2014 IPEd accreditation exam date announced

The fifth IPEd accreditation exam will be held on Saturday 3 May 2014. Like the previous four exams, this will be a pen and paper exam.

Passing the IPEd accreditation exam demonstrates an editor’s professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge.

Registrations for the exam open on Monday 6 January and close on Monday 7 April. The cut-off date for early bird registrations and payments is Friday 7 March. Ensure you are a financial member of the society to take advantage of the lower exam fees for society members. All registrations must be made on the registration form (see note below) and accompanied by the relevant fee. All fees, however paid, must be received by IPEd by close of business on 7 April.

The exam fees are:

Financial members of a society of editors:
Sitting first time: $570; early bird $540
Re-sitting: $285; early bird $270

Non-members of a society of editors:
Sitting first time: $725; early bird $690
Re-sitting: $362; early bird $345

GST is not applicable. Members of a society who are not financial at the time of registration will be charged the non-member fee. Exam fees may be tax deductible.

The fee has been calculated as the minimum required to cover exam costs in 2014. It is based on a target number of applicants and, if this target is not reached, the Accreditation Board may postpone the exam until 2015. There will be no limit placed on the number of candidates who may sit the exam; all candidates who register and pay the fee by the closing date will be accommodated.

Two sample exams are available from the IPEd website. Both sample exams are very good indicators of what you can expect in May, and trialling them will help you decide whether you are ready for the real thing. It is recommended that you not attempt the exam unless you have at least three years’ full-time professional editing experience. All societies of editors will be organising pre-exam activities to help prepare candidates.

To obtain further information, contact your Accreditation Board delegate or consult the guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website.

Please note: The form must be filled in online. It will not be complete and registered until you click the Submit button at the bottom of the form and see a web page with the message ‘Your response has been recorded’.

Confirmation of accreditation exam

The IPEd Council has confirmed that the 2012 accreditation exam will go ahead on Saturday 13 October. Candidates are advised to read carefully the Guide for candidates and the Q&A section on the IPEd website and to make sure they ‘sit’ at least one of the sample exams available on the website under exam conditions and then mark their work against the marking guide well before 13 October, so they will know which aspects they need to focus on in their exam preparation. They should also read the Style manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edn) and at least one or two of the other references listed in the guidelines.

Any queries should be directed to the WA Accreditation Board delegate, Jo Smith at jo.smith@wordsmithwa.com.au

August networking meeting — preparing for the accreditation exam

Topic: Preparing for the accreditation exam
Speakers: Accredited editors who have passed the accreditation exam

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Accredited Editors Cheryl Bettridge, Michele Drouart, Amanda Curtin, Margaret McNally, Jan Knight, Sue Thomson and Kerry Coyle. Bring your Style manual and any other resources you use with you.

The Curtin Uni publication, Treading water while the sharks are circling, designed as a guide for first year uni students sitting exams is a useful guide for anyone who has an exam looming and current Australian standards for editing practice will be distributed to all those who would like one.

The format will be something along the following lines:
Part 1: Tackling the exam 10 mins
This section covers time management, what to do first, using your strengths to their best advantage when choosing questions, etc.
Part 2: Be prepared 10 mins
This includes what to take in to the exam and how to make best use of the website.
Part 3: Survival guide 10 mins
How to remain calm and combat your nerves; hints and tips. General questions.
Part 4: Practice makes perfect (all panellists to assist group) 60 mins

Exam (apart from 10 mins to write name and number on each page and 30 mins reading time) is 3 hours. Use reading time to choose questions.

• Part 1 (25 mins)
Distribute practice papers and read intro. Read Part 1 instructions. Give 20 mins for group to answer the 24 short questions (allocation in exam is 20% so approx 36 mins). Give answers.

• Part 2 (15 mins)
Read page 6 and do some of the style sheet together as not everyone may have done one before. Examples.

• Part 3 (20 mins)
4 of the 12 need to be answered in approximately 72 mins. Let’s look at question 1.  4 of the 6 parts 1.1 to 1.6 need to be done (approx 5 mins to spend on each). Allow everyone to choose four and do them in 20 mins (cross of 5 minute intervals). They can then look at their answers and see how they went.

Hopefully these exercises reassure people that they can work within the exam’s timeframes. Remember some areas will be easier for an individual than others, so the percentage split is really just a guide. 

Wrap up and questions

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $10 non-member; $5 members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP barney9277@optusnet.com.au

Free workshop to revise editing standards

You are invited to attend a workshop to revise the ‘Australian standards for editing practice’. The ‘Standards’ underpin the work of all editors and are the basis of IPEd’s accreditation exam.

Kerry Davies, AE, president of the Queensland Society of Editors, will facilitate the meeting to be held in Perth on Saturday 18 February.

A flyer and all the papers are attached FYI.

If you can attend this important event, please enrol as soon as possible. More details about what is needed will be sent to members who enrol or who express an interest.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

EVENT: Revision of IPEd standards

VENUE: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco

DATE: Saturday, 18 February 2012

TIME: 9.45 am for 10 am, finishing at 4 pm

COST: Free

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

*****  ENROL ASAP to kcoyle@westnet.com.au *****

Documents required
1. Discussion paper

2. Current version of Standards

3. Most recent draft revision of Standards

4. A track changes comparison of 2 and 3 above

5. Professional Editorial Standards, Canada 2009

6. SfEP Code of Practice Ensuring Editorial Excellence UK 2005 with special attention to sections 5 and 6