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 as an employee (in-house) or as a freelance (for companies, public bodies or private individuals).

For Professional Membership, you will need to have worked for at least 500 hours on copy-editing and/or proofreading. Where an applicant has less than 500 hours with a publisher, they will need a test pass to validate the non-publisher experience.

For someone working in-house, as a guide, this equates to around 2–5 years of employment, depending on how much of your job involves our core skills.

See our note on record keeping.

If you have lots of experience, you are welcome to submit an Excel spreadsheet rather than filling in each job/project in the online form.