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Becoming a member

For further information on becoming a member of the Institute, please review the Applications pages.

CIOL Membership

The Institute is the only UK-based body serving all professional linguists, whatever their country of residence or specialisms. Membership of the CIOL allows you access to a range of exciting benefits from the Code of Conduct to discounts on several products/services.

Download a copy of the Application form or Student Member Application Form and Notes & Instructions or Student Member Notes & Instructions on how to complete your membership form. Alternatively, you can request the required Membership forms from the Membership Department, by post or fax: +44 (0) 20 7940 3121.

If you are working as a freelance translator, interpreter or tutor please remember to provide a detailed account of your work. This should include details of the nature of the work carried out, clients, frequency, subject matter, length, number of hours/words per week etc. as appropriate.

Consider your choice of referees carefully, especially if you are applying for admission in more than one language. Your referees should be people of professional standing, who are in a position to comment on your linguistic ability in a professional context.

The subscription year commences on 01 September. Applications are considered six times per year and membership is effective from the date of admission. Current subscription rates for admission are as follows:


Membership Grade
Rate 2013-14

Rate 2014-15








Registered Student



For further information on how to apply and/or eligibility criteria, please contact New Applications including your postal address and attaching a brief CV detailing relevant qualifications and work experience with dates. We will then be able to advise you on your next step.

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ou can request the required Membership Application forms from the Membership Department, by post or fax: +44 (0) 20 7940 3121.

Membership Events

Please check the events calendar for details on CIOL events.


Continuing Professional Development

Members can access their CPD record form online:

CIOL CPD Workshops are available to view here.

Membership Benefits

CIOL Advantage | Professional | Networking/Events | Publications | Financial/Legal/Insurance | Discounts

CIOL Advantage - the benefits scheme for CIOL members
CIOL Advantage offers a unique package of benefits specially tailored to CIOL members. It presents fantastic discounts on a range of everyday products and services including:
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Insurance (car, home, life, travel etc)
  • Lifestyle (cinema tickets, Apple products, eye care, gyms, holidays, retail cashback etc)
  • Financial and Legal Advice (telephone legal assistance, mortgage assistance, energy price comparison, etc)
  • Business Support (Stationery, procurement, venue finding, IT & Professional development training etc)


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CIOL Advantage is managed on behalf of CIOL by Parliament Hill Ltd of 3rd Floor, 127 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6BT. Neither are part of the same group as a provider.


  • Professional status associated with CIOL membership
  • Use of Designatory Letters, i.e. MCIL, FCIL, ACIL
  • Four specialist Divisions - Education, Business, Professions and Government, Interpreting and Translation which help to contribute to a Continuing Professional Development Scheme
  • A Code of Conduct providing your clients with an assurance of your high standards of professionalism
  • Free listing on the Find-a-Linguist service, a regularly updated online database of members available for freelance work, which will bring your professional services to a worldwide clientele (not applicable to Students)
  • Use of CIOL's  button logo. Click here to email us and request an official logo.
  • 30% discount on MemoQ Translator Pro licence. Please email for further details and a discount code. New licences only, upgrades not included.



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  • Events organised by the CIOL's regional and overseas Societies as well as the CIOL's four Divisions
  • The CIOL's annual Members' Day with seminars, workshops, the Threlford Memorial Lecture and the chance to meet new colleagues
  • Access to the Professional Translators' Network, TransNet
  • Access to the Professional Interpreters' Network, InterpNet
  • Access to the Business, Professions and Government e-group 
  • Networking opportunities with other linguists at events



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  • Free subscription to the Institute's distinguished magazine, The Linguist, published six times a year
  • Free Translators' Information Pack containing basic rates and other useful information
  • Free Interpreters' Information Pack containing basic rates and other useful information

There are other publications available through our publications order form.


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  •  Membership subscriptions may be claimed as tax-deductible expenses 
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance for self-employed interpreters, translators and tutors at advantageous rates (only applicable to UK based members)



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Chartered Linguist - Rules and Procedures

Please download your copy of the Award of Chartered Linguist - Rules and Procedures(PDF, 51.9 Kb) .

Code of Professional Conduct

The Institute’s Council has approved (17 November 2007) the new Code of Professional Conduct shown here, with effect from 1 January 2008. The Code will apply to members of the Chartered Institute and also to Chartered Linguists.
The Code of Professional Conduct is supported by disciplinary procedures applicable to members of the Chartered Institute and Chartered Linguists.


Disciplinary Procedures

Disciplinary Procedures for enforcing the Code of Professional Conduct for members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and Chartered Linguists.

Approved by Council 13 July 2013 – Effective date: 13 July 2013