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Certificate of Professional Writing and Editing


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Whether you want to pursue a career as a professional writer and editor or simply improve your own writing, this professional development course is ideal.

The Certificate of Professional Writing and Editing is a comprehensive online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to write and edit copy across a variety of genres for print and digital formats, including social media.

In this professional writing and editing course, you will gain practical writing skills as well as knowledge on self-publishing, writing for profit, writing to persuade (copy and content writing), meeting deadlines, and use of technology for writing and editing.

You will also gain a solid foundation in editing and proofreading techniques for a variety of formats, including fiction, newsletters, blogs, print magazines and newspapers, research papers, journal articles and advertising and marketing collateral.

On completion of this course you will have a thorough understanding of the theory and practise of professional writing, editing and proofreading.

Course Structure

Unit 1: Professional Writing

  • Pathways to writing
  • Getting paid for writing
  • Change and diversity
  • Writing markets
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Technology
  • Digital writing skills
  • Grammar and style issues
  • Cross-genre writing
  • Writing to persuade
  • Writing and profit
  • Self publishing
  • Social media
  • Self Employment
  • Writing for an audience

Unit 2: 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 3: 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;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • 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 Specialist / Writer
  • Digital Editor
  • Social Media Editor
  • Media Relations Officer
  • Digital Content Coordinator
  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $150 deposit
  • $25/week
  • No credit checks required