IPEd / Accreditation

Editors WA is a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd). IPEd exists to advance the profession of editing, by planning and implementing national initiatives that support editors across Australia — in particular, an accreditation scheme and the biennial National Editors Conference.

IPEd administers a professional accreditation scheme which offers editors a way of demonstrating their competence in editing, and gaining recognition for their skills.

The accreditation scheme currently has three elements:

  • the accreditation exam
  • renewal of accreditation
  • distinguished editors.

Editors who pass IPEd’s three-hour accreditation exam are certified by the Accreditation Board and can use the postnominal AE (for ‘accredited editor’).

Accreditation lasts for five years, after which accredited editors need to apply for renewal of accreditation.

Distinguished editors are those who accepted nomination as such by IPEd’s Assessors Forum (2008–09) and were entrusted with the role of accreditation assessment in the first two years of the program. Because they are ineligible to apply for accreditation, members of this group were granted the honorary rank of distinguished editor, or DE.

See IPEd’s Guidelines for postnominals for instructions on how to use the postnominals ‘AE’ and ‘DE’.

For more information about the accreditation scheme, visit iped-editors.org/accreditation


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