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If you are currently or intending to undertake some copyediting and proofreading in your job or you want to explore the idea of getting started as a freelance copy editor and proof reader, this course covers all the essential elements that you need for success.

This course introduces you to copyediting and proofreading and also covers the basic requirements for correcting and marking up of different writing pieces including journalism articles and novels.

Learn the publishing processes and the qualities needed to become a proof reader or copy editor and participate in practical real-life copyediting and proofreading activities.

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The course would suit people requiring the skills for their own business, existing employed position or home interest:

  • Small Business Owner with advertising material, business and financial documents and/or Website content.
  • Existing employed person writing and proofreading legal, business, financial or technical documents and/or website content, in their current position or future career progression.
  • Earn an Extra Income working from home, correcting local business documents, university student theses, schools, council, churches, graphic design business, advertising and marketing. Anything and everything that goes to print.
  • English as a 2nd Language working from home, correcting local business documents, university student theses, schools, council, churches, graphic design business, advertising and marketing. Anything and everything that goes to print.
  • Professional Development assisting family and friends with essays and projects in school and tertiary education. Volunteer work e.g. local charity, school new letters, brochures.
  • Online Employment if you are travelling a lot with a partner or husband/wife for their work. Allowing you to work on the move, maintain an interest and earn some extra money.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Certificate of Applied Copyediting and Proofreading
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
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Practical Editing Tasks
Nationally recognised

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
Payment Option 2 - $300.00 Deposit then 20 x $100.00 Weekly = $2,300.00*
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Course units

Unit 1 - Foundations of Copyediting

Reading 1 - Introduction to Copyediting and Proofreading

Exploring the World of Publishing
The Digital Process
Meet the Copyeditor
Meet the Proofreader
Grammar Basics

Reading 2 - Copyediting Marks

Introduction to Copyediting Marks
Inserting, Deleting and Replacing Text
Copyediting Fonts and Dashes
Quotations, Headings and Other Fonts
Formatting Paragraphs

Reading 3 - The Role of the Copyeditor

The Role of the Copyeditor
The Style Sheet
The Degrees of Copyediting
Copyediting Fiction and Non-Fiction
Copyediting Approaches
The Copyeditor's Checklist
Copyediting Practice

Unit 2 - Foundations of Proofreading

Reading 1 - Proofreading Marks

Introduction to Proofreading Marks
Inserting, Deleting and Replacing Text
Proofreading Fonts and Dashes
Quotations, Headings and Other Fonts
Formatting Paragraphs
Messy Mark Ups

Reading 2 - The Role of the Proofreader

The Role of the Proofreader
Proofreading Fiction
Proofreading Non-Fiction
Proofreading Tables, Images and Illustrations
Proofreading Facts
Common Layout Issues
The Proofreader's Checklist
Proofreading Practice

Unit 3 - Copyediting and Proofreading as a Business

Reading 1 - Working as a Copyeditor/Proofreader

Developing Professional Relationships
Working for a Publishing House
Working for Corporates and Government
Working in Media
Working in Education
Working With Clients

Reading 2 - Establishing Yourself as a Freelancer

Starting Your Freelance Business
Marketing Your Business
Targeting Clients
Invoicing for Your Work
Setting Up Your Workspace
Next Steps
Practice Exercises

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.

Student reviews

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard

Combine employment and training in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
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