Why join?

All of our members – from beginners to the most experienced – receive a variety of benefits, from advice on finding work to discounts on reference materials and professional services.

Many of our benefits can be accessed as soon as you join. See our member benefits at a glance.

Professional recognition

  • Progress through our membership grades as you build your skills and experience:
    • Entry-Level Member (ELM)
    • Intermediate Member (IM)
    • Professional Member (PM)
    • Advanced Professional Member (APM).
  • Use our free-to-members business guide to record your continuing professional development.
  • Display your grade-level CIEP logo on your website and business documents.

Training and CPD

  • Member rate for all courses, events and conference.
  • Subject-specific knowhow forums (eg legal, medical and fiction editing).
  • Professional development days on various specialisms or aspects of editing.
  • Mentoring schemes in proofreading and copyediting (and some specialist subjects).
  • Extra training discounts for new members and successful upgraders.

I am just overwhelmed by the amount of support on these forums and at events/meet ups. No matter the question or problem or bout of impostor syndrome that has hit me, I've always had thoughtful, considerate and excellent advice from so many of you and I can't even begin to say how much that has helped me at a very scary time in my career.

Jess Lawrence

Networking and knowhow

  • Access to our lively and supportive online forums, where members share knowhow, discuss editing issues and offer general support.
  • Attendance at local group meetings or the Cloud Clubs, where members discuss topics, share advice, or just meet to be social.
  • Annual two-day conference packed with CPD and networking opportunities, as well as lots of fun.

Help getting work

  • Advertising entry in our Directory of Editorial Services (PMs and APMs).
  • Advertising entry in our internal IM Available list (IMs).
  • Member-only marketplace forum for passing on jobs.
  • Suggested fees.

Publications, information and resources

  • Free member-only resources and information, published regularly.
  • Member rate for CIEP guides and publications.
  • Heavily discounted laminated card of the BSI marks for proofreading and editing.
  • Free fact sheets, FAQs and recommended reference works.
  • Access to a free legal helpline, for work or personal issues (PMs and APMs).


Various discounts from partner providers that we think will be useful for members, including:

  • books and reference works
  • software and equipment
  • professional indemnity insurance
  • subscriptions to other societies, events and magazines
  • editorial skills and software training
  • professional services such as accountancy
  • lovely pens!

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