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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.

This introductory course to copyediting and proofreading covers the basic requirements for correcting and marking up different kinds of documents.

The editing and proofreading industry is popular. There’s no doubt about it, this is an area everyone is talking about. The reason behind the national focus on the editing and proofreading arena is due to the ever-expanding base of information in this country and the need for people to proofread and check informational content for errors.

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It is not necessary to become a full time (or part time) freelance or in-house copyeditor or proof reader to use the techniques from this course. Every document that is written must be copyedited or proofread to some degree. This course covers a streamlined version of the publishing process and the qualities needed to become a proof reader or copy editor and is packed with practical real-life copyediting and proofreading activities.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to practise the techniques you will learn along the way.

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
ACP
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Self-paced
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Practical Editing Tasks
Nationally recognised
No

Course units

Unit 1 - Foundations of Proofreading

Reading 1 - Introduction to Copyediting and Proofreading

Exploring the World of Publishing
Meet the Proofreader
Meet the Copyeditor
Tools of the Trade
Speak the Language
Handy References

Reading 2 - Proofreading – Manipulating Text

A Day in the Life of a Proofreader
Basic Text Manipulation
Changing Text
Good Writing 1
Words Work 1

Reading 3 - Proofreading – Formatting Text

Formatting Text
Formatting Paragraphs
Advanced Formatting
Good Writing 2
Words Work 2

Unit 2 - Copyediting Diverse Documents

Reading 1 - Proofreading Different Types of Documents

Exploring Fiction
Discovering Non-Fiction
Tables, Illustrations and Photographs
Good Writing 3
Words Work 3

Reading 2 - Copyediting Basics and Fiction Manuscripts

Retracing Our Steps
A Day in the Life of a Copyeditor
General Copyediting Considerations
Using the Mark Up Language Correctly
Copyediting Fiction
Working in Different Industries

Reading 3 - Copyediting Basics and Non-Fiction Documents

Retracing Our Steps
Copyediting Methods
Specific Copyediting Considerations
Copyediting Non-Fiction
The Style Sheet
Working in Different Industries

Unit 3 - Business and Professionals Relationships

Reading 1 - Working with Writers and Editors

Authors, Authors, Authors
Writing Styles
The Copyeditor and The Proofreader
Copyediting Approaches
Working in Different Industries

Reading 2 - Copyediting Essentials

Retracing Our Steps
The Importance of Consistency
Keeping Up with Continuity
The Pitfalls of Copyright
Copy Editing on the Computer Screen
Copyediting Electronic Documents
Working in the Media Industry

Reading 3 - Copyediting and Proofreading as a Business

Retracing Our Steps
Taking the Freelance Road
The Perils of Partnerships
Looking for Adventure
The Education Market

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, 7th December 2014

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