.
What are the course requirements?
Applicants will take part in a pre-course assessment to ensure that they are at the appropriate linguistic level for this course.
Minimum requirements are: Native or near-native levels in both English and the other language; Adequate interpreting experience (voluntary or otherwise) – not suitable for beginners; Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly reading).
Will I get a certificate of completion?
A Certificate of Course Completion will be issued with mandatory completion of all lessons and 100% attendance. This is not a qualification in itself. You will receive the level 6 Diploma in Police Interpreting once you have passed all 5 units of the DPI exam.
What are the units of the exam?
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.