Yes. 20% of ITI members are not based in the UK and you do not have to be a UK citizen or resident to become a member.
How much experience do I need to have as a translator or interpreter in order to apply for an individual membership?
Whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned practitioner with many years of professional experience, ITI offers a membership category to suit you at every stage of your career.
You will need to log into My ITI, then go to View my summary. In the personal information box, it will show you when your current subscription year ends. If your subscription end date is the 30 April, you know your membership year runs from the 1st May – 30 April.
ITI offers a range of benefits to all our members, both individual and corporate, supporting you at every stage of your professional career. Being a member of ITI also allows you to stay fully up to date with the latest developments within our ever-evolving industry and puts you at the heart of the translating and interpreting community.
Once you have submitted all the required documentation, it will usually take up to two weeks for your application to be processed. This period could be longer in peak periods or if your application has to be referred for further review.
Will I get my documents that I provide to support my application returned to me once my application is complete?
ITI is unable to return any documents. Please therefore ensure that you only provide documents that do not need returning. ITI will accept copies of original documents and certificates.
How quickly do I have to provide all of the required documentation, once I have started the application process?
From the date you submit your application fee, you have 12 weeks to provide ITI with all of the required application documentation. Failure to do so within this time period will result in the application being declined as an incomplete submission. You would then be required to pay the application fee again and resubmit all documentation if you wanted to apply again in the future. Always check that you will be able to meet all of the criteria and provide the documentation required prior to applying for a particular membership category.
If you do not meet the criteria for the category of membership for which you have applied, you may be offered an alternative category of membership instead. Where this option is not available, you will be advised that your application has not been successful. You can try again in the future, as long as you are able to satisfy the requirements of the particular membership category for which you wish to apply.
Please refer to the application and membership terms and conditions. ITI reserves the right to decline an application. Please note that all application fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome.
I am applying for Qualified Membership (MITI) but my degree certificate is not in English – will it be accepted?
Yes. Any documentation submitted that is not in English will still be reviewed and verified by ITI.
All application documents should be sent via email to [email protected]
For all membership categories (except Student and Affiliate membership) you will need to supply professional references.
ITI offers a range of membership categories to those that are new to the profession, and there are many ways in which membership of ITI can benefit them. Here are just some of them:
- ITI’s professional development, events and CPD programmes, and the knowledge and skills these provide, will help them to lay solid foundations for their career
- Joining ITI is evidence of an individual’s commitment to professional standards and continuing to develop their knowledge in line with an evolving sector
- Information available to ITI members on trends, careers, vacancies, research and technology is valuable to someone starting out in their career
Although it is not possible to pay your initial membership fees by Direct Debit, you can renew your membership by Direct Debit and thus receive a discount of 2.5% on your membership renewal fee.
The Direct Debit payment option is available for members who have a UK or a Euro bank account.
Yes. If you have a UK bank account but don't live in the UK, please use GoCardless's address when setting up your mandate:
London EC1V 7EN
You will be able to do this online through My ITI during your renewal period.
We have recently changed our Direct Debit provider to GoCardless and the existing mandates were not affected so you don’t need to do anything. Your annual membership subscription payment will go ahead as normal on your renewal day.
No. In order to change the account you're making payments from, you’ll need to cancel your current Direct Debit mandate and set up a new one with the updated bank details. Please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help you do this.
Please contact [email protected] to let us know you’d like to cancel your existing mandate.
I’ve received my renewal notification but don’t want to pay by Direct Debit anymore. Can I cancel it?
You will need to let us know at least a week before the payment is due to ensure there is enough time to cancel the Direct Debit. Please contact us at [email protected].
No. Once a mandate has been cancelled, it can’t be reinstated. You will need to set up a new one during your renewal period.
A reference will appear on your bank statements as GoCardless Ltd, ref: ITI-XXXXXXX. The "XXXXXXX" represents a unique reference that relates specifically to your Direct Debit mandate. It is possible that the reference shows only as GoCardless Ltd, depending on your bank.
ITI will notify you approximately 30 days in advance that your renewal is due and that you have a Direct Debit set up to make a payment on your renewal date.
GoCardless will also contact you directly a few days in advance of the Direct Debit payment to let you know when the payment will be taken.
For Euro bank account holders, your mandate is covered by SEPA. Your rights regarding your mandate are explained in a statement that you can obtain from your bank.
For UK bank account holders, your mandate is covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee.
- This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay Direct Debits
- If there are any changes to the amount, date or frequency of your Direct Debit GC re Institute of Translation and Interpreting will notify you 3 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If you request GC re Institute of Translation and Interpreting to collect a payment, confirmation of the amount and date will be given to you at the time of the request
- If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by GC re Institute of Translation and Interpreting or your bank or building society, you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society
- If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you must pay it back when GC re Institute of Translation and Interpreting asks you to
- You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply contacting your bank or building society. Written confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.
ITI offers a range of membership categories to experienced translators and/or interpreters, and there are many ways in which membership of ITI can benefit them. Here are just some of them:
- It provides a programme of courses, events and continuing professional development (CPD) to support professionals throughout their career
- There are valuable networking opportunities to meet up with like-minded professionals and learn about each other’s challenges and experiences
- It is independent evidence of the individual’s commitment to maintaining high professional standards. Qualified Members are also entitled to carry the designatory letters MITI after their name and be listed in the ITI Directory
- The ITI website and a range of member communications help to keep them up to date with industry developments
Please contact the Membership Officer at [email protected].
The translation assessment forms part of the application process for those applying for Qualified Membership (MITI) as translators. Full details can be found here.
The interpreting assessment forms part of the application process for those applying for Qualified Membership (MITI) as interpreters. Full details can be found here.
I would just like to take the assessment on its own but do not want to apply for Qualified Membership.
You cannot take the assessment on its own as it is not a stand-alone test. It forms part of the application for Qualified Membership and can only be completed as part of the application process for this category of membership.
Please refer to the Fees section for details of the most up-to-date costs for Qualified Membership assessment.
All assessments are completed online from the comfort of your usual working environment or home and are carried out throughout the year.
Translation assessments are carried out on most Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year. Once you have satisfied the documentation requirements of the Qualified Membership (MITI) category, you will then be offered the assessment. Once paid for, you will be advised of the dates that are currently available for you to choose from.
Interpreter assessment interviews are carried out throughout the year, subject to the assessor’s and the applicant’s mutual availability. The availability of all parties will be established once the assessment interview has been offered and paid for.
From the date of your offer to take the assessment being issued, you have up to a year to go ahead and take the assessment.
Assessments are marked by Qualified Assessor Members of ITI who are all MITI or FITI.
If you don’t agree with the assessment result, you can appeal. Each appeal costs £252 (inc. VAT) and consists of a full re-mark/review of the assessment. If your appeal were to be successful, the appeal fee would be refunded in full.
The commentary should explain the linguistic, cultural and other issues presented by the text. This exercise is designed to illustrate the applicant’s approach and strategies when completing the translation of the text. Full details of the translation assessment commentary can be found in the Assessment Applicant Handbook, including an actual example, and on the assessment video guide below.
ITI offers texts in a variety of subjects for assessment purposes. ITI is not required to test an individual’s areas of specialism, as all members are required to sign ITI’s Code of Professional Conduct confirming that they will not take on work that they are not fully competent to carry out.
Applicants must choose from the subjects provided. Specific texts cannot be requested by applicants. For more details, refer to the Assessment Applicant Handbook and the video guide in the previous question.
Translation assessment results are normally delivered within ten weeks, although this may be longer during holiday periods or if suitable assessors are unavailable to mark the assessment.
Interpreter assessment results are normally delivered within two weeks.
Results are always delivered as soon as they become available and applicants will be advised if there is likely to be a significant delay in their result being delivered.
Can I become a member of ITI whilst waiting to complete the assessment part of my application to be a MITI?
Applicants who are applying for Qualified Membership (MITI) will have automatically met the criteria for Associate membership (AITI) once they have completed the first part of the application process. They will therefore be given the opportunity to join as an Associate of ITI whilst they are continuing with their MITI application.
Full application and membership terms and conditions can be found here.
ITI offers seven membership categories for corporate members, depending on the type of business or organisation, each offering a range of benefits. Click here for more information about each corporate membership category.
For all corporate membership categories you will need to supply professional references. For more detailed information about reference requirements for corporate applicants, please refer to the specific page for the corporate category you are applying for.