Q: Why is CPD important?

A: As a member of ITI you commit to adhere to and uphold the Code of Professional Conduct, which requires members 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.’ 

Q: What’s the difference between formal and informal CPD?

A: A formal CPD activity is one that can be certificated, and informal CPD is made up of activities that aren't certificated. Click here for a more detailed list.

Q: How much CPD should I be doing, and how do I track it?

A: The minimum amount of CPD recommended by ITI is 30 hours per year. ITI has a CPD logging tool in which you can plan and log your CPD. Instructions on how to use it can be found here.

It’s best to log your CPD as soon as you’ve done it. Once you have recorded 30 hours on the ITI CPD Log, you are awarded a certificate and a ‘CPD Achieved’ logo which is displayed on your ITI member profile. You can also download your certificate to share with client and agencies. Your 30 hours can be made up of any combination of the types of CPD listed here.

Q: Is CPD expensive?

A: It doesn’t have to be. Obviously, the more you are able to invest in your career, the more you’ll benefit. High-quality training in any profession doesn’t come cheap but it reaps invaluable rewards. But there are also plenty of low-cost and free forms of CPD you can undertake. For more ideas, see Types of CPD.  

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’s 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.

Q: Should I list my CPD on my CV?

A: It’s very useful to list courses you’ve taken on your CV, your website and any online profiles such as LinkedIn. This demonstrates your commitment to the profession to potential clients. When you achieve and log the recommended number of hours of CPD on the CPD log, you can also display the ‘CPD Achieved’ logo on your CV and 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 that ITI organises. Details are advertised in the monthly ITI email updates and published in the ITI Bulletin, and are can also be viewed on the ITI Events Calendar. In addition, the Networks and Regional Groups often organise training events: these are displayed within their own website forums. 

You may also want to consider subscribing to the ITI Bulletin, which all ITI members receive as one of their Member Benefits.

Q: What CPD is there for well-established translators/interpreters?

A: For information about specific CPD Events, please contact professionaldevelopment@iti.org.uk.


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

A: No. The translation and interpreting industry is not a regulated profession in the UK and a qualification is therefore not necessary. However, many translators and interpreters enter the profession after having gained a formal qualification, and would recommend to potential newcomers 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’.

Q: How do I find work as a translator or interpreter?

A: There are many ways in which freelance translators and/or interpreters can look for work. One way is to network extensively with other professionals, both within and outside of our industry, to build up useful contacts and therefore opportunities for work. Additionally, ITI has many Corporate members who are Language Services Businesses (LSBs), and who can provide work for freelance translators and interpreters. These LSBs are listed here. For more information and suggestions about how to build up your client base, please refer to ‘How to become a Translator’ or ‘How to become an Interpreter’.


Q: Is there free public Wi-Fi available at your events?

A: We endeavour to make sure this facility is available at all our events; however, this is subject to availability at individual venues. Please check when booking.

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 events@iti.org.uk

Q: Can I bring food and drink with me to an ITI event?

A: This is dependent on the event you are attending and whether we are providing catering.

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 events@iti.org.uk 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.

Q: How can I volunteer to help?

A: Please contact events@iti.org.uk if you are interested in joining the event as a support volunteer. (NB: we do not pay for accommodation for any of our volunteers).

NB: These FAQs are only valid for ITI events, and not those run independently by Networks and Regional Groups or by other third parties.

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