Accreditation exam workshop series


Presenter: Cathy Nicoll AE, Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE, Dr Malini Devedas AE.

February, March and April
Venue to be advised
Cost: To be advised

About the course

The IPEd exam will be on Saturday 19 May 2018. It’s time to start preparing if there is even a slight chance you will sit.

It’s a tough exam, so we have packaged three full-day workshops for you (presenters in brackets). The dates are approximate as we’ve had to wait for people to return from Christmas to get bookings organised.

  • Copyediting for accreditation on 28 February (Cathy Nicoll AE)
  • Grammar in a nutshell on 17 March (Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE)
  • Exam preparation in mid-April (Dr Malini Devadas AE).

All three workshops have been run before, but never as a series.

We will have more details in the coming weeks.


Cathy Nicoll AE  will take you through the basics of copyediting, including the levels of editing, an introduction to the art of completing a style sheet, and how to track changes, suggest changes and provide useful comments to authors. There’s bound to be some solid discussion of many aspects of editing that crop up as questions from editors and prospective editors.

A quick overview of grammar will be included to help you decide whether you need the next workshop in the series …


This is Elizabeth Manning Murphy’s famous Grammar in a Nutshell, with a focus on exam preparation in the afternoon. This full day will take you through many of the problem areas of English grammar that you may not have learnt at school or may have forgotten: parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraphs, whole documents and an introduction to plain English and explaining edits to your clients.

Once you have your grammar mastered, it’s time to think about your preparation for the exam itself …

The exam preparation workshop

Dr Malini Devadas AE wil take you through your final steps towards exam readiness. She will cover the IPEd exam strategy, what to expect on the day, assessors’ insights, and an overview of some helpful study resources. She will not cover editing techniques or grammar since they will have been covered in the first two workshops in this series.


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