2011 accreditations due for renewal this year

If you gained accreditation in 2011 you will need to renew it later this year to retain your status as an accredited editor (AE).

We’ll be in contact with you about this in the next couple of months. In the meantime, take a look at the requirements for renewal on the IPEd website.

If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA

Accreditation exam update

Preparations are in full swing for the next accreditation exam which will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016. Registrations will open in early March.

The structure of the exam, the allocation of marks, and the required pass mark have not changed. What will be different is that instead of being on paper, the exam will be presented as a set of Microsoft Word documents. To complete the exam, you will be required to edit passages of text onscreen, type in short passages of text, and select from multiple choice options or drop-down lists. But the exam will NOT be a test of expertise in Word and knowledge of advanced Word features is not required.

We will be holding an exam preparation workshop and will let you know more in the next few weeks. The workshop will cover the aims of the exam, how to prepare, what to study, how to manage time in the exam, and possibly a chance to review some basic editing practice. We strongly encourage anyone thinking of doing the exam to attend the workshop.

An online tutorial is being developed – this will demonstrate the onscreen format and provide tips for navigating around the documents. Also, at least one of the existing sample exams will be converted to the onscreen format around the time as registrations open. Make sure you read the guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website also.

If you’re a Mac user, we’re planning to make a number of Macs available. However, we may not be in a position to offer the same level of technical support as for PCs.

Fees have been set at:
• Society member sitting the exam for the first time (fee $610; early bird $580)
• Society member resitting the exam (fee $300; early bird $285)
• Non-society member sitting the exam for the first time (fee $765; early bird $730)
• Non-society member resitting the exam (fee $380; early bird $360).

The accreditation scheme is run on a cost-recovery basis. The Accreditation Board endeavours to keep the fees as low as possible, and has managed to avoid any increases since 2012. However, the onscreen exam has incurred some extra costs, particularly in the hire of venues. Although there are off-setting savings in many areas, it has not been possible to avoid a very small increase in the 2016 fees.

Thanks to Ted Briggs (Chair, Accreditation Board) for most of the work on this article.
If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA

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