Candidate (for experienced interpreters)
Qualification as a conference interpreter, a certain level of experience, and compliance with AIIC’s Code of Professional Ethics and Professional Standards are prerequisites for membership
To join AIIC as an active member, candidates must be able to demonstrate at least 150 days of work covering all the language pairs they are requesting. A number of existing members will vouch for the candidate’s expertise and professional approach by signing the application form as sponsors.
To become a member of AIIC you need to have worked a total of at least 150 days according to AIIC's rules and regulations.
You will need at least three sponsors, including two from your region, covering each of your language pairs.
must have listened to you work at a meeting no more than three years prior to the date at which they signed your application
must have provided signatures dating back no more than three years prior to the date at which the AIIC Secretariat receives your application
must all be active members of AIIC with a minimum of 5 years seniority in the languages they are sponsoring
Minimum requirements for language coverage
Each A language is to be covered by at least 2 sponsors with an A in that language.
All A sponsors taken together must cover all the candidate's language combinations
Each B language is to be covered by at least 1 sponsor with an A and 1 with an A or B in that language.
Each sponsor for a B language must also have an A, a B or a C in the applicant's A language.
Each C language is to be covered by at least 2 sponsors with an A, B or C in that language.
Each sponsor for a C language must also have an A or a B in the applicant's A language.
One of your sponsors for a C language could have a C in your A language provided he/she has an A in your C language.
Each pair must be covered by sponsors at least once. Each language must be covered twice.
By requiring a minimum number of days worked under professional conditions, AIIC effectively asks applicants to pass the "test" of the workplace.
By requiring sponsorship by active members who have worked with and listened to an applicant, AIIC again puts the emphasis on performance in real-life settings.
Sponsorship must not be taken lightly. A member who agrees to sign for an applicant is vouching both for the individual's professional competence and for their undertaking to abide by the accepted professional ethics.
Potential sponsors, therefore, are advised to talk at length with the applicant and provide information on the profession and the Association.