Qualified interpreter

With a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience, Qualified (MITI) membership is for interpreters who have established careers in interpreting and are recognised for their expertise as highly skilled professionals.

There are 2 categories of interpreter that you can apply for:

  • Conference interpreter

  • Interpreter

For the Interpreter category, you can be listed on the ITI Directory for one or more interpreting types:

  • Business

  • Community (including health and social services)

  • Police and Court

Benefits of Qualified membership:

  • Boost your career and earnings potential with your internationally recognised membership of ITI
  • Listing on the public ITI Directory of interpreters will help you gain new work

  • Gives you a valuable opportunity to network with other experienced professionals

  • Be part of a supportive, professional community promoting a rapidly evolving industry

  • Demonstrates your commitment to quality and to the highest professional standards

As a Qualified Member you will:

  • Have use of designatory letters and the MITI logo for your website and email sign-off

  • Receive a free subscription to our award-winning journal, ITI Bulletin, published six times a year

  • Get free monthly updates with the latest industry news and events

  • Have access to My ITI for member-only content, such as our series of informative webinars

  • Get member rates on specialist training and the ITI Conference

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for MITI consist of two parts:

  • An application demonstrating a combination of qualifications, professional references and evidence of hours/day worked to meet minimum criteria (see tables below)
  • An online interview assessment

ITI is aware that interpreters come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures that don’t all offer the opportunity to study for degree level qualifications. ITI has developed entry requirements to reflect this diversity and be more inclusive by offering a points-based system of entry that takes account of qualifications, professional references and evidence of hours/days worked as an Interpreter or Conference interpreter.

Requirements for an Interpreter

Criteria for qualifications, references and evidence of hours/days worked are calculated on a points system, as shown in the tables below. Choose one criterion from each of the qualification, reference and evidence tables to total a minimum of 13 criteria points. Every application must include a minimum of 400 hours/60 days evidence and 3 years of references.

Qualifications

RQF Level

Example qualification

Criteria points

7
Postgraduate degree in Interpreting (and Translation)
5
6
DPI/DPSI (Law)*
4
6
Degree in any subject
3
4
Diploma in Community Interpreting
2
3
Certificate in Community Interpreting
1
-
No formal qualifications
0

*A full NRPSI registration may also be suitable as an alternative. Please contact the Membership Officer for further details.

Police and Court applications

If you wish to be listed in the ITI Directory as the Police and Court Interpreter type, you will need to provide evidence that you have either a DPI or DPSI (Law). Consideration will be given to full NRPSI registration as an alternative. Please contact the Membership Officer for further details.

References

Minimum of two professional references from your work providers for each interpreting type you are applying for. 

Time covered by the references

Criteria points

8+ years
10
6 years
9
5 years
7
4 years
6
3 years
5

Evidence of interpreting hours/days

A sample of evidence will be requested showing the employer/client, dates of work and number of days completed. Evidence needs to highlight whether it's regarding Business, Community or Police and Court.

Time covered in the evidence

Criteria points

1400 hrs/210 days
6
1200 hrs/180 days
5
1000 hrs/150 days
4
800 hrs/120 days
3
600 hrs/90 days
2
400 hrs/60 days
1
Requirements for a Conference interpreter

Criteria for qualifications, references and evidence of days worked are calculated on a points system, as shown in the tables below. Choose one criterion from each of the qualification, reference and evidence tables to total a minimum of 16 criteria points.

Qualifications

RQF Level

Example qualification

Criteria points

7
Postgraduate degree in Conference Interpreting
5
7
Postgraduate degree in Interpreting or in Translation and Interpreting
4
6
Degree in Translation
3
6
Any other degree
2
-
No formal qualifications
0

References

Minimum of three professional references. 

Time covered by the references

Criteria points

6 years
9
5 years
7
4 years
6
3 years
5

Evidence of interpreting days

A sample of evidence will be requested showing the employer/client, dates of work and number of days completed. 

Time covered in the evidence

Criteria points

180 days
8
150 days
6
120 days
4
90 days
2

Applicants who are accredited as a Conference interpreter to the EU or UN, or who are full members of AIIC, do not need to provide evidence of references, qualifications or hours/days worked. They will still need to complete an application form and successfully pass the interpreters’ interview assessment.

Membership fees

A one-off application fee of £60 is due when you submit your completed application.

MITI annual membership fee: £235.

Interview assessment fee: £389.

"I believe that being part of the ITI not only enhances my professional standing but also provides excellent opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer support. I can’t really express just how amazing it has been to be a member of the ITI." 

Katharina Wawrzon-Stewart 

MITI

How do I apply?

If you need further advice on becoming a Qualified Member (MITI), or to request an application pack, then please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Please include in your email whether you are applying as an Interpreter or Conference interpreter.