One more step on your journey...

The attainment of MITI (Qualified Membership of ITI) is an important step in our professional development as part of our career-long journey as professional translators and/or interpreters. However, it is by no means the end of the journey. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is a mind-set, not a process: it should not just be glossed over as a three-letter acronym – it’s too important. And the mind-set doesn’t stop with the achievement of MITI status; whether or not you become a Fellow (FITI), the appetite for learning and improving should be ongoing. It’s “what next?” rather than “job done!”.

One of the cited benefits of CPD is “…evidence of your commitment to your career and your professionalism”. Well, gaining Qualified Membership status certainly provides this evidence – to yourself and to your clients – of a standard achieved, which is recognised across the industry as a benchmark of professional competence and skill.

There is an expectation that goes along with Qualified Membership. While all ITI categories require adherence to the ITI Code of Professional Conduct, MITI status if anything enhances this sense of professional responsibility to support colleagues, the Institute and the wider industry. Many of our Qualified Members lead the way in our profession and are visibly instrumental in driving the industry forward.

MITI is a post-experience category of membership and therefore all Translator Assessment applicants must have demonstrated a minimum of three years’ (or six without a degree) working experience within this field, via professional references. The ITI Assessment is the second – and compulsory – stage of the application process and is offered to applicants who have already satisfied the rest of the documentary and professional reference requirements for Qualified Membership*. However, it is important to note that the ITI Assessment cannot be taken in isolation, but is part of the whole application process for Qualified Membership.

Qualified Members are entitled to have their names listed on the ITI Public Directory, meaning that your contact details are available to every potential website user looking for a professional translator and/or interpreter, thus increasing your visibility and therefore additional potential for new business. Qualified Translator Members can also produce official translations using ITI Certifications Seals; this can often open up new work opportunities, as many clients in a variety of industries require certification with the seal, something which can only be used by our Qualified Translator Members.

Additionally, Qualified Members can apply to become Assessors for the ITI Professional Assessment. This contributes towards your CPD, and Assessors receive a fixed fee for any assessments they mark. This is one of many opportunities to further contribute to – and influence – ­­­ the life of the Institute and the wider profession, not just by applying your knowledge and experience in the language and/or specialism, but also by facilitating the process for others to progress their careers in the same way.

As a Qualified Member, you are eligible to vote at the AGM and on any other matters which arise outside of this. Like any organisation, ITI is constantly evolving and therefore continually seeking to involve its members in the decision-making process, where appropriate, as a vital part of ensuring the Institute is in good shape for the future.

For more information, please watch our online recorded guide and download the Assessment Applicant Handbook by clicking here.

*ITI covers many languages worldwide; however, for some languages we reserve the right to offer an alternative assessment process.

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