Praxis Community Projects

Become a praxis interpreter

Are you looking to develop a career as a professional interpreter?

  • Do you have experience in public service interpreting in health and social care settings?
  • Are you fluent in English – speaking, reading and writing?
  • Do have a qualification in interpreting?
  • Are you fluent in at least one of the following languages: speaking, reading and writing?
Amharic Cantonese
Arabic Dari
Bengali / Sylheti Somali
BSL Turkish
Bulgarian Vietnamese

In general, all of our linguists are DPSI, NRPSI or IOL accredited. We also recognise a number of other interpreting and translation qualifications, such as those provided by accredited universities and the LOCN. For more information about the above qualifications, please see the What makes a great interpreter? section below; an introduction to existing accreditation can be found here.

We work in partnership with professional bodies, government organisations and service users to promote better opportunities for the professional development of linguists. For example, we were part of the steering group for the review of the National Standards in Interpreting, which also includes representatives from the Institute of Linguists, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and CILT, the National Centre for Languages.

We are a registered body with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), which helps us to identify candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work. All interpreters and translators applying for accreditation with us are screened and or should provide a valid CRB certificate.

We are strongly committed to promoting equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their race, colour, nationality, or national or ethnic origin. Our diversity policy is attached here.

To Apply:

Praxis Interpreting+ runs a rolling recruitment programme for interpreters to join our pool of freelance interpreters. Please submit your application on any of the following schedules.

First round - 25th April 2014
Second round - 25th July 2014
Third round - 24th October 2014
Fourth round - 23rd January 2015

What makes a great interpreter?

Qualifications are important. However there is a limit to what they can assess. For example in court, interpreters have to be alert and switched on for a very long time. They can't allow any mistakes since there's no chance to go back and correct anything. They are always aware that someone's liberty may be at stake. This kind of ou pressure can hardly be recreated in an exam room. Likewise, while linguistic proficiency is crucial, cultural insight is a key requirement to operate as a professional interpreter.

Here are some useful sources on what it takes to be a professional interpreter:

National Standards in Interpreting and in Translating
The National Standards are designed to reinforce and enhance the status of practising interpreters and translators.

The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting is a professional interpreting qualification for work with UK community languages.

National Register of Public Service Interpreters for the use of public service organisations.

Signature administers the National Registers for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people.

NRCPD administers professional registers for sign language interpreters, lipspeakers, speech to text reporters, LSPs - deafblind manual and notetakers.

The website of the Institute of Linguists.

Institute of Translation and Interpreting
The Institute of Translation and Interpreting has produced two PDF information sheets for linguists getting started in the profession.

The website of the Open College Network London Region.

The web site of the Criminal Records Bureau.

For more information please contact us via:
Tel. 020 7729 7985

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