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Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Accreditation and Webinars Explained


Join PEG for our webinar series where you will have the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills as editors and proofreaders in a variety of ways: linguistic, stylistic, business, digital, technical and more. Curious about PEG’s Accreditation and CPD programmes and webinars? Wanting to know more? Why not hear it from the horse’s mouth! During this webinar on 6 February, our aim will be to help you understand why it is important for you to embrace PEG’s CPD and Accreditation programmes, and to explain how they operate.

Focus: We’ll give you the lowdown on the vital need to earn CPD hours per year and to gear yourself up for Accredited Text Editor status. We’ll also explain how the programme works and what your level of commitment to it should be. You’ll come away better informed about the purpose of PEG’s annual national webinar programme and your need to aim for accreditation in what is becoming an increasingly competitive market, one in which status does matter. You’ll also be exposed to a soupçon of PEG’s 2021 accreditation test questions to give you a ‘sneak preview’ of what to expect in the test.

Date: Tuesday, 6 February 2024

Exercises in the form of sample accreditation test questions will be sent upon registration.

Time: 18:00 to 20:30

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: John Linnegar

CPD hours: You’ll earn 2,5 CPD hours by attending this webinar, 0,5 hours by listening to the recording.

About our facilitator

John Linnegar holds the Accreditation portfolio on the PEG Executive, in which role he is currently responsible for both the annual webinar programme and the accreditation test. He began his career as a teacher of English, History and Mathematics. He has been an avid ‘improver of authors’ words’ for more than four decades now, and remains dedicated to making their texts read as clearly as possible (and in the process saving a reputation or two!). Apart from co-authoring three of the PEG guides, John is author of several texts dealing with matters grammatical and stylistic, including Engleish, our Engleish: Common errors in South African English and how to resolve them (Pharos, 2013) and, most recently, with Ken McGillivray, grammar, punctuation and all that jazz . . . (MLA Publishers, 2019) and Academic writing & editing: Towards clear, concise and coherent texts (MLA Publishers in press). Another on academic writing and editing is underway. He currently offers a personalised ‘online’ Grammar for Editors course aimed at those who need to brush up their English grammar. Since 2000 he has been training copy editors and proofreaders for South Africa’s book publishing industry and championing the professionalisation of our craft and its practitioners by means of accessible online short courses. To this end, he co-authored Text Editing: A handbook for students and practitioners (UPA, Brussels, 2012).

About the webinar

John will walk you through the rationale behind PEG’s accreditation programme, the CPD programme in the form of a series of regular webinars on a variety of topics of value and interest to copy editors and proofreaders and the operation of both. At PEG’s 2021 AGM, the members approved the newly introduced accreditation programme that requires members to attend a minimum number of hours of training per annum in order to maintain their status and level of expertise, knowledge and skills. One of its aims is to help members prepare for PEG’s annual Accreditation test, which will be offered for the third time in September this year. In addition, registrants will be emailed brief excerpts from previous accreditation tests to complete in preparation for the webinar. Tips and hints will be offered on how to respond appropriately to these kinds of question. There will also be plenty of time for you to pose your questions about PEG’s accreditation and the CPD programme, so please do come armed with them!


Affiliation Registration fee
(by 4 February latest)
PEG members R100
LAMP members* R250
Non-affiliated members R350

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).

Please register by completing and emailing the registration form to Sharon Rose.

Deadline for registrations: 12:00 on 5 February.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by no later than 12 noon on 5 February. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the eve of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2023 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

6 February, 2024 @ 18:00 - 20:30 Africa/Johannesburg at Online (Zoom) by PEG | Accreditation First Quarter Webinar Zoom

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