The UK’s Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) administers its own Diploma in Translation (DipTrans), a postgraduate-level qualification indicating a professional level of competence in translation.
examination consists of 3 papers; one general and two semi-specialist,
all taken on a single day, usually in January and horribly close to New
You can sit the exam at a variety of locations throughout
the UK and abroad (often at British Council premises) and in a wide
variety of language combinations - including German to English and
English to German.
Although the CIOL itself doesn’t run any
preparatory courses for the DipTrans, it does list a variety of
institutions which do; it does not officially endorse or recommend any
The following institutes offer Diploma in Translation courses in the German-English and/or English-German combination, and are based in the UK, Ireland, and Germany. (For other countries please refer to the CIOL website.)
to English and English to German (and other language combinations).
Candidates practice by translating past CIOL examination papers which are
then marked by university lecturers (and who have often worked as
examiners for the DipTrans themselves).
Susan James offers introductory, improvement and follow-up courses, each costing around €400.
Course based on three five-week sessions, each focusing on one paper in the DipTrans exam. I couldn't find details of the costs on their website.
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Diploma in Translation course: IRELAND
Words Language Services (WLS)
• Distance learning
12 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, www.wls.ie
fixed course duration but a maximum of 3 to 5 years is permitted to
complete the course. A choice of a standard course involving a total of 8
assignments and the option of an extra 4 assignments, designed to cover
each of the subject areas offered by the DipTrans papers. Each
assignment involves 2 source language texts, corrected work being
returned within 10 days.
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Lietzenburger Str. 102 - 10707 Berlin, www.akafremd.de
Akademie is a private language school in Berlin offering preparatory
courses for the DipTrans, both in the combinations German to English and
English to German. The courses are run as weekly evening classes over 6 months, and cost €585.
The Akademie is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans. The CIOL awarded the Akademie with the
Schlapps Oliver Shield in 2010 and 2016 for the best Diploma in Translation
Dom Schule Fremdsprachen
• Full time/part time
Hohenstr. 148, D-50667 Cologne, www.domschule.de
Dom Schule offers both full and part-time preparatory courses for the
DipTrans but no further details about costs or dates are given on the website – you will need
to contact them directly.
The Dom Schule is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans.
Berufliche Schule für Medien und Kommunikation
Evening courses, on campus
Eulenkamp 46, Hamburg 22049, www.bmk-hh.de
The website is not
terribly informative, but the BMK in Hamburg
does offer preparatory courses for the DipTrans in several language
pairs including German to English and English to German, and request
that you call for further details.
It is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans.
For details of other course providers outside the UK, Ireland, and Germany see the CIOL website.
Translators in other parts of the world may prefer qualifications recognised and/or administered by their local translation association.
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