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Launched in 2010 Visual Language Professionals is an organisation for professional linguists working with the Deaf community.

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Promoting High Standards

Visual Language Professionals (VLP) was set up in 2010 for language professionals working with the Deaf community to support each other on a local and national basis, to promote and maintain high standards of sign language interpreting and encourage good practice throughout the profession.

VLP members include associated communication professionals working with Deaf people. Deafblind communicators, BSL/English Translators and Lipspeakers.

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Full membership including PII is offered to language professionals who are eligible to be registered with the NRCPD as : Qualified Interpreters, Lipspeakers (L3), Deafblind Interpreters (L3), Deaf Interpreters(NVQ 6) and BSL Translators (NVQ 6)

VLP does not require that you are currently registered with any other professional body, but may require proof of qualification in line with the NRCPD mapping at those levels.

Full membership entitles you to PII cover of £250k; Full access to the online forum; Entry on the online directory; Photo ID card as well as other member benefits

The VLP membership year runs from the 1st April to the following 31st March

Membership Fee:

£50 for Full members = PII / Full Access to Forum / Membership card / Online Listing

*Note: From April 2012 to Oct 2012, the NRCPD's categories started to change. The MRSLI category stayed the same (renamed to RSLI), but the TI and JTI categories merged to a single Trainee category. See NRCPD website for details.

In 2013 VLP decided to make its membership stand for one of quality and decided to only accept fully qualified language professionals as members. We believe that this shows commitment to the profession and the Deaf community that we work with, and provide a service to.

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Contact Us

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admin (at) vlp (dot) org (dot) uk