What is DipTrans?

The CIOL Level 7 Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) is set at Master’s level and is the qualification for anyone working or wishing to work as a freelance translator or as a translator for companies and organizations around the world, covering the their need for the highest level professional translator qualification.

DipTrans has been regarded as the leading translation qualification for over 30 years and is now fully available online. It is taken in around 40 countries annually as candidates around the world recognize the career benefits it can bring.

What are the benefits?

The DipTrans is regulated by Ofqual and others  in the UK and is underpinned by the expertise and standards
of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. It is an internationally recognised qualification which will improve your employability and career prospects.


With it you will be entitled to:

  • Use the post-nominals DipTrans after your name
  • Apply to join the Chartered Insitute of Linguists as a Member.

Qualification structure

The DipTrans is composed of three units:



Unit 01

Written translation of a general text

Unit 02

Written translation of a semi-specialised text in one of the following:

  • Technology
  • Business
  • Literature

Unit 03

Written translation of a semi-specialised text in one of the following:

  • Science
  • Social science
  • Law
  • Arts and Culture

Why take CIOL qualifications?

  • With CIOL Qualifications you can be sure of what you are getting.
  • We specialise in languages and nothing else; our professional language qualifications are UK regulated and are only available through CIOL Qualifications and our approved exam venues.
  • Our qualifications are also truly international. CIOL is based in the UK, but our Royal Charter mission is to serve linguists all around the world.
  • Last year we had translation exam candidates from over 30 countries taking our qualifications from the comfort of their own homes in all international timezones.
  • With a reliable internet connection and an up-to-date laptop or computer you can take our exams from anywhere in the world.

For more detailed information, watch our webinar here.