Whether you want to become a professional editor and proof-reader or simply want to improve your own writing, editing is an important skill in any career and an asset to your resume.
The Certificate of Editing and Proofreading is a comprehensive online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to edit and proofread copy for a variety of formats, across different writing styles, publishing media and audiences.
In this editing and proofreading course, you will gain a solid foundation in the principles of editing and proofreading, including types of editing, setting priorities, editing symbols, style guides, proofreading tips and tools.
You will learn about plagiarism, interpersonal skills for editors, and how to edit for a variety of mediums, including print and online content. You will also discover how to find editing work and how to sell and market your services to potential clients.
On completion of this course you will have a solid grasp on the theory and principles of professional editing and proofreading.
Unit 1: Editing I
Introduction to editing
The role and scope of editing
Tools for editing
The production process
An overview; who does what in publishing
The mechanics of clear writing
Consistencies and inaccuracies
The reader’s report
The author’s responsibilities
The author/editor relationship
Copy editing I
What the copy editor does
Copy editing II
Parts of a publication
Editing non-text material
Preparing copy for printing
The final stages
Checking final proofs
Unit 2: Editing II
Introduction to editing
State of the Art
Scope and nature of the work
Traditional and modern editing
Writing job specifications
Refining text editing
How much editing is appropriate
Who does what
Headlines and captions
Electronic processing of graphic images
Bits and colour depth
Pixels and resolution
Colour and black and white
Types of files
Choosing and designing with photos
What does the editor need to do with graphics
Editing and design
Layout and design
Desktop publishing software
Matching style and context
Targeting the reader
Legal and ethical issues
Legal and ethical issues in publishing
Copyright free materials
Right to privacy
Law and the internet
CD/film and other electronic publishing
A practical editing project to end the course and utilise your new skills.
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.