The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), is a non-profit body promoting excellence in English language editing. We set and demonstrate editorial standards, and we are a community, training hub and support network for editorial professionals – the people who work to make text accurate, clear and fit for purpose.

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The Directory of Editorial Services provides contact information for more than 700 CIEP members, plus details of the skills, subjects and services they offer. Find an editor or proofreader now.

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Training in editing and proofreading

Our workshops and online training courses will give you the skills you need to become a better editor or proofreader.

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Our three-level proofreading course will get your career off to a solid start, teaching you the core knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully work as a proofreader in the publishing industry and beyond. Take the levels individually, or work your way through all three – 15 upgrade points awarded on successful completion of all three courses.

P1: Introduction | P2: Headway | P3: Progress

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The CIEP is a membership organisation for editors and proofreaders. Find out more about our structure, the benefits of membership and how you can join us.

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Find out about the activities and resources that help make the CIEP what it is – a welcoming, supportive network of editorial professionals.

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Welcome to the CIEP


As editors and proofreaders, there is so much that we can each do to make space for and amplify voices that have historically been and continue to be marginalised and silenced.

As we draw to the end of a week of action centred on the US but exposing structural racism that is no less evident here in the UK and which resonates worldwide, the CIEP Council:

  • commits to continuing action to ensure that CIEP spaces are inclusive of and safe for our BAME members and members of colour
  • commits to exploring and dismantling the barriers to participating in our profession that face BAME editors and proofreaders
  • commits to advocating for and modelling inclusive language, and delivering content that supports our members in doing the same
  • commits to seeking out and amplifying BAME voices and the voices of editors/proofreaders of colour worldwide
  • commits to supporting BAME members and members of colour in conceiving of and implementing ideas that can drive change within the CIEP.

Sabine Citron, chair
Sue Browning, vice chair and membership director
Hugh Jackson, vice chair and professional standards director
Jane Moody, vice chair and training director
Denise Cowle, marketing director
Beth Hamer, conference director
Margaret Hunter, information director
Richard Hutchinson, digital services director
Lucy Metzger, external relations director
Vanessa Plaister, community director
Martin Walker, organisational director

Editorial training


Grammar words

Our new online course has just launched. This course is for anyone who works with words!

  • Do you need a refresher of the basics of English grammar?
  • Do you feel that you never learnt enough grammar?
  • Did you learn grammar but have lost confidence in using it?
  • Taking this course will help you to understand the principles and the process.

The course explains how to use basic grammar and punctuation accurately. It will help you to communicate your message clearly, with the least chance that your readers will misunderstand or misinterpret your meaning.

There are 7 units and 21 exercises to help you to hone your skills. There are also quizzes to test your knowledge.

This self-assessed course costs £170 (£283 for non-members) and takes 25–30 hours to complete.

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Les Dawe

22 August2020

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