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Certificate of Editing and Proofreading


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

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.

Course Structure

Unit 1: Editing

  • How to be a successful editor
  • Finding a balance
  • Setting priorities
  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Editing traps
  • Stages of editing
  • Editing steps
  • Style guides
  • Types of editing
  • Editing criteria
  • Improving content
  • Improving readability
  • Newsletter editing
  • Blog editing
  • Print magazine/newspaper editing
  • Sales catalogues and brochures
  • Fiction editing
  • Non-fiction editing
  • Research papers and journal articles
  • Editing tools and language
  • Editing and proofreading symbols
  • Proofreading tips
  • IT tools
  • Plagiarism
  • Interpersonal skills for editors
  • Communication skills
  • Written communication
  • Finding editing work
  • Selling and marketing your services

Unit 2: Grammar

  • English grammar
  • The components of language
  • Types of words
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence construction
  • Good writing
  • Writing purpose
  • Forms of language


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Payment Information

Certificate Course



  • 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;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Content Editor
  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Digital Copywriter
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only