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Diploma in Public Service Interpreting

We are an examination centre for the Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Diploma in Public Service Interpreting.

Both internal and external candidates can sit the DPSI examination at Cardiff University provided the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) have enough teams of assessors available for their language. Otherwise, candidates have to be examined in London for the oral part.

The written units can always be taken at Cardiff University.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Examinations cancelled

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all examinations for the academic year 20/21 are cancelled, in line with ongoing Government and University policy. 

We expect to hold these exams again in 2022.

Please see the Chartered Institute of Linguists web site for information on where to sit these exams this year.

For any queries please email

Fees and registration

In addition to the examination fee charged by the Chartered Institute of Linguists, there is a Centre fee of £165 (£55 for each of three tasks).

Please note that candidates must register as an Institute of Linguists IoLET affiliate member in order to register for this exam. IoLET affiliate membership offers additional study resources, along with other benefits.

Cardiff University cannot accept responsibility for the information contained on this page. All details should be confirmed with the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

If you are interested in sitting your examination at Cardiff University you need to:

  1. Contact us to confirm registration details.
  2. Send your Registration form to Cardiff University for processing. This will then be sent on to the Chartered Institute of Linguists who will collect payment.
  3. Payment of the Centre fee is arranged directly with Cardiff University and separately from the registration above.

We offer a number of courses to help students prepare for the examinations.


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