Q: What is ITI?

A: The Institute of Translation and Interpreting is the only UK-based independent professional membership association for practising translators, interpreters and Language Services Businesses.

Q: What does ITI do?

A: ITI seeks to promote the highest standards in the profession, supporting our members and representing our industry at the very top level. We provide a range of products and services, both to our membership and to those requiring the professional services of our members. ITI acts as an interface between government, industry and commerce, the media and the general public.

Q: Does ITI offer translation and interpreting degrees?

A: No. ITI is a professional membership association and does not offer degrees or post-graduate qualifications in translation and interpreting; however, many universities in the UK are Corporate Education members of ITI and offer a wide range of degrees and post-graduate qualifications. A full listing is available here. ITI runs a programme of Professional Development events throughout the year, to meet specific training needs.

Q: Will ITI find me work as a Translator/Interpreter?

A: ITI does not provide work for translators and/or interpreters, nor is it a translation/interpreting agency. If you are looking for a Qualified Translator or Interpreter, please use the Language Services Search.

Q: Do I need a qualification to be a Translator/Interpreter?

A: The translation and interpreting industry is not a regulated profession and a qualification is therefore not necessary. However, many translators and interpreters enter the profession after having gained a formal qualification, and we would recommend to potential new entrants that they follow this route.

For more information about starting a career in translation and/or interpreting, please refer to 'How to become a Translator' or 'How to become an Interpreter'.

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