I’ve been thinking a lot about professional development lately, and I’ve been considering taking the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) exam. I’ve done a fair amount of research on all the programs out there and thought, “Wouldn’t it be helpful to have something that compares some of the options?” So I went ahead and created this infographic to do just that!
Keep in mind that I decided to focus on five options: There are many other programs available, including the University of Chicago Graham School’s Editing Certificate program and the University of Washington’s Certificate in Editing program.
I think it’s also important to distinguish between certification and a certificate. Certification indicates proficiency; a certificate indicates training but not necessarily expertise or proficiency.
As always, I’d love to hear from other editors. Feel free to comment below!
[Note: Infographic was updated based on some of the comments I received. Thanks all!]
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