About The Transcription Society

Who are We?

The Transcription Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving standards in the transcription industry and providing accreditation to both individual and corporate members. We are a limited company by guarantee, run on a not for profit basis and registered in the UK with Companies House.

What do you offer?

We offer individual transcribers the chance to obtain professional recognition for their standards of work. We provide corporate members with recognition that they subscribe to a professional level of industry standards for quality and ethics.

How do I join?

Individual membership is very simple. Fill out our form online, pay your annual membership, and we will be in touch with your options for our levels of accreditation. You do not need to take any tests in order to join the Transcription Society as an individual member.

What is your history?

The Transcription Society Limited was formed by four company directors of TP Transcription Limited, University Transcriptions and UK-Transcription.co.uk who identified that there is a clear gap in the market for a professional level of regulation. This has been recognised by the inclusion of the Transcription Society in tenders by academic institutions for the provision of transcription services.

Where does the money go?

The Transcription Society Limited is run on a non-profit making basis. We are a Limited Company by Guarantee and in the process of registering as a charity in the UK. All membership fees are used solely to fund the promotion of education and training for transcribers. Our Articles of Association do not permit the withdrawal of profit in the form of dividends.

What are the Levels of Accreditation?

We give individual transcribers the opportunity to gain industry recognition for their transcription and audio typing abilities. These are particularly important when applying to companies for work and also when individuals and companies pitch for tenders. Membership of the Transcription Society has been cited as a preference in UK university tenders and it is a straightforward process to complete our online tests.

The separate levels of accreditation are as follows:

  • Transcription Society Accredited – Standard
  • Transcription Society Accredited – Advanced
  • Transcription Society Accredited – Expert

What do I have to complete to gain Accreditation?

  1. Join the Transcription Society as an individual member
  2. We will send you a link to an online application form for accreditation
  3. We will request copies of documents including proof of ID and address
  4. Once you have applied for accreditation we will send you an invoice for payment for the cost of the test.
  5. Pay the invoice and we will provide you with a link to the audio test.
  6. Complete the test. We will mark it and confirm whether or not you have reached the required standard to become accredited.

What Additional Benefits are there from joining the Transcription Society?

We offer access to specialist professional indemnity insurance for transcribers, free document templates including confidentiality undertakings and assistance for smaller transcription providers in finding other transcribers to link up with for any larger scale orders.