Course Description

The 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing is designed to give you core skills that will allow you to write professionally for a host of potential publications and platforms.

What will you learn?

The course looks at writing for digital media, writing for the web and writing for social media. It goes beyond traditional print forms and focuses on content for the digital age, covering digital marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), and tagging.

A choice of electives also allows students to focus their learning on two of four potential outcomes; technical documentation, scripts, journalism or even short narratives.

The 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing will also cover proofreading and editing, blogging with WordPress, researching skills and creating a story plan.

Career opportunities

This course may lead to employment opportunities in the corporate or business sector, medical and education, public relations and writing for the web - or could be added to your employment skills in any occupation

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.

Potential career outcomes

  • Copywriter
  • Education Writer
  • Marketing and Communications Professional
  • Medical Writer
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Content Specialist
  • Writer
Course number E1033
Qualification name 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio, Short-answer questions
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.


This course involves reading learning content 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 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 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.


Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.6 or higher recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)

You will also need access to Macromedia Flash player and access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

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.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Module 1: The writing process

  • Clarify research brief
  • Conduct research
  • Analyse research findings
  • Present research findings
  • Prepare to write content
  • Draft content
  • Finalise content

Module 2: Writing and editing skills

Module 3: Writing for the 21st Century

  • Maintain currency of own industry knowledge
  • Establish effective contractual relationships
  • Complete work tasks effectively
  • Source information on copyright
  • Obtain permission to use copyright material
  • Protect material from unauthorised use
  • Prepare to develop content for site
  • Write site content
  • Upload content

Module 4: Writing for business

  • Research appropriate public relations documents
  • Plan production of communication document
  • Create and edit public relations documents
  • Implement and evaluate public relations documents
  • Prepare to produce word processed documents
  • Design word processed documents
  • Add tables and other data
  • Produce text documents

Module 5: Writing for different genres

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to write a range of non-fiction materials including feature articles, obituaries, reviews and profiles. You will learn how to confirm the purpose of the task, carry out preparation, write the non-fiction piece, and apply proofreading and editing skills.
This unit will help you develop the knowledge and skills to write a range of fiction material. By the end of this module you should be able to:
  • Confirm the purpose of the writing task
  • Determine the scope of the writing task
  • Prepare for the fiction writing task
  • Create the fiction writing piece
  • Complete the fiction writing task


Module 6: Electives

Choose two electives from the below

  • Identify and analyse documentation requirements and client needs
  • Design documentation
  • Develop documentation
  • Evaluate and edit documentation
  • Prepare documentation for publication

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to write scripts for film, TV and a range of other media. You will learn how to draw on a range of experiences, observations and research to write engaging scripts. The module covers conception, form, drafting, redrafting and how to meet the requirements of the media platform.

  • Develop a concept for the article
  • Determine the article requirements
  • Prepare to write the article
  • Review the article

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to write short narratives for print and electronic publication, and for a range of other media. You will read and analyse examples of a variety of short narratives to learn about the form. Then you will develop a short narrative from the early stage of developing an idea through to the final drafting and submission stage.



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Annette Trevitt

Annette teaches a professional writing and editing program in Melbourne and has done for 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Film and Television, and a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training (VET). She has made animated films and worked as an assistant editor for TV and for film. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines and broadcast on ABC radio and by the BBC. She enjoys giving feedback to students to help them shape their ideas and their stories, and to encourage students to let their sentences sound a little like their voice in life.

Jean Flynn

Jean is a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer and educator, who previously taught design to international students at RMIT University and now works in the writing department at Federation University in Victoria, Australia. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in printed newspapers, magazines and online, and she has had short stories published in anthologies and also broadcast on ABC radio. Jean’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Design, a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jean loves to see her student’s work published and always encourages them to submit their work for publication.

Nadine Cresswell-Myatt

Nadine holds a Master of Arts (Monash), a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. She has worked as a freelance journalist for over 20 years writing feature articles, reviews and travel stories for almost all Australia’s major newspapers, a myriad of magazines and the burgeoning online world. She is currently completing a PhD in History at the University of Melbourne and has 19 years’ experience teaching writing in the TAFE sector. She enjoys helping students with their writing and steering them towards publication.

Students who enrol in this course will receive the following two textbooks included in the course fee:

  • The Editor’s Companion by Janet Mackenzie, 2nd edition, published by Cambridge University Press, 2014
  • Style Manual: For Authors, Editors and Printers, 6th Edition, published by Wiley, 2002

Valued at over $100!

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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