ISO 17100:2015 and Qualified Status for ITI Members

ISO 17100:2015 is the internationally recognised standard for translation services and was created to respond to the market need for a universally accepted benchmark. It is a process standard and does not define the quality of work completed; it sets standards for achieving quality by following the translation process steps it defines. The standard does not apply to interpreters.

Apply for Qualified Status

If you are an MITI or FITI you can apply for ISO 17100:2015 Qualified Status now

To request an Application Pack, email the Admissions Officer at

The benefits to freelance translators of meeting the ISO 17100:2015 standard

  • Sets you apart from other translators with the recognition that you are working to international standards
  • Opportunity to tender for contracts that require adherence to a recognised management system
  • Greater confidence for prospective clients that you work to the highest recognised specialist standard
  • Evidence you are a professional and forward-thinking translator

The benefits to translation service providers of you meeting the ISO 17100:2015 standard

  • Gives confidence that potential translators work to a recognised standard and are committed to maintaining those standards in the industry
  • Reduces the need to spend time checking qualifications and CPD records of freelancers to ensure they meet the standard
  • Ability to search the ITI Directory using the Qualified Status as a search criterion

 Three steps to becoming fully compliant with ISO 17100:2015

If you are an MITI or FITI, it is simple to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the standard.

  1. Gain Qualified Status. The ITI entry requirements for MITI and FITI will, in almost all cases, mean you are eligible for Qualified Status under the requirements of ISO 17100:2015. This can be authenticated by ITI and once done, an ISO 17100:2015 Qualified logo will be placed on your profile in the public ITI Directory , visible to all translation service providers. 

    Use the flow chart below to confirm whether you are eligible for Qualified Status

  2. Provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development The Standard requires you to keep a record of CPD to ensure that your skills and knowledge are maintained and updated. You can meet this requirement by completing your CPD log on the ITI website each year. Translation service providers can check your profile on the public ITI Directory, see the CPD Achieved logo, and know that you have completed the CPD element of the standard. 

  3. Demonstrate Professional Competences The final step is to demonstrate six working competences - translation, linguistics, research and processing, cultural, technical and domain. It is likely that you demonstrate these on a regular basis each time a piece of work is delivered to a translation service provider. A translation service provider needs to satisfy itself that these competences have been demonstrated by the translator. A simple way for you to do this is to write a full profile on the ITI Directory which the translation service provider can easily view. This should give details of your areas of specialism and recent work undertaken that demonstrates the competences. 


By providing evidence of these three steps, you will be demonstrating that you are fully compliant with the standard.


Get started and apply for Qualified Status

If you are an MITI or FITI you can apply for ISO 17100:2015 Qualified Status now

To request an Application Pack, email the Admissions Officer at

How much does the ISO 17100:2015 Qualified status cost?

Existing MITI or FITI: £49
Upgrading members to MITI: £39
New members joining as MITI: £39
These are once only costs; there are no annual renewal fees.

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