The Difference Between DCI and DPSI

With so much misinformation about interpreter qualifications please read below the differences between these two qualifications.

The Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting (DCI for short) is a portfolio based qualification, which means that there is no exam. You complete a portfolio of coursework mainly written in English, that includes reflective learning, reports and presentations which must show that you know the role of a legal or medical interpreter (depends on the pathway you choose). You are also assessed in your other language by means of role plays, sight translations and written translations, but these are evaluations not an exam. You need to meet the strict criteria of this qualification as imposed by the Awarding Body (there are several, check with your course provider) to be awarded a Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting.

The Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) is exam based, and although a preparatory course is not mandatory nor required by the CIoL (who offers the exam), those who follow a good course have better chances of passing this exam. By good course I mean a course that provides a tutor in your language and colleagues to practice with as you need to master both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting to pass this exam. Therefore practice is of the utmost importance.

At DPSI Online we believe that interpreters need to be trained in both languages to achieve accuracy, hence all our courses have language tutors (e.g. Polish tutor trains Polish students) who offer the best language specific guidance throughout the duration of the course.

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New GDPR Regulations – What You Need to Know as a Freelancer

The 2018 reform of EU data protection rules are meant to give people more control over their personal data and how it is used by third parties. GDPR applies across the EU but each country has to apply this at national level and in the UK the government has created a new Data Protection Act (2018) which replaced the 1998 Data Protection Act.
So what should you take into account? We recommend you review your current data storage procedures. How do you protect the personal details of your colleagues, customers and suppliers against breaches? Have you reviewed your organisational security measures? Do you keep your IT systems regularly updated and if you use a shared office or co-working space, is your storage area locked and safe?
These are just some starting points but if you need more information we found these two guides to be useful:

The Linguist: A Life with Languages by Helena El Masri

If you want to learn more about the founder and main trainer of DPSI Online, here is Helena’s article hot off the press!

A Life with Languages was published in The Linguist, CIoL’s professional journal which keeps members up to date with CIoL news and reports on the activities of its Special Interest Groups and regional networks. The journal also offers a wide range of articles of interest to language professionals, as well as to anyone interested in languages.

CIoL Members can view the whole magazine here.

Congratulations to Our Student Eleanor Crossley!

It was with great satisfaction to read that one of our students – Eleanor Crossley – received an award for ‘Best candidate in Diploma in Public Service Interpreting – Health’ from the CIoL!

The CIoL issues a number of awards yearly to celebrate the highest achievements in these language exams. It is very rewarding for us as a course provider to see one of our students receive such an award. DPSI Online is very proud to have been part of her preparation.

To read more about the IoLET award post, head over to the CIoL news and blog page here.
Congratulations Eleanor and we wish you all the best in your future career as a professional interpreter!

New in 2018 – Announcing our Foundation in Translation Course

DPSI Online are excited to announce our newest course addition – the Foundation in Translation Course!

This flexible online course was created based on a need to provide an introduction to this fascinating profession that requires a whole lot more than bilingualism. It is ideal for any bilingual individual who wishes to pursue a career in translation, but does not have any experience in this field.

The Foundation in Translation Course is a one year course that combines basic theoretical concepts and techniques within translation with translation practice to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge. This course will not only include feedback on written translations by professional language tutors but will also feature lectures covering translation theory, translation techniques and technological tools for translators (Also known as CAT tools). Students will also have a plethora of reading materials to supplement what they learn from lectures. Upon completion of this course, candidates can take the Diploma in Translation exam offered by the CIoL, or pursue further translation studies at any university in the UK.

With the option to study from the comforts of your home, with flexibility yet self-discipline, coupled with guidance and feedback from experienced tutors in your language combination, we find this course the most logical addition to complement all courses we already have with a view to maintain our status as one of most reputable course providers in the UK.

The application and further course details are published on our Foundation in Translation course page.

DPSI Online Attends the Interpreting Police Interviews Effectively Workshop in London

We were present at the Interpreting Police Interviews Effectively workshop held in London on 29 September. The workshop was organised by Zakon Training who specialise in crime and investigation skills training, and regularly hold professional development events for the legal profession.

This event focused on police interviewing techniques and finished with interactive practical exercises covering various issues drawn from live cases. The workshop was also attended by other professionals who are regularly involved in investigations, such social workers or sign language experts, and it was an excellent opportunity for networking across various professions involved in the legal sector.

We would like to urge all our current and past students to regularly attend professional development seminars in order to improve their skills. To find out about workshops in your area, please follow the National Register’s CPD Events page.

DPSI Online Reaches New Milestone: We’ve Trained 500 Students!

We’ve reached the 500 student milestone!

We wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has chosen us for their training since we started back in 2009. We’ve worked hard over the years to develop a comprehensive range of courses and relied on very experienced interpreters to provide our students with quality training.

We sincerely hope that all our students have been steadily and surely developing their careers and that they have been actively participating in their local professional communities and associations. We cannot stress enough the importance of training and development in this field, and we wish all our past and current students a healthy and fulfilling professional life in public service interpreting.

New Resource Available – Introduction to Public Service Interpreting in the UK

The Introduction to Public Service Interpreting in the UK guide was made available on our Resources page in August 2017. It is aimed at  students who are currently enrolled on an interpreting course or who have finished their studies and are at the beginning of their career as community or public service interpreters.

This guide was produced with the goal to provide clear and concise information about this profession, as well as an overview of how the system is set up. We recognise that future students are uncertain about how to access the profession and need guidance and advice. This guide therefore aims to answer questions from “where do I start?” and “what qualifications do I need?” to “how do I take my interpreting career even further?” It covers course providers, exam resources, work providers, business skills, agency practices, ethical considerations, career progression and lifelong learning, among other topics. We’re hopeful that it will give beginners and students a clear understanding of the current market, the skills and standards required, and some tips on starting and furthering their public service interpreting careers.

Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting (DCI) – Now Available

We’re very excited to announce the launch of this course in September 2017.

The course is accredited by Ofqual and certificates are awarded by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK). It is ideal for students who have completed the Level 3 or Level 4 in Community Interpreting and wish to be qualified to work with the courts and police, or to develop their skills to work in more complex areas such as business settings. The DCI is a portfolio-based qualification and the course is suitable for learners who have a flair for academic work, as most of the coursework is geared to allow the researcher in you to develop your knowledge of all areas of the public service interpreting field in the UK. Besides their main Legal or Health interpreting pathway, students will be able to take on additional modules such as interpreting in business settings, financial settings and others.

The application and course requirements are published on our DCI Level 6 course page. Contact us if you have any questions!

New in 2017 – Announcing an Intensive DPSI Law Course

The DPSI Law preparatory course that we run from October every year is one of our most popular courses. It has a wealth of resources and ensures that students are very well prepared for the challenging CIoL exam. Having an experienced and qualified tutor explain how the UK Criminal Justice System works and learning how to work with legal concepts and terminology in both English and your mother tongue, makes all the difference and reduces exam stress.

If you booked your DPSI Law exam but did not follow any course, if you missed our October enrolment deadline or feel that you may need to simply revise further, then you can brush up on your skills on our new course, DPSI Law Intensive, in a fast track environment. Due to the nature of this preparatory course, it will run according to demand. Therefore, this is not a replacement for our well-established and successful eight-month course. The DPSI Law Intensive course aims to ensure that exam candidates who did not have access to tutor support during their independent studies are sufficiently prepared to tackle the CIoL exam and achieve great results.