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Course summary

Price:
£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
Instalments:
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. Interest-free. No charges
Tutor:
Jennie Harborth provides fast and unlimited support
Requirements:
Good English. Take our challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Flexible: 3 - 6 months
Accreditation:
ABCC
Qualification:
Accredited CMP diploma
Paid work:
Yes: guaranteed. See details

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Eva Jakubiak: proofreading and editing course

The course exceeded my expectations. It was very comprehensive - definitely a great investment and great value for money too.

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Dr Rachel Finnegan: proofreading and editing course

My experience of the course was wholly positive and I enjoyed every minute of it. At times I felt as though I was the only student, receiving limitless individual attention! The quality of tutorial support was fantastic.

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Tiffany Shand: proofreading and editing course

After the disappointment of doing a proofreading course through another distance learning provider I was about ready to give up with learning proofreading. But I learnt more in the first assignment than anything I had learnt on my previous course.

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Rebecca Link: proofreading and editing course

The course was great. It gave me a lot more hands-on experience and practice than I had expected it to. Tutorial support was great most of the time. Response times were fast, and Jennie’s marking and support was particularly constructive.

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Carol Gibson: proofreading and editing course

I do not think the course could be improved. There is always help at hand if you are unsure or confused and the papers are marked incredibly quickly and there is always really good feedback.

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Carol Towers: proofreading & editing course

I enrolled on the course to formalise my skills. It exceeded my expectations. The tutorial support was excellent: friendly, supportive and informed.

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Hotcourses review: proofreading & editing course

I recently completed the CMP proofreading and editing course and am now about to start their web editing course because I am so impressed with the outcome of the first one ...

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Daniel Deacon: proofreading & editing course

I really enjoyed the quick responses to the work that I sent in. I tried another distance learning course before this one, but being in South Korea meant it took a long time to send and receive work. I’m even thinking about taking another course!

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Janine Henry: proofreading course

I enrolled as I wanted to learn a new skill and particularly a skill that could be done from home or online. I found the course to be very educational and enjoyable. The modules were interesting and nicely prepared. The tutor was very helpful too.

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Rachel Fleming: proofreading and editing course

The course was very thorough and detailed, with prompt marking and responses to my assignments.

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I have recently completed the proofreading and editing course, and it was a very rewarding experience ...

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Proofreading and editing course independent review

I learned so much in the past 10 months about proofreading and editing. This course has helped me to grow not only as a proofreader, but as a writer as well ...

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Nicolette Cameron: proofreading & editing course

It was very easy to do this course online, even in another country. My emails were always answered within hours and my coursework was marked very quickly. Communication was always pleasant and personal. I would definitely recommend the course to a friend.

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Wendy Wilson: proofreading & editing course

The course exceeded my expectations. I had plenty of support from my tutor. His comments were invaluable. The content was extensive and well worth the money. I have already recommended the course to friends.

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Hotcourses review: proofreading & editing course

I receive proofreading projects every week so I needed a methodology and guidance on how to proofread properly ...

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Mary Bate: proofreading & editing course

I found the course very enjoyable. It was challenging, but knowing I had my tutor there if I needed her was great.

I found my tutor, Jennie Harborth, very helpful and friendly. Her knowledge of the subject is huge.

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Distance learning was so convenient, and lack of deadlines meant I could work on it at my own pace at my own time ...

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Laura Bryars: proofreading & editing course

I had a bad experience with other providers, but CMP offered me a great module list, relevant to everything I wanted. The course offers far more support than any other provider and is fantastic value for money, with the freedom to study.

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Katie Nimmo: proofreading & editing course

This course exceeded all expectations. It was so in-depth, easy to understand and very interesting. The tutorial support was perfect. Help was always on hand. I really cannot fault this course. I learned everything I needed to know.

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Jennie Harborth: proofreading & editing course

CMP were fantastic: incredibly helpful and understanding, guiding me and encouraging me so kindly that my depression disappeared and my self-esteem climbed.

I cannot stress how much doing this course completely changed my life for the better.

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Kwok Guanjun: proofreading & editing course

The assignment marking was very fast, the tutor gave great feedback and advice, and I learned a lot of new things about writing. I also learned about copy editing that I know it will be valuable to my new career.

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Helen Dresel: proofreading & editing course

The course has more than met my expectations due to the speedy email responses and friendly, expert and detailed feedback on my assignments and queries. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about the basics of proofreading and editing.

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Constance Sothern: proofreading & editing course

I am a professional translator and I did not know that there were so many aspects to proofreading. My questions were always responded to in a professional manner, and never once was I made me feel inadequate. Your advice and encouragement was invaluable.

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Alex Matthews: proofreading and editing

It is great to gain a new qualification this way . This is a fantastic course to enrol on if you are new to online learning and/or want to break into the world of SEO and writing articles.

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Huw Portway: proofreading & editing

I would recommend the CMP course to anyone with an interest in proofreading or editing. As well as providing me with valuable knowledge, the course has sharpened my eye for detail when proofreading all sorts of documents.

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Tina Howe: proofreading & editing course

WOW! This proofreading course has opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at literature.

I am looking forward to applying my new skills to my job and looking for new opportunities. Thank you, Cleland and CMP.

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Emma Zarour: proofreading & editing course

The tutorial support was great. Cleland answered any questions I had, and was very encouraging. If something needed more work, he would tell me how to improve, and he made me feel as though I was accomplishing well.

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Bekki Pate: proofreading & editing

Cleland was very responsive to my emails, every question I had was answered quickly and in full. The course covered so many different areas of editing in so many different forms.

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A. Savini: proofreading & editing course

The course has exceeded my expectations. It has provided me with the necessary tools to work as a proofreader in the most professional and effective way. The material is designed and presented in a very approachable way.

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E. Fragouli: proofreading & editing course

The notes were very detailed and covered everything I needed to know for basic proofreading so I did not need any tutorial support. The course was well structured and I learned so much. It was worth every penny.

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Gloria Price: proofreading & editing course

It was an in-depth course, yet fairly easy to follow. It was also good to be able to work at my own pace, and I enjoyed the challenge. I found the course content varied and interesting. I would certainly recommend it!

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J. Mortimer: proofreading & editing course

Excellent course. Not only did it improve my skills, but also gave me excellent points of reference, such as websites. Tutorial support was very quick and very helpful. I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone.

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Andrea Durant: proofreading & editing course

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I managed to secure work before the end of the course. I am currently editing a book due to be published in the autumn. This is proof that the CMP proofreading and editing course yields great results!

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Electra Nanou: proofreading & editing course

The course introduced me to proofreading and copy editing in a clear, pleasant manner. It was actually quite enlightening.
The content was diverse and reader-friendly. Would I recommend this course to a friend? ABSOLUTELY!

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Shahzadi Sobia: proofreading & editing course

I enrolled to gain a comprehensive grasp of editing. The course was very good and went way above my expectations. My tutor, Cleland Thom, was the best guide and teacher I have ever had.

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Janet Wright: proofreading & editing course

The course was very informative. I don't feel that there are any improvements that need to be made to it. It was very thorough, teaching me new skills which I will be able to use in all kinds of ways the future.

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Jane Isaac: proofreading & editing course

This was a great course for me. I liked the way the course was structured. I learned a lot of terminology and proofreading symbols, and even managed to improve my grammar, even though I used to think I knew it all!

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Carol Williams: proofreading & editing course

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would certainly recommend it to anyone. It was interesting and thoroughly engaging. The tutorial support was excellent. Whenever I needed any further information or advice, Cleland was on hand to help.

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Natalie Polak: proofreading & editing course

I would definitely recommend this course. The tutorial support was superb: very straightforward and honest.
There was a good deal of constructive criticism, but always with positive reinforcement. Marked work was returned quickly.

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Marjorie McPherson: proofreading & editing course

It's been a great learning experience for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Cleland Thom and CMP have been very supportive and responsive to comments or queries. I would really recommend them!

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Brendan Pooran: proofreading & editing course

I loved this course. Answers to questions were almost instantaneous. I was especially pleased with the last module, which had so much advice and hints on how to get started in the field. I would certainly recommend it to a friend.

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Alec Leigh: proofreading & editing course

The tutor support from Cleland was excellent. The advice given was very clear and helpful. The course took me around three months to complete. I found the content very interesting, and it certainly met with my expectations.

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Jess Gelders: proofreading & editing course

The course was thorough and the tutor support was excellent. I always felt comfortable asking questions and receiving knowledgeable answers. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend. It covered everything I needed.

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Peter Hinson: proofreading & editing course

Cleland’s support was excellent, prompt, and friendly. The content provided me with the foundation to begin a proofreading service. Apart from teaching the fundamentals, it has honed my observation skills.

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Neil Johnson: proofreading & editing course

The tutorial support was excellent! Having sent my exercises in for comment, I was amazed at how quickly I got replies and feedback. I couldn't fault it and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Yvonne Hayton: proofreading & editing course

It was a good, comprehensive course. It provided a huge amount of information and many helpful websites. The style of tutoring was really helpful and encouraging at all times. I felt the tutor's criticisms were fair and justified.

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Matthew Gardner: proofreading & editing course

Cleland is an exceptional tutor and the advice and support I got from him was incredible. I have always been interested in proofreading and have always enjoyed language and writing, so this course absolutely met my needs.

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Anna Sheldrick: proofreading & editing course

Emails were answered very swiftly. Whenever I was stuck, or had a question, the tutor got straight back to me. I have gained an improved knowledge of English grammar and punctuation, as well as a professional approach to proofreading.

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Here's what we provide. Compare it with other colleges 

24 assignments, personally marked by a tutor, with in depth feedback.

Tutorial support, even after you've completed the course.

Rapid turn-around time. Usually 24 hours, weekdays.

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Help getting a job, and unlimited career guidance.

Proofreading course: key features

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Can anyone become a proofreader? Yes, definitely. And proofreaders can earn up to £25 an hour.

Our proofreading course will teach you the editorial skills you need to proofread and edit copy on paper, and on screen.

We provide proofreading training so you can check books, webpages, brochures, catalogues, leaflets, magazines and newspapers. 

We offer more than any other provider:

  • more subjects
  • faster tutorial support
  • guaranteed paid work
  • career support - even after you finish the course

This is why we have five pages of positive course reviews

What a proofreader needs to know

Proofreading involves a number of editorial skills and techniques. But anyone can learn them, if they have the right materials and proper training.

Our proofreading correspondence provides training in every area of proofreading and editing.

We use clear, easy-to-follow proofreading charts, which give simple explanations and examples for every BSI symbol.

CMP proofreading symbols sample

The materials set us apart from other providers, who just provide basic lists of proofreading marks.

There are 23 lessons, all with tutor support. Each lesson is easy to follow and uses a variety of learning features.

When you complete the course you can apply to join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

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This course gets results

Hundreds of individuals and businesses across the UK and beyond testify we have provided first class training in proofreading and editorial skills.

And don't take our word for it:

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How the proofreading course is delivered

This is a correspondence course, and is fast, friendly and flexible. The materials and your marked work are delivered by email.

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Or just buy the printed materials

Alternatively, you can buy the printed materials. They include an assignment which leads to the CMP of Certificate of Competence

This option suits people who don't have the time to do our full diploma. See details

Buy now: £145.00

What you need to study proofreading

  • access to a computer with an internet connection
  • Microsoft Word software
  • an email account

Our accredited qualification

You will receive the CMP diploma which guarantees you can use editorial skills to a recognised standard.

Many people call themselves 'proofreaders'. But our proofreading training, and our accredited diploma will set you apart in a competitive work market.

Employers trust our qualification, because they know it stands for quality.

We will help you find work

We will show you how to find work, and how to start your own business. And we will support you for as long as you need us.

There's plenty of work out there: millions of documents, webpages, reporters, brochures, books, newspapers and magazines that need professional proofreading.

Our correspondence course will show you effective ways to get started, and keep going. Many students move on to do specialist proofreading See our blog

Some join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). They start at entry level, and can progress to professional level.

Course tutor: Jennie HarborthJennie Harborth

Proofreader | editor | blogger  | web builder

CMP|QPAC system programmer and trainer

Jennie is an expert in English grammar and an experienced proofreader and editor. She is well equipped to teach you proofreading and editorial skills.

Her students often say they appreciate the lengths she goes to in order to help them.

She will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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What happens when you finish

You will gain a respected qualification, and have the skills to start proofreading and editing, either for a company or organisation, or as a freelancer.

You can also apply to join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

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