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Information on the renewal procedure.

Renewal procedure

Every five years AEs must apply to the Accreditation Board (AB) to renew their accreditation. To find out the dates when different cohorts need to renew their accreditation, see the Renewal schedule.

This page sets out the procedure that IPEd uses to renew AEs’ accreditation.

Notifying AEs that their accreditation renewal is due

Before the renewal period opens for a cohort of AEs, the AB will notify the AEs in that cohort that their renewal is due. The AB will also publish reminders in IPEd communications.

When the renewal period opens for a cohort of AEs, the AB will send the AEs an email with a link to pay the renewal application fee, after which they will receive a link to the online application form.

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Completing accreditation renewal applications

To apply to renew their accreditation, AEs must pay an application fee and complete the online application form before the closing date. AEs usually have three months to renew before the closing date.

The online application form includes guidelines for completing the form. For application criteria, see Renewal Requirements.


Application fee

Each time they apply to renew their accreditation, AEs must pay a renewal fee. The current fee is A$220 including GST. (Note: GST is not payable if you live outside Australia.)


Late applications

IPEd does not accept late applications. If extenuating circumstances apply, an AE may ask the AB chair’s permission to make a late application, but their request must be made before the closing date. Such permission may be granted at the discretion of the AB.

Assessing accreditation applications

Each application is assessed by an approved assessor who is either a Distinguished Editor (DE) or an AE who is not applying for renewal in the same year.

The assessor may contact the AE for further information, and may ask for evidence of an AE’s claim if the claim cannot be independently verified. For details of suitable evidence, see Renewal Requirements.

Notifying applicants of their assessment result

AEs can expect to be notified of their assessment result within two months of the application closing date. Some assessments may take longer if assessors have requested further information.


Successful applicants

AEs whose renewal applications are approved will receive a new certificate of accreditation and may continue to describe themselves as IPEd Accredited Editors.


Unsuccessful applicants

AEs whose renewal applications are not approved have three courses of action open to them:

  • submit a formal appeal within two weeks of the notification – see the appeals procedure below
  • apply again in the next calendar year – this will usually give candidates at least one year to undertake enough activities for a better application
  • accept they are no longer accredited.

Appeals procedure

To be valid, an appeal about a renewal assessment must:

  • be in writing to the AB chair
  • be made within two (2) weeks of the AE being notified of their unsuccessful application for renewal
  • outline the reasons for the appeal.

On receipt of a valid appeal, the AB chair will appoint a different assessor and an AB member (neither of whom is applying for renewal of accreditation at that time) to conduct a second assessment of the renewal application. The candidate will be notified of the second assessment result within three weeks of the AB chair receiving the appeal. The appeal decision will be final.