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BSL/English Translators

BSL Translators work between written English and British Sign Language (BSL) (in contrast, BSL/English Interpreters work between spoken English and BSL). BSL translation is a highly technical skill that involves translating complex written documents from English into BSL. This may involve broadcast translations, e.g. to be broadcast on TV screens in public service buildings; in-vision translations of TV programmes to be broadcast on national TV; or translations of technical texts, e.g. legal contracts.

BSL Translators are required to undertake extensive training at Level 6 of the National Occupational Standards (equivalent to undergraduate level) and are certified and regulated by the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), which is the national regulatory body for BSL/English Translators (and other communication professionals).

There are two categories of BSL Translators:

Registered Sign Language Translator (RSLT)

Registered Sign Language Translators (RSLT) have native or near-native proficiency in BSL, hold a Level 6 qualification in English (or BSL) and a Level 6 qualification in sign language translation. The fact that RSLTs must have native or near-native competency in BSL is in line with industry standards where best practice is to translate "only into one's native language, as this ensures that the target language is as natural and coherent as possible for end user" (ITI 2018).

Trainee Sign Language Translator (TSLT)

Trainee Sign Language Translators (TSLT) have skills in English and in translation at Level 4 of the National Occupational Standards (B2). Due to this lower skill level, TSLTs may not be used for complex translation projects where there is a significant risk to the parties involved, e.g. the translation of legal contracts.

BSL Translation Services

We offer a certified and professional BSL translation service. We film in our own studio using state of the art technology and video editing software. Our BSL translation services include:

​Document Translation

  • Contracts

  • Letters

  • Books (fiction, non-fiction, children's etc.)

  • Leaflets and brochures

  • Fact sheets and information packs

  • Academic articles

Website Translation

  • Written content on websites

  • Audio content on websites

  • Subtitling 

In-vision and Broadcast Translation

  • TV Programmes (documentary, drama, children's etc.)

  • Conference speeches

  • Pre-recorded training webinars