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 Qualification Level:
Open Colleges Certificate
How You'll learn How You'll learn:
Print
How Long How Long:
Max 24 months
Assessment Assessments:

Written Assessments

Potential Careers

  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Sub-editor