Course Description

Guided by a current industry practitioner, you will learn techniques for effective proofreading and structural and copy editing. Subjects such as copyright, computer editing and author relationships are addressed, and a complimentary style manual is included to help you with your work.

The course also includes a component on establishing a freelance business, covering the financial and promotional aspects of self-employment.

You can study the Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading either online or by correspondence

Guided by a current industry practitioner, you will learn techniques for effective proofreading and structural and copy editing. Subjects such as copyright, computer editing and author relationships are addressed, and a complimentary style manual is included to help you with your work.

The course also includes a component on establishing a freelance business, covering the financial and promotional aspects of self-employment.

You can study the Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading either online or by correspondence

Course number 90120
Qualification name Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Assessments Written Assessments
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Guided by a current industry practitioner, you will learn techniques for effective proofreading and structural and copy editing. Subjects such as copyright, computer editing and author relationships are addressed, and a complimentary style manual is included to help you with your work.

The course also includes a component on establishing a freelance business, covering the financial and promotional aspects of self-employment.

You can study the Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading either online or by correspondence

Fee For Service Schedule

  • Introduction to your course
  • Grammar: part 1
  • Making a living as a freelancer
  • Mistakes people make
  • How the course is structured
  • The industry of editing and proofreading
  • Introducing proofreading marks
  • Creating the perfect environment
  • Proofreading marks: part 1
  • The successful career of a freelance proofreader
  • Welcome to the wonderful world of proof correction marks
  • Computers and editing
  • Test your knowledge
  • Structural editing of novels
  • Structural editing of non-fiction
  • Editing versus proofreading: an update
  • The spelling debate
  • Language is going global
  • The importance of consistency and continuity
  • Looking out for continuity
  • The importance of reading
  • How to get started in the freelance editing and proofreading industry
  • What is copy editing?
  • Becoming a copy editor
  • Freelance and editing rates
  • Publishers' requirements
  • Standards of punctuation
  • The copy editor's task
  • Proofreading tips
  • Establishing a good relationship with an author
  • Who has the final say?
  • The editor and political correctness
  • Presentation of editing notes
  • How to mark editing notes on a document or manuscript
  • Understanding colloquial language
  • What is colloquial language?
  • Colloquial language is essential to many documents
  • What is general knowledge?
  • Case study
  • How do you fact check a document?
  • Grammar part 8: compound verbs and adverbs
  • Editing using a computer
  • Making editing corrections on-screen
  • Electronic publishing and e-books
  • Test your general knowledge
  • Grammar part 9: what is a split infinitive?
  • Protecting your work
  • The pitfalls of copyright and defamation
  • The difference between defamation, libel and slander
  • When is a document out of copyright?
  • Are titles of songs covered by copyright?
  • How does an editor protect himself or herself from breach of copyright?
  • Australian standards for editing practice
  • Proofreading
  • Design
  • Welcome to the efficient world of computers!
  • Illustrations, photographs and graphics
  • Tutorial review
  • Reference guide
  • Parts of speech
  • Setting yourself up as a freelancer
  • Starting out
  • Getting paid
  • Promoting yourself

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Included materials

  • Style manual for authors, editors and printers
  • Mark-up pen

Valued at $46.90!

Carolyn Beaumont

Carolyn Beaumont BA (University of Sydney) is an editor of novels by Di Morrissey and Peter Watt and non-fiction by R.M. Williams and Quentin Dempster, as well as academic journals and textbooks. She founded a publishing company 20 years ago following a successful career as a TV, radio and print journalist, including as a researcher on The Michael Parkinson Show and assistant editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Carolyn has served as chairman, board of directors, licensee of a radio station Highland and broadcaster. She has taught journalism and general editing with the Open Colleges team for more than 20 years.

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