From 1st September 2005, The Institute of Linguists will become the Chartered Institute of Linguists. This means that it will be able to give the status of "Chartered Linguist" to suitably qualified linguists. John Hammond, Chairman of the Council of the Institute of Linguists, said that "it will materially assist

[us] to enhance regulation and uniform standards for all those working as professional linguists, as well as emphasising the importance of the profession and languages within the community generally."
Interesting… I wonder whether members of the Institute like me will automatically receive the Chartered status. I think it is great news, a step towards tighter regulation of our profession. Let’s hope so, anyway.