The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) is the professional association for Australian and New Zealand editors. It exists to advance the profession of editing and to support and promote Australian and New Zealand editors.
IPEd coordinates initiatives that benefit Australian and New Zealand editors by:
Managing the accreditation scheme
Sponsoring the biennial conference
Organising professional development
Raising the profile of editors and the value they add to all forms of written communication
Sponsoring awards for excellence in editing
Maintaining and promoting Australian standards for editing practice
Membership is open to individual editors, those with an interest in editing, publishing or a related field, students and organisations that employ editors. Further details of membership categories, criteria and fees are available on the Membership pages of the website.
IPEd employs part-time staff from across Australia who work remotely to drive the key activities of IPEd and support IPEd members and the branches.
The staff are as follows:
Editors work with writers for the benefit of readers. They help writers get their message across with greater clarity, elegance, forcefulness and insight.
What editors do
Three levels of editing
Where editors work
Accredited and distinguished editors
An editor’s skills
How to become an editor
If it is written, an editor can help. Books and newsletters, brochures and educational materials, advertisements and scholarly articles, government and annual reports, websites and poetry – an editor’s deft touch can improve their effectiveness in reaching their target audience.
It is all about time and money – think what you could save in explanation and correction after publication.
Skilled editors, such as accredited and distinguished editors, are communication specialists and an invaluable resource for all publishing projects.
IPEd’s Australian standards for editing practice sets out the core standards that professional editors should meet.
Australian standards for editing practice also tells employers what to expect from the editors they hire and shows new editors the range of skills and knowledge they should aspire to. It helps the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), educational institutions and other training providers to devise material, seminars and courses on editing. And it is the foundation for IPEd’s accreditation of editors.
Become a member
Membership of IPEd is open to editors engaged in any aspect of editing for online and print publishing and anyone with an interest in editing, publishing or a related field, including students.
When you apply for membership of IPEd, you will choose to be assigned to a branch. The branches are responsible for arranging member meetings, events and professional development activities.
Find an editor
The Editors Directory is a searchable list of freelance editors who are professional members of the Institute of Professional Editors.
You can search for an editor who offers the services you need and has expertise in the subject(s) you are writing about. It also enables you to search for editors who can work in a language or languages other than English, or have experience working with authors from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The accreditation scheme offers Australian and New Zealand editors a mechanism for demonstrating their competence. At the same time, it provides potential employers with confidence in the skills of the editors they hire.
IPEd provides an accreditation scheme for professional editors in Australia and New Zealand. The scheme, administered by the Accreditation Board, has been open to IPEd members and non-members, but as of 2021 is open only to IPEd members.
Renewal of accreditation
Accredited Editors (AE) must renew their accreditation every five (5) years to maintain their accreditation status. To renew their accreditation, AEs must meet criteria which are set out in Renewal requirements.
To date, most AEs’ applications to renew their accreditation have been approved. Some AEs have chosen not to renew because they have retired or left the profession.
For details of the renewal application and assessment procedure, see Renewal procedure.
The principle of lifelong learning and education is taken for granted within the editing profession. It is essential for the professional development of individuals, and the health and relevance of the profession at large.
Professional development may include:
- attending the biennial IPEd conference
- working with or as a mentor
- attending seminars and workshops organised by branches
- writing occasional papers on matters of interest to the profession
- undertaking long or short courses in editing or related fields.
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is the professional association for editors in Australia and New Zealand. Our 1300+ members play a valuable role in content development and publication.
They work collaboratively with content creators to help get the message across with greater clarity, elegance and insight. IPEd is a not-for-profit member-driven organisation, with dedicated volunteers and professional staff working together to advance the profession of editing