Launch your freelance career and unlock your potential!

There is more to being a successful freelance translator than just being an excellent linguist.

Our online SUFT course will provide you with the additional skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in the competitive world of freelance translation.



Feedback and mentoring

Central to the success of the course is the personalised feedback and mentoring that you receive from the tutors and the peer-to-peer learning you gain from the other students.



Learn from leading practitioners

You will have direct access to ten successful practising translators. Each tutor will cover a different topic in two separate sessions. They will:

  • Introduce and explain the topic and answer any questions
  • Set an assignment which they will review individually
  • Provide one-to-one feedback on your assignment during the discussion session
  • Offer advice and mentoring in the online forum

Meet the tutors 


Webinars and live discussions

Pre-recorded webinars are followed by live online Q&A discussions and practical activities. With over 25 hours of tutor time and one hour of individual feedback on your CV and business plan, plus additional reading time, you will be able to record over 30 hours of formal and self-directed CPD.

All live online discussion sessions are recorded, so if you can’t make one you will be emailed a link to the recording after each session, which you can listen to at your convenience.

The course comprises ten individual units, each covering a topic that is central to success as a freelance translator.

Course units Course units

Unit Tutor Presentation Discussion session
Introduction to the course Ann Brooks 4 Oct 2022
10:00-11:00 BST
Getting started is easier than you think
Hayley Smith
6 Oct 2022
10:00-11:00 BST
13 Oct 2022
10:00-11:30 BST
Working from home  
Jayne Fox 
11 Oct 2022
7:30-8:30 BST
18 Oct 2022
7:30-9:00 BST
How do you get over the no-experience barrier?
Joanna Waller
20 Oct 2022
10:00-11:00 BST
27 Oct 2022
10:00-11:30 BST
Fiona Gray
1 Nov 2022
10:00-11:00 GMT
8 Nov 2022
10:00-11:30 GMT
Specialising and networking
Karen Tkaczyk
3 Nov 2022
15:00-16:00 GMT
10 Nov 2022
15:00-16:30 GMT
How to create an effective CV
Kari Koonin
15 Nov 2022
10:00-11:00 GMT
22 Nov 2022
10:00-11:30 GMT
Cultivate your online presence: engaging and connecting on social media
Alanah Reynor
17 Nov 2022
10:00-11:00 GMT
24 Nov 2022
10:00-11:30 GMT
Managing the money side of business
Susie Jackson
29 Nov 2022
15:00-16:00 GMT
6 Dec 2022
15:00-16:30 GMT
Getting paid on time
Sarah Bowyer
1 Dec 2022
10:00-11:00 GMT
8 Dec 2022
10:00-11:30 GMT
Working with LSPs
Anja Jones
13 Dec 2022
10:00-11:30 GMT

Best in class

Trados Studio 2021 and memoQ are the leading software used by translation professionals. Designed to accelerate translation while maintaining high levels of quality, one licence will be awarded to the two students that the SUFT course tutors agree have been the ‘best in class’.

Recent winners on the last SUFT course were Christine Mannings and Hannah Howe. Read about their careers, thoughts on the course and being crowned ‘best in class’ in their profiles below.

How do I book?

The next SUFT course begins on 4 October 2022.

The cost is £399 for ITI members and £499 for non members.



Find out what former SUFT students gained from the course