The following organisations offer indexing training online.
Society of Indexers (UK)
The Society of Indexers has written and administers a training course based on the principle of open learning. Units, tutorial support and formal tests are all available separately, so that you can learn in your own way and at your own pace.
American Society for Indexing
The American Society for Indexing course is adapted under license from the Society of Indexers’ prestigious and well-established distance-learning course. ‘Distance learners will be able to explore indexing and how to index via three self-study units supplied on three interactive CDs.’
University of California Berkeley
University of California Berkeley’s Indexing: Theory and Application (distance learning course). ‘Learn the fundamentals of writing, editing and delivering back-of-book indexes to publishing clients. You also learn the basic formats, guidelines and term-selection approaches of embedded and Web indexing using three major indexing software programs to complete several assignments.’ Course syllabus.
- Globalization and the indexer: reflections from the UC Berkeley Extension course: by Sylvia Coates, Heather Ebbs and Max McMaster, The Indexer, 2011, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 31–33
- Teaching indexing, by Lucie Haskins, in: Enid L Zafran (ed) Index it right! Advice from the experts, volume 3, Tempe, AZ: American Society for Indexing, 2014, pp. 181-192
Hedden Information Management
Hedden Information Management offers web-based training in indexing of web sites and intranets to both experienced and inexperienced indexers. Courses comprise Taxonomy Creation and Web Site indexing.
Sylvia Coates Indexing Services
Indexing books as a career is a free online course (MOOC) which provides an introduction to the process of indexing and working as an indexer, but it is not a substitute for a comprehensive indexing training course.
The American Society for Indexing lists various other indexing courses and workshops.
ANZSI runs training courses from time to time. These may include introductory indexing courses, or workshops on indexing specific materials or topics. For information please contact the ANZSI Education Officer .