Candidate Information

CIOL Qualifications policies

CIOL Qualifications is a leading international Awarding Organisation for professional language qualifications. We seek to constantly improve all aspects of the quality of our processes and procedures in order for us to continue to offer qualifications of the highest standard.

To ensure quality, we follow guidance issued by the UK’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual),  Qualifications Wales (QW) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)

The guidance we receive and the systems we employ are governed by our policies, which cover all aspects of assessment, quality assurance, our expectations of you and the candidate experience.  Please visit our CIOLQ Policies section to read all CIOL Qualifications' policies and learn about the additional services we offer.

Please direct all general enquiries about qualifications to


CIOL Qualifications retains the copyright on all its publications but cannot give permission to reproduce any exam material (sample texts, source materials, news items) for which rights are held wholly or in part by a third party.

CIOL Membership

Successful candidates may be eligible to upgrade their membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) when they receive their examination results. To apply online click here or for more general CIOL membership enquiries please contact the Membership Team at

CIOL Awards

CIOL holds an annual awards ceremony and awards a number of cups and trophies to candidates for the best performance in an examination. Click here to find out more.