Entry requirements to the mentoring scheme

The mentoring scheme is not easy; it will push you to the limits of your current proofreading or copyediting knowledge, and (we hope) beyond. It will make you think; it will make you research editorial problems that might never have occurred to you; it will start to demonstrate what it is to work on a difficult task to a deadline. It will undoubtedly take up quite a bit of your time, and of course it will take up your mentor’s time when they get to see your returned assignments.

All of this means that it is in nobody’s interest for someone to start the mentoring scheme and then find themselves out of their depth. That would mean time, money and self-confidence down the drain. So the entry requirements to mentoring are fairly rigid, although in exceptional circumstances (which you would have to explain persuasively and in some detail), the mentoring director can allow someone to join the scheme even without some of the requirements listed below.

Ideally, you should be able to supply evidence that you have been assessed as ready to undertake mentoring, and normally you should have taken at least two relevant courses, unless you can show one of these three exceptions:

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1 PTC Basic Proofreading (BP), distinction
2 SfEP P3, assessed ‘very good’
3 SfEP CE3, assessed ‘very good’

If your training does not include one of these assessments, then you will need to show evidence of having taken two courses, at least one of which should be assessed:

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4 PTC BP pass/merit + one other SfEP course
5 SfEP P3, pass (or old P2 Proofreading Progress) + one other SfEP or EditTrain course
6 SfEP CE3, pass (or old CE2 Copy-editing Progress) + one other SfEP or EditTrain course
7 SfEP P2 pass + one of SfEP Editing with Word, SfEP References or SfEP Brush up your grammar
8 SfEP CE2 pass + one of SfEP Editing with Word, SfEP References or SfEP Brush up your grammar

If you have training that falls into one of the above categories, insert the relevant code number into the box on the application form. Otherwise use one of the following codes:

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98 I have other training that I think meets the entry requirements. I have listed it in the free text box (Box 2 on the form).
99 Although I do not have training to meet the entry requirements, I do have a lot of experience that I think qualifies me instead. I have summarised it in the free text box (Box 3 on the form).

Specialist mentoring

 Legal mentoring is carried out over four assignments, two in proofreading and two in copyediting. Mentees are expected to have passed CE3 Copyediting Progress, although candidates who have passed P3 Proofreading Progress and have completed the SfEP References course, or who can demonstrate familiarity with referencing systems, will be considered. All assignments are taken from academic textbooks on law, and mentees should be comfortable dealing with the following elements of such texts:

  • All aspects of academic texts, including footnotes, bibliographies and referencing systems
  • Legal terminology, although no formal legal training is required. Familiarity with how the UK legal system operates would be an advantage.
  • Legal referencing systems, such as OSCOLA. 

Candidates are advised to take further training or carry out self-study on any of the above areas with which they are not familiar before applying for the specialist legal mentoring scheme.