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It is highly recommended that students wishing to apply to enrol in the Advanced Editing and Publishing course, complete the Professional Editing and Publishing course first.

While it is not a prerequisite, it is felt that the knowledge gained will make completion of the advanced course much easier.

Students who do have significant experience with editing and publishing, especially proofreading, and are interested in completing this course, should contact the education team.

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This course has been developed against the Australian Standards for Editing Practice. Some skills that you will learn include:

  • Use your existing proofreading skills to correct tables and charts.
  • Prepare images and text for compilation in a desktop published format and produce two-colour and four-colour multi-page documents.
  • Learn copyediting practices, illustration, typography and design principles as they apply to a variety of contemporary publishing styles.
  • Prepare a submission for a print job.
  • Manage financial and scheduling associated with editing and publishing.

The skills learnt in this course will provide you the opportunity to work freelance, full-time or part-time in editing, copyediting or proofreading.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Certificate of Advanced Editing and Publishing
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
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Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Practical Editing Tasks
Nationally recognised

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
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Course units

Unit 1 - Enhancing Editing and Publishing Skills

Reading 1 - Apply Standard Australian

English Spelling and Punctuation
Writing Style III
Perfect Punctuation III
Colloquial Language
Alternative Spellings
Foreign Words and Phrases

Reading 2 - Develop Knowledge of Typography, Illustrations and Design for Editing II

Specialised Publications and Resources
Specialised Language Conventions
Illustrations and Tables
Editing Tables

Reading 3 - Apply Principles of Word Usage in Written Communication, Proofread unformatted Text, Proofread formatted Text, Edit for Major Sectors of the Publishing Industry II

Completeness and Consistency
Editing Lists
Some Editing Practices
Tip Lists

Reading 4 - Apply Principles of Grammar in Written Communication

Identifying Parts of Speech
Sentence Analysis and Sentence Types
Writing Structure
Changing Grammar

Unit 2 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing for Editors

Reading 1 - Edit Text Electronically

Acquiring Files From Another Source
Dealing With Errors in Electronic Documents
Electronic Editing Techniques
Document Management
Saving and Printing Documents
Sending Files Electronically

Reading 2 - Apply Knowledge of Desktop

Publishing for Editors
Desktop Publishing Applications
Desktop Publishing Principles
The Elements and Principles of Design
Using PagePlus for Desktop Publishing
Type in Desktop Publishing
Including Images in your Design
Producing a Single-Page Design

Reading 3 - Publish Documents from the Desktop

Planning a Multi-Page Document
Producing a Multi-Page Document
Using Templates for Layouts
Using Styles in Multi-Page Documents
Generating Colour Documents
Producing a Multi-Page Document
Output Devices
Document Proofing

Unit 3 - Entering the Industry of Editing and Publishing

Reading 1 - Apply Knowledge of Print Processes for Editors and Publishers

Major Printing Processes
Understanding Print, Paper and Bind Styles
Preparing a Submission for a Print Job
Understanding Printing Quotes

Reading 2 - Manage Budgets and Schedules in Editing and Publishing

Publication Schedules
Cost Types and Actors That Affect Budgets
Costs of Producing and Editing / Publishing Project
Economic and Commercial Impacts That Affect Editing and Publishing

Reading 3 - Apply for Employment in the Publishing Industry I & II

The Publishing Business
Your Own Freelance Business
Negotiating Freelance Contracts
Business, Agreements and Deadlines
Communicating Without Conflict
Applying For Work
Marketing Yourself
Sourcing Work
The World of Business and Corporate Editing
Professional Development

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

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