Benefits of becoming a Chartered Linguist

There are a great many benefits of chartership – not only to the chartered professional, but also in the public interest. See below for how chartership can benefit you as a practising language professional.

A Chartered professional is a person who has gained a certain level of skill or competence in a particular field of work, which has been recognised by the award of a formal credential by a relevant professional organisation. Chartered status is considered a mark of professional competency, and is awarded mainly by chartered professional bodies and learned societies.

Top five benefits of Chartership


1. Enhanced professional recognition

Chartership is the gold standard for practising linguists and will reinforce your professionalism.

2. Parity with other professionals

Be valued alongside other chartered professionals.

3. Public recognition

Chartership is a mark of quality and competence and will inpsire confidence in users of language services.

4. Validation

A commitment to Continuing Professional Development; to maintain high professional standards.

5. Differentiation

Chartership helps you stand out from the crowd and increase your professional profile.


Chartered Linguists can use the designation CL or Chartered Linguist, with the option of stating a specialism*:

  • CL (Translator)
  • CL (Interpreter)
  • CL (Education)
  • CL (Language Specialist)

Chartered Linguists will be listed on the CL register from the day of registration until 31 August each year, when they will be invited to re-register. For CIOL members this will form part of the annual invitation to renew their membership.

*Specific criteria must be met