Diploma in Police Interpreting Preparatory course 2017-18 Warwick

Full details of the course are given in the course leaflet at the bottom of this page.

This course prepares students to take the Diploma in Police Interpreting examinations in June 2018.



Applicants must have good oral, reading and writing skills in English and another language. They need basic IT skills and access to a computer, the internet and a printer. Interpreting experience is desirable but not essential.


If you wish to develop a career as an interpreter in the criminal justice system one of the main routes is to obtain a DPI qualification.

The DPI (prior to 2014 called the ‘Metropolitan Police Test’) is accredited at Level 6 (first degree level). The examination assesses interpretation and translation skills. Examinations are set by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (link)

Those who have a DPI qualification have enhanced career opportunities as the diploma is accepted as qualification for:

  • interpreting work with Cintra and other organisations for the police, probation, the Ministry of Justice courts and tribunals service, UK Visas and Immigration service, solicitors and other parts of the law sector.
  • registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI).This is a register of qualified interpreters and is used by public services, businesses and members of the public to obtain interpreters (link)
  • membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (link)
  • membership of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (link).

Class sessions take place broadly once a month on a Tuesday from October 2017 to May 2018, between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, at the The Saxon Mill, Guy’s Cliffe, Warwick (link).


Class sessions are delivered in English but specific language tuition is also provided where possible. The course comprises 9 class-based sessions (6 hours each), 8 modules of home study and 4 sets of language tuition.

The final examinations will be held by the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London in June 2018.


Course fees £1750 or £795 for sponsored students. Phased payments are available.

Plus examination fees £819

See course leaflet for payment deadlines.


We may offer sponsored places to people we wish to recruit to our register of freelance law sector interpreters.  These are those speaking the following languages and living in the East Midlands, East Anglia or nearby:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bengali Sylheti, Bulgarian, Chinese Mandarin, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Punjabi Indian, Punjabi Mirpuri, Pushtu, Romanian, Somali, Slovak, Tiginyan, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

We may consider applications for non-sponsored places in other languages or locations.

Sponsored students will be required to provide original documentary evidence of qualifications and right to work in the UK, and to undergo police vetting.


Read the course leaflet carefully then complete the on-line application form (link) by 31 August 2017 (earlier applications will be given priority).

Complete the optional equality monitoring form with the reference number "DPI2017" (link) – this data will not be used for short-listing purposes.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and may be invited to undertake a language assessment.

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Any questions?

Before contacting us please read the course leaflet below as this should give all the information you need. For any further queries contact Cintra’s Human Resources Team on trainingadmin@cintra.org.uk or phone 01223 346875.