Chartered Institute of Linguists

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Chartered Institute of Linguists
Abbreviation CIOL
Motto Universal Understanding
Predecessor Institute of Linguists
Formation 1910
Legal status Chartered institute
Objective Promoting academic and business languages skills
Headquarters London, EC1
United Kingdom
Membership 7,000+
Member's designations ACIL, MCIL and FCIL
Patron Prince Michael of Kent
President Richard Hardie HonFCIL
Chair Karen Stokes FCIL Chartered Linguist
Chief Executive Ann Carlisle
Governing body Council
Staff 24

Founded in 1910, the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) received its Royal Charter in 2005,[1] and is a professional association for language professionals. CIOL supports linguists throughout their careers, and promotes proficiency in modern languages worldwide.

Professional grades of membership are: Associate (ACIL), Member (MCIL) and Fellow (FCIL); three pre-professional grades are: Student Affiliate, IoLET Affiliate and Career Affiliate.

The IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) is a registered charity and accredited awarding organisation.

As a Chartered body, CIOL holds the register of Chartered Linguists in the public interest, a source of qualified, practising and experienced professional linguists. Members and Fellows may apply to be on the Chartered Linguist register if they fulfil the required criteria.

CIOL's patron is HRH Prince Michael of Kent.[2]

Some notable living Fellows and Honorary Fellows[edit]


The CIOL's associated charity IoL Educational Trust is a language assessment and regulated awarding body. Among other things, the qualifications are useful for court and police interpreting. These are:[5]

  • Certificate in Bilingual Skills (CBS) – A level equivalent for practical bilingual skills
  • Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) – QCF Level 6; typically required for court interpreting
  • Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) – QCF Level 7 – the gold standard qualification for working as a translator
  • Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI) – QCF Level 6 – interpreting for the police throughout the UK
  • Certificate in Languages for Business (CLB) – QCF Level 2 – a qualification which reflects the practical application of foreign languages in the workplace

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Royal Charter 2005" (PDF). Institute of Linguists. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ "About Us:". Chartered Institute of Linguists. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Tim Connell"
  4. ^ "Michael John Worton: CV". University College London. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Examinations:". Chartered Institute of Linguists. Retrieved 20 November 2014.

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