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VKD - Germany’s professional association for conference interpreters

Member of the Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ)

The German Association of Conference Interpreters, known by its German abbreviation VKD, represents Germany’s professional conference interpreters. We currently have over 700 members and are a member association of  the German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ). The VKD has five main objectives:

  • Defining and ensuring compliance with the highest quality standards
  • Promoting training and CPD for members
  • Supporting recently qualified conference interpreters
  • Encouraging professional debate
  • Supporting potential clients in finding qualified professional conference interpreters

For clients

Finding an interpreter

Do you need an interpreter? Access our easy-to-use database to identify an expert for the language combination you need.

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Preparing a successful event

Are you planning a multilingual meeting and need interpreters? Click here for a list of helpful tips on preparing and implementing an event.

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Tips for speakers

Speakers and interpreters need to work together to ensure that presentations hit the spot. Click here for information on how to make that happen.

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For (potential) members

Benefits of a VKD membership

Are you a conference interpreter who wants to join a powerful professional community? Click here to learn about the benefits of a VKD membership for newcomers and experienced colleagues alike.

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Become a member

Do you want to benefit from VKD membership? Click here to learn how to join the association and to download an application pack.

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Training courses by VKD and BDÜ

Keep your professional and language skills up to date with VKD and BDÜ’s broad range of CPD courses.

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For the media (information in German)

Press releases

Click here for the VKD’s current press releases and stay up to date on matters relating to conference interpreting.

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Press pack

Download our press pack, which contains facts and figures relating to the VKD and its members.

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The VKD in the media

Interested in reading what others have to say about the VKD and the profession in general? Click here for current articles.

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About us

About the VKD

This section contains information about the objectives, tasks and quality standards of the Association of Conference Interpreters (VKD) in the Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ).

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Structure of the VKD

Our members give up their time to serve on the Executive Board, various committees and special functions of the VKD. Click here to learn more about their work.

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Our mentoring programmes

We provide dedicated assistance to recently qualified conference interpreters to assist them as they enter the profession as freelancers.

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If you have questions on our work, are planning an event involving conference interpreters or want to become a member, please get in touch! We are happy to assist you in any matter relating to conference interpreters.

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