Membership structure

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First, you must decide whether to join as an individual or as a Corporate Subscriber. To aid this decision you might want to compare the benefits under each of these routes.

For individuals

You can join as a Friend, or as a member. A special subscription rate and benefit package applies to Friends

Anyone can join the SfEP as an Entry-Level Member. If you have the right qualifications and experience, you can apply to enter at a higher level – as an Intermediate, Professional or Advanced Professional Member – and once you have gained them you can upgrade to those levels.

Please note: If you apply to join as an Intermediate, Professional or Advanced Professional Member, you must submit the evidence to support your application within one month of joining. After one month, we will enrol you as an Entry-Level Member; but of course you can upgrade at any time.

If you don't have a standard proofreading/copy-editing background or training, you may believe that you would not be eligible to become a member or upgrade to Professional Membership. However, it is increasingly true that those editing, proofreading and performing other editorial tasks gain their skills in many different ways and work for a wide range of clients. The SfEP recognises this in assessing applications. If you have any doubts as to your eligibility for one of the higher grades of membership, please contact the professional development director to discuss them.

Compare membership grades

How much does it cost to join?

For Corporate Subscribers

Publishing companies and other businesses and organisations that share our aim of upholding editorial excellence can become Corporate Subscribers. Special benefits suitable to organisations are offered.

We also offer discounts on subscriptions to any Corporate Subscriber's editorial workers who want to join us as individuals.

Corporate Subscriber benefits

Corporate Subscriber subscriptions

Ready to join?

To join the SfEP, simply fill in one of our online application forms.

Online application form – individual members Or join as a Corporate Subscriber

Paying with a credit card attracts a £3 handling charge. There's no handling charge when paying with a debit card. Subscriptions are not refundable.

Retiring members

Someone who has been a Professional or Advanced Professional Member, has deliberately scaled down their professional proofreading and copy-editing activity and no longer wishes to use SfEP resources to gain work or take SfEP courses may become a Retired Member at the annual renewal (1 March each year).