Institute of Translation & Interpreting
|This article is outdated. (December 2013)|
|Purpose||Promoting the highest standards in translation and interpreting|
|Professional title||AITI, MITI and FITI|
|Headquarters||Milton Keynes, UK|
|Chief Executive||Paul Wilson|
The Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI) is a professional association representing translators and interpreters in the United Kingdom. ITI is affiliated with the International Federation of Translators (FIT).
ITI was founded in 1986, as a breakaway group from the Translators Guild of the Institute of Linguists (now the CIoL). As the principal professional association of translators and interpreters in the United Kingdom, it has become one of the primary sources of information on translation and interpreting to government, industry, the media and the public. It was one of the bodies consulted regarding the creation of the EN 15038 European quality standard for the provision of translation services.
The Institute of Translation & Interpreting aims to promote the highest standards in the translation and interpreting professions. It achieves this through the publication of a bimonthly bulletin and pamphlets, the organization of an annual conference and courses linked to Continuing Professional Development, rigorous criteria for full membership including examinations and peer assessment, and a mentoring scheme for newcomers to the profession. The institute also worked together with the CIoL on the establishment and administration of the new designation of Chartered Linguist.
Although most of its members are based in the United Kingdom, ITI has members from across continental Europe and other countries where English is commonly used. The main grades of individual membership are Fellow, Qualified Member, Associate, Graduate Affiliate, Career Affiliate and Student, and there are categories for individual Supporters and Academics, with some Corporate Members, classified into Corporate - Language Services Business, Corporate Education and Corporate Affiliate. In November 2007 the numbers at each level were 30 Fellows, 1421 Members, 987 Associates, 85 Students and 77 Corporates, with a further 7 honorary and 35 concessionary members, making a total of 2642. Members are bound by the institute's Code of Professional Conduct. Fellows and Qualified Members are entitled to use the postnominals FITI and MITI; the equivalent AITI for Associates was abolished when the precise definition of 'Associate' changed several times in around 2005, but was reinstated in 2013.
The bulletin is published bi-monthly and has a readership of 7000. As well as publicising ITI events, including conferences, workshops etc., it contains articles relating to translating and interpreting. Some editions include interviews with authors and articles on world issues running alongside regular features on the pitfalls of poor translation, reviews of translation software, taxation, money matters, and the many uses of translation and interpreting.
Regional groups and networks
From the beginning, ITI members have sought to form groups based on regional, language and specialist lines. ITI has regional groups that span the United Kingdom, such as the ITI Scottish Network and ITI London Regional Group. Language groups such as the German Network, French Network and Japanese Network (J-Net), as well as subject-based networks such as STEP and infotech, maintain internet-based groups for purposes such as the clarification of terminological queries, discussion of best practice, sharing work, and organizing social events.