We want to see that you have experience of putting your training into practice and that you have enough experience to provide a competent service to your clients.

This experience might have been gained from working in-house (employed) or as a freelance (self-employed, for companies, public bodies or private individuals).

For upgrading to Intermediate Membership, we do not distinguish between the types of client you work for. Your clients may be publishers or non-publishers*.

You need to have worked for at least 100 hours on proofreading and/or copy-editing (the core skills). See the editorial syllabus for full details of what we mean by core skills.

Note that, if you continue to work solely for non-publishers, you will need to pass the basic editorial test before you can upgrade further to Professional Membership.

See our note on record keeping.

What we need to know

Freelance clients

We need to know details of work carried out as a freelance for different clients. Please tell us:

  • The name of the client
  • The projects completed for them (itemised)
  • The type of work done
    Note that, for Intermediate Membership, we are almost exclusively interested in proofreading and copy-editing. You can include some project management, development editing or commissioning work (estimate what proportion of your time was spent on this other work) but we do need to see at least 100 hours of work in proofreading and copy-editing.
  • An estimate of how long was spent on each project
    Many people work for set fees rather than an hourly rate but keeping track of how long each job is taking is an important part of a professional approach to time management, efficiency and budgeting, so we want to see that you are monitoring this aspect of work.

In-house work

If you work or have worked as an employee (in-house), we need to know what sort of work you carried out and how much of it. Please tell us:

  • The name of the company
    If it is not a well-known company, it would be helpful if you could supply more information, such as the type of publication it produces and where the office is located.
  • How long you worked there
  • Whether you worked full time
    If it was part-time work, how many hours a week?
  • What sort of work you did
    Was it all proofreading and/or copy-editing or did you do other things, such as project management, picture research or applying for permissions?
  • How much of your working time (as a percentage or fraction) was spent on proofreading and/or copy-editing