The PQB (Publishing Qualifications Board) is responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of self-study courses. PQB courses have, at their core, detailed and carefully moderated performance evaluation and reporting, so that trainees and employers can accurately assess levels of knowledge and skill. Qualifications are awarded at pass, merit or distinction.
These courses are recognised by the publishing community as indicators of professional competence. The courses facilitate entry to a variety of publishing careers, especially within the freelance proofreading and editing community.
The Publishing Qualifications Board was established in 1991 as an NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) awarding body to further the education of persons employed in or wishing to pursue a career in publishing, writing and information industries, and related fields of activity. Although the NVQs in Publishing are no longer offered, the PQB continues to focus on the delivery, through distance learning and online services, of a variety of competence and assessment-based programmes. These are designed to improve knowledge and performance in a range of publishing-related disciplines to the widest possible group of delegates.
The establishment, administration and award of vocational, European, international and other qualifications are the main objectives and activities of this educational charity.