IPEd National Editors Conference

The 10th IPEd National Editors Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania from Monday 28Wednesday 30 June 2021.

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Renewal of accreditation is a process that assures clients and employers that accredited editors have maintained the requisite level of skills and knowledge as outlined in the Australian standards for editing practice.

If you passed the accreditation exam in 2009 or in 2014, applications for renewal will open Wednesday 15 May 2019 and close Thursday 15 August 2019. More information will be available closer to the time.

How do I apply for renewal of accreditation?

To apply for renewal of accreditation, you must complete and submit an application form.

You will need to demonstrate that over the five years since your last accreditation renewal you have:

  • been actively employed or involved in the editing profession, and
  • undertaken a range of relevant professional development activities.

What is the renewal fee?

A renewal of accreditation fee must be paid when you submit your application. The fee is $200 for current financial members of IPEd and $250 for non-members.

How do I fill in and submit my application?

The renewal of accreditation form is a PDF form that you can complete on screen and submit by email. All those expected to renew this year will be sent the renewal form via email.

Which sections of the form will I need to complete?

Most applicants should complete BOTH Section A and Section B as follows:

  • Section A (answer at least those questions marked with an asterisk)
  • Section B (complete a minimum of THREE questions).

If you feel that your involvement in the profession, and your ongoing professional development, are not adequately addressed in sections A and B, you may use Section C to make an alternative case for renewal of accreditation.

Section A. Continuing employment / involvement in the editing profession

Accurately describe your relevant employment and/or your involvement in the editing profession over the past five years. Remember to complete ALL questions marked with an asterisk (*) and any others that apply to you.

Section B. Professional development

Demonstrate that you have undertaken a range of professional development activities over the past five years by providing examples of activity in at least three (3) of the following seven areas:

  1. university or TAFE courses relevant to editing
  2. IPEd branch or society training workshops, courses or education sessions
  3. other professional society training
  4. mentoring of other editors
  5. conferences relevant to editing
  6. contribution to relevant professional organisations
  7. additional PD activities; for example, relevant professional reading, subscriptions to professional journals or participation in professional networks.

Section C. Alternative case for renewal of accreditation (optional)

Complete this section only if your editing activities during the past five years do not fit into the areas specified in Sections A and B. Section C offers you the opportunity to provide additional information to support your application for renewal of accreditation.

When is my application and payment due?

The Accreditation Board will contact you to let you know when applications open and close.

Do I need to provide evidence?

You do not need to submit evidence with your application. However, you must retain all relevant documents to support your claims. IPEd and the Accreditation Board reserve the right to check into claims made by applicants and may contact you for further information if necessary. In submitting your application you are declaring that the statements in it are true.

The type of records that may be accepted as evidence include statements from employers/clients, appropriate email records, receipts, invoices, testimonials, academic records/transcripts, conference papers you have prepared, lists of delegates, meeting minutes, printouts showing participation in online forums.

How will my application be assessed?

Your information will be assessed by an approved assessor who will be either a distinguished editor (DE) or an accredited editor (AE) not applying for renewal this year. The assessor may contact you for further information if necessary.

When will I be notified of the decision?

Providing you complete all of the required details on the application form and are available if the assessor has any questions, you should be notified of the decision within eight weeks of the closing date of applications. If it is necessary to contact you for clarification, the outcome of your application may be delayed.

What if I don’t agree with the decision?

You may appeal in writing to the chair of the Accreditation Board at admin@iped-editors.org outlining your reasons. You must do this within TWO weeks of being notified of the Board’s decision.

Your application will be reviewed by a different assessor and a member of the Accreditation Board who is not applying for renewal of accreditation at that time. Their decision will be final, and you will be notified within three weeks of the Board receiving notice of your appeal.

Can I reapply if I don’t succeed this time?

Yes. If you are unsuccessful, you may reapply the next time renewal of accreditation is available. You will need to pay the fee that applies for that year.

Can I continue to call myself an AE if my application is not approved?

No. The postnominal AE can only be used if your accreditation is current. If your accreditation lapses, either because you do not apply for renewal of accreditation or because you fail to demonstrate that you have met the requirements for renewal, you must cease to use the designation AE.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If these guidelines don’t answer all of your questions, please email your enquiry to admin@iped-editors.org .

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