The Society of Indexers distance learning course provides a grounding in the basic principles of indexing needed to produce useful, well structured indexes. The current edition of the course, launched in 2010, is continually revised to relate content to the impact of new e-publishing technologies on indexing, and to give new indexers an understanding of the digital publishing environment they are entering.
Whatever the format, analytical indexing skills are essential to identify concepts and to create entries which direct users effectively and efficiently to the most useful and appropriate content in a text. For more information on what it takes to be an indexer, read about a career in indexing and to see if you might have an aptitude for it, try the pre-enrolment exercises or take the Indexing basics online workshop.
To take this course you need to be highly proficient in the use of the English language, even if you intend to index in another language.