Q: Why is CPD important?
A: As a member of ITI, you commit to adhering to and upholding the Code of Professional Conduct. This requires members to ‘undertake continuing professional development as appropriate, in order to continue to offer the highest possible standards of work by maintaining and updating their language skills, subject knowledge, or any other skills or knowledge necessary for their work’.
Watch our video on the importance of CPD at every stage in your career.
Q: How much CPD are ITI members required to do?
A: ITI recommends that members undertake at least 30 hours per year, which is the standard CPD requirement across many professions.
Q: Do the ITI CPD requirements apply to all members?
A: The requirements apply to all individual members of ITI, regardless of their membership category (except Academic and Supporter membership categories).
Q: What is the difference between formal and self-directed CPD?
A: A formal CPD activity is a structured activity with a stated learning outcome, designed to meet a specific learning or development need. It is typically interactive or proactive and will generally involve a form of certification at the end. This includes conferences, training courses, webinars and workshops.
A self-directed CPD activity is an unstructured or informal activity that meets a learning objective but may not have been undertaken specifically for that purpose. It is generally unaccompanied. This includes reading journals/trade literature, preparing and delivering presentations, writing articles, listening to podcasts, visiting clients, etc.
Q: What is meant by a Professional Contribution?
A: This category covers activities that involve making an active contribution to or giving something back to the profession. Examples include mentoring, committee work (ITI or external) and outreach work.
Read more about types of CPD activities.
Q: Why should I log my CPD?
A: As a record of all the CPD activities you have undertaken, your CPD summary enables you to track your learning and development progress and identify gaps in your skills or knowledge that you may want to fill in the future.
The CPD log is also important for members looking to move up to a higher membership category, such as FITI, for which you will need to provide a written record of the CPD you have undertaken over a certain period of time.
Q: What is the best way to record my CPD?
A: ITI members can use the ITI CPD log.
Alternatively, you can keep a record of your CPD in an Excel spreadsheet or Word document, for example.
Either or both of these methods are acceptable as proof of CPD for a higher membership grade.
Q: What is the benefit of using the ITI CPD log?
A: ITI’s CPD log is a quick and easy way to keep track of your CPD. Once you achieve your recommended 30 hours, you will automatically be sent a CPD Achieved certificate and a logo which you can display on your website, social media profile and email signature to demonstrate your commitment to your profession.
You can also print out a log of your CPD from the tool which you can use as proof of CPD undertaken when applying for a higher membership grade or for other similar uses.
Q: I have a qualification in translation/interpreting. Why do I need even more training?
A: An academic degree gives you an excellent start for launching your career. But it is just that: a start. It can never cover every single aspect of everything you need to know as you set up as a freelancer and as your career progresses. Nothing stands still – from the technology we use to developments in our specialist fields – so it is essential to keep up with all these changes throughout our career.
Q: Should I list CPD I have undertaken on my public profiles and my CV?
A: It is very useful to list courses you have taken on your website or other online profiles such as LinkedIn, as it demonstrates your commitment to the profession to potential clients.
The same applies to your CV, but bear in mind that the rule of thumb for the length of a CV in the UK is two A4 pages, so you may need to be selective in deciding which CPD activities to list.
When you achieve and log the recommended number of hours of CPD on the ITI CPD log, you will automatically be sent a CPD Achieved logo which you can display on your website and CV.
The ITI CPD log can be found in the My ITI section of the ITI website.
Q: Where do I find out about CPD events and training at ITI?
A: As an ITI member, you have access to all the forms of training and CPD events organised by ITI. Details are advertised in the monthly ITI email updates and published in the ITI Bulletin, and can also be viewed on the ITI Events calendar.
In addition, the Networks and Regional Groups also organise training events: these are advertised on the ITI Events calendar and on their own websites or forums, where applicable. All events are also publicised across various social media channels.
Q: How do I work out the actual number of CPD hours I spend on an activity?
A: For formal CPD events such as workshops or conferences, the certificate of attendance will state how many hours of CPD you can log. For example, an ITI face-to-face workshop generally counts as 7 hours of CPD.
For self-directed CPD, you should always keep your own record of the time you spend on the activity. If you spend half an hour a week listening to a source-language podcast, for example, you can log 26 hours over the year. Likewise, six hours spent reading a textbook on your specialist field, spread over any length of time, can be logged as six hours of CPD. You can either log these hours as you complete them or as one activity with the total number of hours for the year.
You may find that the number of hours you log ends up far exceeding the recommended 30 hours. As the main purpose of logging your CPD is to keep track of your development and identify any gaps, it is recommended that you continue to log all your activities so that you have a complete record which you can review and refer back to when necessary.
Q: Can I backdate my CPD? If I forget to log an activity, can the ITI Office backdate it for me?
A: CPD records cannot be backdated to previous membership years. You should therefore make sure you log your CPD during the membership year concerned.
Q: Does preparing for and sitting an exam or assessment count as CPD?
A: Any time spent studying or researching for formal training, such as a Master’s degree, diploma (e.g. DipTrans), etc., in a subject that contributes to improving some aspect of your practice as a professional translator or interpreter, counts as formal CPD. Keep a record of the number of hours per week you spend on studying and preparing for your exam or assessment and the time spent sitting the exam/assessment itself, however large the number may be.
Note that an undergraduate or Master’s degree in languages and/or translation/interpreting studies does not count as CPD, as this constitutes preliminary training for entry into the profession.
Q: I only work part-time. Do I still have to complete the recommended number of hours?
A: All individual members of ITI in any membership category (except Academic and Supporter members) are required to undertake CPD as appropriate, the recommended number of hours being 30. This is regardless of the number of hours you work as a professional translator or interpreter.
Q: Can I take photographs during an ITI event?
A: Yes, however you should check the terms and conditions of the specific event, as some venues do have restrictions. If in doubt, please email [email protected].
Q: I have an access requirement, who should I get in touch with about attending the event?
A: If you have any access requirements, please contact [email protected] in advance of the event you are planning to attend so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. ITI will try to assist with any special requests for a facility or service made by you. However, we cannot accept any booking that is conditional upon such special requests being met.
Q: Are events recorded?
A: Often our events are recorded; more frequently we have a photographer present. This will also be covered within our terms and conditions for each event.
If you attend an ITI event organised directly by ITI you do so under the understanding that you may be photographed or recorded. Any and all photographs, videos, or other recorded media captured may be used by ITI for the purposes of marketing and advertising without any request being made to the featured parties. Recordings may be reproduced and sold as part of the overall event materials.
NB: These FAQs are only valid for ITI events, and not those run independently by Networks and Regional Groups or by other third parties.