What does AFEPI offer its members?
As a Full Member of AFEPI, we offer you a directory entry on our website, which is visited regularly by publishers and independent clients. Associate Members have a listing page.

We also have an email discussion group, which enables all our members to stay in touch throughout the year. All AFEPI members also receive the Publishing Ireland e-newsletter, thanks to our associate membership of Publishing Ireland. In liaison with Publishing Ireland and other professional bodies, we try to source training courses of interest to our members. Two or three times a year we organise social events.

The day-to-day business of AFEPI is run by a voluntary committee elected by the members at the AGM. The AGM is held in Dublin, usually in February or March each year.

All members must adhere to our Code of Practice (PDF) (clicking the link will automatically download it to your computer).

How much does membership cost?
The annual subscription is €60 for Full Members and €45 for Associate Members.

How to apply to join AFEPI
You must be:

  • living and working in Ireland or Northern Ireland;
  • self-employed/freelance (part-time or full time) as an editor, proofreader and/or indexer.

Download the Notes on applying for membership (2019) (PDF) and the Application Form (2019) (MS Word) (clicking the links will automatically download them to your computer). READ THE NOTES CAREFULLY, fill in the application form and return it by email, along with any other relevant attachments, to either Averill Buchanan or Bernadette Kearns. Please make sure you are submitting the latest Application form and Notes (dated 2019).

Full membership applies to professionally trained, experienced proofreaders, editors and indexers. We will ask for proof of training qualifications and experience, and for references.

Associate membership is suitable for those new to freelance editing, proofreading or indexing, or those who have completed a short internship of less than one year’s employment experience with a publisher, or those who have some experience but no formal professional training. Associate members can apply for full membership after a further one or two years if they have gained further training or feel they have gained sufficient experience in the meantime.

Applications are assessed by a Membership Committee made up of five experienced members of the association. You should expect to hear back from us within four weeks.

If, after due deliberation, the Membership Committee considers that an application does not meet the criteria required, we will notify the applicant and advise on requirements for a renewed application.

Payment is only requested if your application is approved.