Certificate in Professional Editing & Proofreading
Turn your attention to detail into a career
If you have a passion for words and an eye for detail, proofreading could be the perfect profession for you.
Our Professional Editing & Proofreading course will introduce you to proofreading marks and show you effective procedures for ensuring that documents are accurate, error-free and adhere to style guidelines. You'll also learn valuable techniques for copy editing, as well as ways to develop effective working relationships with authors.As a freelance proofreader or editor, through completion of the Professional Editing and Proofreading course you'll find opportunities for work across a broad range of industries, including publishing houses, government departments and businesses of all sizes.
This specialised course first provides an introduction to the business of editing and proofreading, followed by training in core skill areas. Guided by a current industry practitioner, you will learn techniques for effective proofreading and structural and copy editing. Subjects such as copyright, computer editing and author relationships are addressed, and a complimentary style manual is included to help you with your work.
The course also includes a component on establishing a freelance business, covering the financial and promotional aspects of self-employment.
What you learn Get the course guide
- Proofreading marks, editing notes and colloquial speech
- Editing on computers and electronic publishing
- Copy editing, and how to preserve continuity
- Building and managing relationships with authors, including different styles and copyright issues
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- Qualification Level:
- Open Colleges Certificate
- How You'll learn:
- How Long:
- Max 24 months
Introduction to editing and proofreading:
- Introduction to your course
- Grammar: part 1
- Making a living as a freelancer
- Mistakes people make
- How the course is structured
- The industry of editing and proofreading
- Introducing proofreading marks
- Creating the perfect environment
- Proofreading marks: part 1
- The successful career of a freelance proofreader
- Welcome to the wonderful world of proof correction marks
- Computers and editing
- Test your knowledge
- Structural editing of novels
- Structural editing of non-fiction
- Editing versus proofreading: an update
- The spelling debate
- Language is going global
- The importance of consistency and continuity
- Looking out for continuity
- The importance of reading
- How to get started in the freelance editing and proofreading industry
- What is copy editing?
- Becoming a copy editor
- Freelance and editing rates
- Publishers' requirements
- Standards of punctuation
- The copy editor's task
- Proofreading tips
The editor and the author:
- Establishing a good relationship with an author
- Who has the final say?
- The editor and political correctness
Editing notes and colloquial speech:
- Presentation of editing notes
- How to mark editing notes on a document or manuscript
- Understanding colloquial language
- What is colloquial language?
- Colloquial language is essential to many documents
General knowledge and playing with words:
- What is general knowledge?
- Case study
- How do you fact check a document?
- Grammar part 8: compound verbs and adverbs
Computer editing and electronic publishing:
- Editing using a computer
- Making editing corrections on-screen
- Electronic publishing and e-books
- Test your general knowledge
- Grammar part 9: what is a split infinitive?
Copyright and author's style:
- Protecting your work
- The pitfalls of copyright and defamation
- The difference between defamation, libel and slander
- When is a document out of copyright?
- Are titles of songs covered by copyright?
- How does an editor protect himself or herself from breach of copyright?
- Australian standards for editing practice
Proofreading and design:
- Welcome to the efficient world of computers!
- Illustrations, photographs and graphics
Getting down to business:
- Tutorial review
- Reference guide
- Parts of speech
- Setting yourself up as a freelancer
- Starting out
- Getting paid
- Promoting yourself
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course. However, basic skills in reading and writing English are required.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for PC are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent,
- Microsoft Windows XP and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
|IELTS||Overall score of 5.5|
|TOEFL||530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)|
|12 months in English-speaking employment||Testimonial, statutory declaration|
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
- Style manual for authors, editors and printers
- Mark-up pen
Valued at $46.90!