ACIS Launch

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ACIS has officially launched the UK’s first Directory of qualified Community Interpreters

Translators, linguists and public service interpreters have been well-represented in the UK by a few associations over the decades.

After the CIoLAPCI was established in 1974, the ITI followed in 1986 and then the NRPSI was born as a regulator after an enquiry. Conference interpreters are represented by AIIC UK & Ireland.

Over the years Helena El Masri has grown increasingly aware of the lack of support or representation for community interpreters. Thus in 2020, Helena relaunched ACIS with a clear mission: to represent the interests of community interpreters and to develop, promote and safeguard high professional standards in the field of community interpreting. The association aims to bring awareness to all service providers of the importance of using qualified community interpreters, as well as paying fair rates and promoting better working conditions to encourage interpreters to keep committed to further training and CPD. For this reason, a directory has been created on the ACIS website which is visible and searchable by service providers across the UK to ensure the hiring of qualified and vetted interpreters.

Holders of the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting can register their interest to join this directory by applying online or by sending an email to The Admissions Committee will then invite all those interested and eligible to attend an interview.

Full members will also have access to FREE continuous professional development events and resources.

An exclusive membership area will be available for all full members to access a range of free webinars, mini courses and CPD – coming soon!

In the meantime we invite you to:

  • Click here to join the association
  • See the member directory used by public service providers
  • Free, bite-size resources will be continuously added on our News & Resources page
  • Read the code of conduct to familiarise yourself with the association standards

We are calling on all community interpreters to join this association to support our interests and promote high professional standards in this field.

If you have any membership questions don’t hesitate to contact the team at ACIS.