Internationally, there is a growing emphasis on standards in indexing and the assurance that quality standards have been met. It is for this reason, and to pre-empt the accreditation movement in other South African spheres, that ASAIB has moved ahead to set standards for quality professional indexers in Southern Africa.

Accreditation will be offered to registered members of ASAIB who have evidence that they are active and experienced in the indexing field. This is particularly important in the absence of formal tertiary qualifications in indexing in South Africa and will serve to distinguish between new and experienced indexers.

Accreditation evaluation will take place annually.

Individuals achieving accreditation will be entitled to use an indication of accreditation on their personal correspondence. The mark of accreditation will indicate excellent expertise in indexing.

Publishers will be assured of high quality indexes from accredited ASAIB indexers.

Accordingly, members achieving accreditation will be regarded as advanced professional members of ASAIB.

Accreditation will indicate professionalism in indexing to authors, publishers, editors and information professionals

Requirements for Accreditation

Accreditation will involve the submission of at least three published indexes by an ASAIB member to the ASAIB Executive Committee for evaluation.


American Society for Indexing. 2015. Best practices for indexing.

International Organization for Standardization. 1996. Information and documentation: Guidelines for the content, organization, and presentation of indexes (ISO 999). Geneva: ISO.