Application for membership (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, applicants 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 applicant’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
Applications are made in the form of language pairs, composed of one source language and one target language.
When the target language of the pair is an A, it is to be covered by at least 2 sponsors with an A in that language and an A, a B or a C in the source language.
When the target language of the pair is a B, it is to be covered by at least 1 sponsor with an A and 1 with an A or a B in that language and an A, a B or a C in the source language.
Every language that is not a target language shall be regerred to as a C.
At least three different sponsors must cover all the applicant's language pairs.
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.