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.


  • Thesis Editing – where to from here?

    18 February 2018

    If you’re coming along to the Editors WA general meeting on Monday 19 February 2018, all the details you need are right here! DATE: Monday 19 February 2018 TIME: 6:15 for 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PLACE: Town of Victoria Park … Read more

  • Preparing for the Accreditation Exam: Tips, Strategies and Exercises

    2 February 2018

    Get organised for your Accreditation Exam The next accreditation exam will be held on Saturday 19 May 2018. To assist WA members preparing to sit the exam, Meryl Potter, Distinguished Editor and lead writer for four of the accreditation exams, … Read more

  • Join us for a seasonal celebration

    6 November 2017

    This year, the Editors WA Christmas lunch will be held at: La Fattoria 211 Merrivale Rd Pickering Brook (see map below) Saturday 2 December 2017 12.00 – 3.00 pm Please come along to La Fattoria in picturesque Pickering Brook and … Read more

  • Winter seminar 2017

    27 July 2017

    Managing your career – and yourself: smart strategies for time-poor editors Join us for a day of professional development on: Saturday 26 August 2017 – 8:30 AM for 8:45 AM start / 4:00 PM close Room 109, Building 3, Edith Cowan University, … Read more