Translation Certification - Suggestion of Online courses
Thread poster: xxxGchaho1

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Italian to English
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Feb 6, 2009

I have been a part time translator for the last 2 years. I am now looking to take some courses and get certified. Can anyone please let me know of good online programs that lead to certification? I live in London and am planning to be here for the next 3 years.

Thank you for your help!


Cristina Cajoto  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:56
English to Spanish
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IoL DipTrans Feb 6, 2009

Hi Guendalina,

Since you live in the UK, I think a good option to get certified would be to take the IoL DipTrans examination ( - this is a very prestigious exam, especially in the UK. The exam takes place every January, but you need to register before August.

There are a good number of courses (many of them are distance courses) that you can take to get prepared for the exam, check the IoL website for more info.

Good luck!



Charles Rothwell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:56
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German to English
MA on-line courses in Translation in England Feb 14, 2009


Cristina has mentioned the CIoL Dip. Trans. qualification. The other main route in England is to take an MA in Translation Studies and a number of universities are now starting to offer such courses on-line.

The University fo BRISTOL offers a 'general' MA course which covers all aspects of Translation and can be taken anywhere: The same is true of the University of Portsmouth:

A 'brand new' (from September 2008) MA on-line course is also offered by City University, LONDON ( ). It seems very interesting as it offers SPECIALIST training in legal translation and ALSO brings students and tutors together for four-day meetings four times a year in LONDON. (It could thus offer you personal networking opportunities 'on your doorstep' as well!)

Finally, as you may well know, the University of Westminster has a very good reputation in this field. I do not think their MA is availalbe on-line yet ( ), BUT I know that there were plans to offer some of their course modules on a part-time basis, so it might be useful to check carefully with them as to what they are intending to offer for the period when you want to begin your studies.

As can be gathered from the above (e.g. re. the City University course) the situation is very fluid and new courses are appearing regularly so do check carefully before you 'sign up'.

GOOD LUCK with whichever course you finally decide upon.

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Anna Fangrath  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:56
great suggestions Feb 16, 2009

Thank you for this information,

I for my part would be interested in online distance learning as well.
However, I already hold a MA in Translation.
What I am looking for, is a course for further learning in an specific area.
I would be happy to find an online course for medical translation that can be taken without having to complete translation studies.
So far, i did not find anything.
may be one of you has a suggestion?

There are some 1-day seminars for tranlators in this area but I don't feel this is enough.


Christine Schmit  Identity Verified
German to French
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online courses for translators Feb 18, 2009

I have compiled a list of online and distance learning courses for translators on my blog. Maybe you can find something interesting there

Good luck,



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