Whether you already work in publishing or are keen to learn a specific element of publishing, a variety of providers offer publishing training. Training offerings range from the dedicated Publishers Training Centre through to niche courses offered by providers such as ALPSP and BIC.
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers was formed in 1972 with 24 society members. Today ALPSP has more than 315 member organisations in 39 countries and is the largest international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers.
bookcareers.com is an independent careers consultancy specialising in the book industry; all areas and all formats; including ebooks and digital media. We also cover all the outlets that sell or lend these products and any associated media.
BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.
The Certificate in Journals Publishing is a postgraduate course provided by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) in collaboration with ALPSP.
Imago provides training which has been developed specifically for publishing staff. PA members receive a 10% discount on courses.
The Open University Centre for Professional Learning and Development (CPD) has a range of flexible online courses, especially designed for people who wish to extend or update their skills. The OU CPD courses can give new skills, knowledge and ideas, which can be applied in the workplace. Most take around 30 hours to complete and can be studied at a time and pace to suit each individual without the need to take days off work. The discounted course fee is £445 (usually £495), for PA members.
Publishing Scotland is the network body for the book publishing industry in Scotland, working to promote and protect the interests of its members, both nationally and internationally.
The Publishing Training Centre is the only not-for-profit organisation solely focused on delivering training courses for the publishing industry, in publishing skills and nothing else. The charitable foundation established that the core objective of The Publishing Training Centre was to be the provision of cost-effective and high-quality training for publishers in the UK and overseas.
Formed in November 1988, the SfEP now has about 250 members (mostly in the UK) providing editorial services to publishers and a wide range of companies, government agencies and other bodies. The Society provides training and professional qualifications, and publishers the online Directory of Editorial Services provided by its members.
STM is the leading global trade association for academic and professional publishers. It has over 120 members in 21 countries who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works.