The Society runs its own distance-learning course, "Training in Indexing", consisting of four assessed modules plus a practical indexing assignment and three online tutorials. New students starting the course in January 2016 will also take an online workshop in Word embedded indexing, when they reach Module D.
Accreditation by the Society of Indexers is a professional and vocational qualification and a high standard is required to pass, to ensure competency in the commercial world. The course was awarded the CILIP Seal of Recognition by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in acknowledgement of its relevance in the information field. (The Seal is now discontinued).
Highly experienced Indexers wishing to achieve accreditation can apply for an abbreviated assessment process which is based on the SI course. Details available here.
The following information is about the current 4th edition of the course.
For information about the previous 3rd edition, please contact the SI Office
The course is aimed at:
For more information about the course see the published article 'Training in indexing: the Society of Indexers' course' [ 22 kB ]; please note, however, that this article describes the previous (3rd) edition of the course.
Members can view the results of the 2013 Training Course Survey of students and newly qualified indexers here
Information about how long it takes to get established as an indexer can be found here.
Click on the 'About' tab to read how our course relates to developments in e-publishing.
One individual's experience of working her way through the course is detailed in the 'Diary of a trainee indexer' in the October 2005 issue of The Indexer.
To read comments on the course by some recent students click here