The Society of Indexers’ Training in Indexing course leads to Accredited Indexer status. Accredited members of SI are awarded the grade of Professional Member; after two further years, and with an appropriate level of experience, Professional Members can progress to Advanced Professional Member status.
It is also possible for highly experienced indexers to obtain Accredited Indexer status without the time and expense of undertaking the full training course. Applicants need to join the Society of Indexers, provide evidence of indexing experience over at least 10 years, study the SI training modules and take a test. Successful applicants will be awarded Accredited Indexer status as long as they remain members of SI, and will be able to progress to Advanced Professional Member status in the normal way.
Please note that anyone who has previously failed the Society of Indexers Training in Indexing course is not eligible to apply.
The fee of £395 covers the pdf of the SI Training in Indexing course modules and the test. No payment is required until your application with evidence of experience has been received and approved.
*A client is defined as ‘separate organisation invoiced’ for the purposes of this submission.
** It is recognised that valid indexing experience may take many different forms. If your main experience is in journal (serial) indexing, different criteria apply: please apply to the SI office for detail. If your experience is not primarily in conventional book or journal indexing but you feel you are eligible to apply, you are encouraged to contact the Society of Indexers with details, which will be considered by the Accreditation: Experience Route panel.
1. Join SI if not already a member
2. Complete application form on website and submit
3. Receive ‘evidence of experience’ form from office
4. Submit evidence of experience (see below)
5. On approval by SI Office, and when ready, buy the Modules pdf and the test (see below) using Paypal facility or by bank transfer
6. Submit the test (3 month time limit for submission)
7. Accreditation awarded on successful test result
8. One resit of test allowed
Complete the Application Form here
Once your application form and evidence details have been received and approved you will be sent instructions for purchasing the pdf of the Training Course modules and the test paper.
The purpose of the test is to ensure that indexers gaining Accreditation by this route are working to current SI Accreditation standards.
The test consists of two parts. Part 1 comprises a series of questions testing different indexing skills, and Part 2 is an index to the course modules. There are 70 marks for Part 1 and 80 marks for Part 2. Both parts must be passed independently. The overall passmark is 70%.
The test will be sent out by the SI office as an email attachment and answers should be returned to the office as an email attachment. The time limit for completion of the test is three months.
Applicants who do not reach pass standard on the test may resit it once only. If they fail only one part they only need to resit that part. For Part 2 a different test will be sent with a new text to index. The time limit for completion will be three months.
Before resitting, applicants may consider taking part (for an additional fee) in one of the group online tutorials which form part of the training course, or undertaking a one-to-one tutorial.