Become an editor

Most editors have at least one university degree and many editors have years of experience working for organisations that produce publications, where they have generally reaped the benefits of in-house training. Some editors have specific qualifications in language, linguistics, writing or editing. Many use their specialist knowledge to edit technical, trade, scientific or educational publications.

Formal courses or units in editing (at undergraduate or postgraduate level) are offered by many tertiary institutions. See Education and training for courses in Western Australia and other states.

If you are thinking about starting up as a freelance editor, we advise that you get training and reliable business advice. Become an active member of your local branch of IPEd to avoid the professional isolation faced by many freelancers. Our branch is a part of a national mentorship program that offers one-to-one guidance.

Editors can also be accredited. For more information on the accreditation process, see IPEd/Accreditation or search for information on the IPEd website.

NEWS

  • Mentoring – could you be a mentor?

    20 October 2019

    Some newcomers to IPEd may not be aware that we run a mentoring program. This is not a course in basic or beginner editing. Rather it is one of the ways you can gain new skills or learn more about … Read more

  • All about the Standing Committee on Academic Editing

    While wandering the forest of IPEd acronyms and abbreviations, members may have wondered what the SCAE is and what it does. Our Editors WA branch president sits on the IPEd Standing Committee for Academic Editing, responsible for the important task … Read more

  • President’s Report 2019

    17 August 2019

    Click on the link to read the EditorsWA President’s Report from the Annual Branch Meeting on 30 July 2019: President’s report, ABM 2019 30 July 19

  • Making Connections: Kate Cuthbert workshop for editors and writers

    28 March 2019

    Networking opportunity with writers We are about to host one of our most focused outreach events ever on 13 April. Rather than contemplating our own navels and talking to ourselves we are stepping outside our immediate community to talk with … Read more