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SfEP online courses

Discounts for IPEd members

All members of IPEd are eligible for a 35 per cent discount for online training courses, in proofreading, copyediting and grammar, offered by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), the UK counterpart of IPEd.

Understanding Academic References and Citations (References) will guide you through the most widely used academic referencing systems with examples, instructions and exercises. It will show you how to ensure bibliographies and citations meet standard practice and include newer types of citation such as URLs and DOIs. It will also cover using ReferenceChecker software to check references against in-text citations. For full details please see References page on the SfEP website.

Introduction to Proofreading (P1) is ideal for those starting out in their career, taking about 10 hours to complete online. Proofreading Progress (P2) serves as both a refresher course and a way to further develop skills in proofreading. In P2, you will be assigned to an experienced personal tutor, who will provide written feedback on two exercises and a final assignment, as well as telephone or email support. (We already have one tutor in Australia who works with SfEP.) Successful completion of either P1 or P2 will qualify you to join the Australian mentoring scheme offered by the Canberra Society of Editors; successful completion of P2 will qualify you to join the SfEP mentoring scheme.

Introduction to Copyediting (CE1) and Copyediting Progress (CE2) were launched in December 2013. CE1 is ideal for anyone starting out in a career in copyediting and will take about 15-20 hours to complete. CE2 is both a refresher course and a way to advance your skills. For CE2 you will also be assigned an experienced personal tutor, who will provide written feedback on the first two exercises and a final assignment, for which you may choose between two exercises, as well as telephone or email support. Successful completion of either CE1 or CE2 will qualify you to join the Australian mentoring scheme offered by the Canberra Society of Editors; successful completion of CE2 will qualify you to join the SfEP mentoring scheme.

Introduction to Fiction Editing An overview of the subject, this course discusses some of the areas unique to fiction such as plot, voice, point of view, dialogue and narrative consistency, as well as how to assess a manuscript; how to work on a text; critiques, synopses and blurbs.

Brush Up Your Grammar is for those who've forgotten or are hazy about the rules of English grammar. It's suitable for anyone working with text and hoping to gain confidence that they are making good decisions in what they write (or change in someone else's text). The online course should take about 20 hours to complete.

Note: As some differences exist between British and Australian standards for copyediting and proofreading marks, a PDF of the Australian mark-up symbols will also be available.

Upcoming courses: Editing with Word; Medical Editing; Introduction to Web Editing Skills; new proofreading and copyediting courses to sit between the current P1 and P2, and CE1 and CE2.

Course information and online booking


More information on the courses and booking details are on the SfEP website.
Under Online courses, Step 1, select 'IPEd member' to show the course fees in sterling.

P1 and CE1 are both 107, or about A$193. In the payment section, apply the code IPEDSCT1403.
P2, CE2 and Grammar are 161, or about A$290. In the payment section, apply the code IPEDSCT1404.
A handling charge of 3, around A$5, will be applied to credit card payments.

To enable verification of your membership, please insert 'IPEd' in the bottom section (where it asks you to specify an organisation requiring you to take this course). Also let your membership secretary know that you have registered for a course.