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What we do

The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) is a network of publishing and training professionals who deliver training courses for the publishing industry and in developing publishing skills.

As an independent charitable foundation, the PTC was established to provide cost-effective and high-quality training for publishers in the UK and overseas. Each year, we train over 2,000 delegates to the highest standards across all our training offerings. Students come from all over the world, including Africa, Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. 

PTC courses provide specific learning outcomes that are designed to make an immediate, positive difference in the workplace, whether working in-house or freelance. All PTC tutors are practitioners, which means that they bring their real-world experience to the courses they teach, enriching the experience for students and making the courses more practical and interactive. You can see profiles of the PTC’s current tutors and authors here.


The PTC began life as the training division of the Publishers Association and became independent in the 1970s under the auspices of The Unwin Trust. It originally traded as Book House Training Centre until it transformed into The Publishing Training Centre Foundation in the 1990s. In 2016, the PTC registered with The Living Wage Foundation to be recognised as a Living Wage employer.

In 2020, during the covid-19 pandemic, the PTC adapted its open and in-company training courses for virtual classroom delivery. We are still running most of these courses online, and offering in-company clients a choice of face-to-face or virtual training.

Who we are

The charity operates with a small staff team, who work remotely and manage all operations. Their work is overseen by a dedicated Board of Trustees, who have a broad range of experience and expertise in the publishing and training industries. The lifeblood of the PTC is its tutors and authors, who create, devise, write, update and deliver our courses, mark assignments and offer specialist and careers guidance to students.

You can follow the PTC on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, and sign up to receive regular news and information about our courses here. For more information, contact us on or telephone +44 (0)20 8874 2718. 

The Publishing Training Centre Foundation - Registered Charity Number: 1083081