Ten Reasons to Get Accredited

Since 2008 the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has accredited more than 200 editors. They have been assessed as competent against the Australian Standards for Editing Practice. When these accredited editors talk about the benefits of accreditation, these are some of the things they mention.

1. Accreditation as the industry standard?

Everyone's expertise will eventually be measured by whether (or not) they are accredited.

2. Recognition of a level of expertise?

You may not hold a formal editing qualification in the form of a degree or diploma. Accreditation affirms the standard of your work to others.

3. Reinforcement of confidence in one's own ability

?If you are a freelancer, working in a vacuum, you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are on a par with those of your peers.

4. Improved standing in the industry

?Public recognition of your abilities and standards means the confidence of workmates and employers in you is increased.

5. Employer recognition of your strengths and capabilities

?Formal recognition of the competence of in-house editors can lead to greater workplace responsibilities and advancement which, in turn, can progress your career and lead to promotion. Employers can be confident that freelance editors have the skills they are seeking; and accredited freelancers stand out to prospective clients when competing for business.

6. Ability to charge industry rates confidently?

You can argue confidently for appropriate rates of pay and put paid to the days of working for peanuts.

7. A reason for employers to pay appropriately?

Clients employing a freelance editor are guaranteed editorial competence and can be confident they will get value for money.

8. Appearance on the IPEd accredited editors list

?If you so choose, your name will be listed along with just over 200 accredited editors Australia-wide already electing to appear on that list.

9. Some (or more) letters after your name?

Accreditation entitles you to add the postnominal AE to your name - indicating immediately, wherever your name appears, that the standard of your work meets the Australian Standards for Editing Practice.

10. And you're doing it for the profession?

Admit it! It makes you sick to see the specialist skills of your profession undermined by unskilled, untrained, self-proclaimed editors. Anyone can call themselves an "editor", so how do clients know who to choose? Increasing awareness of the accreditation system brings with it the potential to eliminate from the marketplace incompetent people who bring the profession into disrepute. The more good editors who elect to sit the accreditation exam and add their names to those of the accredited editors appearing on the IPEd list, the better the profile of the industry and the more respected the profession. It's in the best interests of us all!

If you are an editor with three years experience in the industry, and are considering sitting the accreditation exam this year, go to the Guide for Candidates under Accreditation on the IPEd website for more information, including sample exams from previous years.

And remember, the deadline to register for the 2012 exam, to be held on Saturday 13 October, is this Friday 14 September.

The IPEd Accreditation Board and Council