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About the PEG membership

Anyone with an interest in the fields of language, the written word or communications is welcome to join PEG – even if you are not currently practising as a copy-editor, translator, proofreader or in any profession.

To join, fill out PEG’s online membership form. You can read about the benefits of membership and an explanation of member categories below. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions about becoming and being a member.



  • Regular email communications informing members of future events and activities as well as job opportunities.
  • Participation in an electronic discussion group, which is a useful resource for requesting advice, discussing problems and sharing information invaluable to copy-editors, proofreaders and related practitioners.
  • A monthly P-zine that disseminates brief snippets of information to all our members.
  • A regular e-publication, PEGboard, covers news, trends and events relating to editing and publishing in South Africa and elsewhere and carries reports of PEG events and activities.
  • An entry in the web-based Directory of Members’ Services, which members can update as necessary (it requires an additional subscription fee). It is available to any prospective clients or employers. This is not available to Student Members.
  • Regular branch meetings and nationally convened workshops.
    Many networking opportunities.
  • Confirmation of your professional status to potential clients as someone who is in touch with others in the profession and with trends and is serious about their profession.
  • The opportunity to become an accredited proofreader (or a copy-editor, in the near future).
  • Full subscription to Oxford University Press.


The Professional Editors’ Guild currently has four membership categories: Student Member, Associate Member, Full Member and Accredited Text Editor (ATE).

Members in all membership categories are entitled to all the benefits of PEG membership, including preferential prices, and they receive regular PEG communications about workshops, events and work opportunities through PEG’s egroup. Individuals wishing to become members of the Guild must complete and submit an application form and pay the requisite fees. Members agree to be bound by the Guild’s Code of Conduct.

Student Member:
Students registered at a tertiary institution can join PEG as Student Members. Student Members are not permitted to have a directory entry on PEG’s website.

Associate Member:
This entry-level membership category is the home of first-time members and members who have limited experience. Upon the completion of the online application form on the PEG website ( and the receipt of the membership fee, applicants are automatically registered as Associate Members.

Full Member:
This is the next category level after Associate Member. Members in this category have a competitive edge when marketing themselves and their services.
To qualify for this membership category, candidates have to have been a PEG member for a minimum of six months and must comply with at least four of the following requirements in addition to supplying a recently updated CV:

      1. Proof of having successfully completed an appropriate academic course (six months or longer) that contains editing and/or proofreading and/or revision as a substantial component.
      2. Proof of having successfully completed an appropriate editing and/or proofreading and/or revision short course.
      3. Proof of having attended at least six (6) PEG editing or language-related workshops, within a two-year period.
      4. Proof of extensive experience (four years or more) as an editor and/or proofreader and/or reviser.
      5. Proof of having successfully completed a PEG mentorship.
      6. References from at least three corporate clients (i.e. publishers and/or institutions) that attest to relevant work experience, satisfactory quality of output and an ability to meet deadlines.

Accredited membership
This category is open to any member who has demonstrated experience and a level of competence as an editor, proofreader or reviser in accordance with such procedures as instituted by the Guild, including having successfully sat an accreditation examination for editors, proofreaders or revisers. Accredited members may take an entry in the PEG Directory of Members’ Services after paying the applicable fee and they may apply for jobs advertised through PEG.
The PEG Accreditation Scheme requires all members to attend a minimum of 20 hours’ worth of continuing professional development (CPD) during a membership year, from 1 March to the end of February of the following year. From the 2021 AGM, this requirement will be obligatory for Accredited Text Editors and recommended for all other members. From the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 membership years, participation in the Accreditation Scheme will become obligatory for Full Members and Associate Members respectively.

These 20 hours must comprise:

    • a minimum of 14 hours of participation in formal CPD, of which at least 10 hours must be part of PEG's CPD while the other four hours (minimum) may be gained from formal professional development at other recognised institutions;
    • a further six hours, which may be allocated to formal or discretionary editing-related CPD activities, such as reading, research, the writing of relevant articles and voluntary services offered to PEG.

Taken together, the minima of 10 + 4 + 6 hours for these activities will total at least 20 hours of CPD activities per membership year.

Applications for Full Membership can be sent to PEG’s administrator, Ellyn Barry () or our vice chair, Alison Downie ().

Please note: The process of assessing eligibility for Full Membership takes several months as all the work is done by volunteers. To make the process more transparent, applications for Full Membership are assessed by a subcommittee. The subcommittee’s recommendations are presented for approval to the executive committee, which meets three times a year.

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Directory entry (optional for members) R145.00

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Membership application

I hereby apply to become an Associate/a Full Member of the Professional Editors’ Guild. I agree to abide by the Guild’s constitution and code of conduct.

* This membership is applicable for the period up to and including
28 February 2022

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Account name: Professional Editors’ Guild
Account no: 9045286642
Branch code: 632005

When making a direct deposit or an electronic transfer, your name should appear as the reference.

On completion of the online application form and registration of membership, please email proof of payment to the PEG administrator at in order for your membership to be activated

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