You need to be a member of SI in order to enrol on the training course, and continuous membership is required for the duration of the course. Once you enrol on the course you will become a Student Member of the Society of Indexers for the duration of your training. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Accreditation and Professional Membership of the Society of Indexers (MSocInd).
Members of ANZSI, ASAIB ISC/SCI and SfEP may also take the course and receive a certificate on successful completion, but do not receive these qualifications.
Successful candidates are awarded Accredited Indexer status, and become Professional Members of the Society on achieving this. This can help in obtaining commercial work. The cost of the course may well be recouped from your first few commissions.
Accredited members are permitted to use either the SI Professional Member or the SI Accredited Member logo on their personal website and business stationery, as long as they remain members of the Society.
The Betty Moys Prize is awarded to the best newly accredited indexer in each calendar year.
If Accredited Indexers leave the Society, their qualification and Professional Membership lapses. If they rejoin the Society within three years, these are automatically reinstated. Only one such break in membership is allowed. If there are exceptional circumstances, the member may apply to put their case to the Professional Development Board (PDB). If the application is successful the member is likely to be asked to take part in a relevant SI workshop before their qualification is reinstated.
Accreditation: experience route
It is 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. Further information is available here.
Please note that anyone who has previously failed the Society of Indexers Training in Indexing course is not eligible to apply.