Applied Copyediting and Proofreading


Learn the publishing processes and the qualities needed to become a proofreader or copy editor


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Course Code ACPN
Qualification gained Australian College Certificate of Applied Copyediting and Proofreading
Study mode Flexible delivery online
Flexible duration Up to 12 months
Study load Self-paced
Start date Start anytime
Assessment method Short answer questions, writing assessments, editing tasks
Nationally recognised No
Course units

Module 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


Module 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


Module 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

  • 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

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