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Accredited proofreading and editing course

Proofreading and editing level 4 diploma

Course summary

Price:
£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
Instalments:
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Tutor:
Rachel Finnegan and Julian Brouwer
Requirements:
Good UK English and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader. Take our proofreading challenge
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours. You work at your own pace
Accreditation:
ABC | EADLABCC | IADL
Qualification:
ABC Awards level 4 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

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Paddy Austin: proofreading course

It was a thorough and well-paced coverage of the subject, and I learned a huge amount. Assignments were all marked quickly and the comments and suggestions really supported learning.

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Carmel Watson: proofreading course

The course was thorough and although the assignments were short they fully tested my skill and knowledge.
I always got a quick response when submitting an assignment and the feedback was very constructive and helpful.

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Elena Roveglia: proofreading and editing course

I was very impressed with the course materials and the speed that my assessments were returned to me from my tutor.
The tutorial support and course content were excellent.

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Neil Kernohan: proofreading and editing course

The course was truly excellent. Extremely comprehensive, relevant and also quite fascinating in places. The tutorial support was absolutely first class. I learned new skills, for example Acrobat proofreading and using track changes more effectively.

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Amelia Gregory: proofreading course

This course exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed it. My assignments were marked quickly with constructive feedback. I haven’t enjoyed a course as much as this one for a long time!

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Matthew Fulton-Peebles: proofreading and editing course

It was thoroughly interesting and provided very good lessons that were easy to follow and consistently engaging. The tutorial support was brilliant, with the feedback being particularly helpful!

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Emer Garry: proofreading and editing course

The tutorial support was excellent, very timely, full of detailed help and advice, with excellent feedback and pointers, as well as fast grading. Even the tests were fun.

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Maria Haeja: proofreading and editing course

The course content was very comprehensive, better than other courses I have looked into, prior to enrolling with CMP. The tutors were very informative and clear. They answered every question I had.

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Doron Rosen: proofreading and editing course

This course has provided me with all the basic and necessary knowledge and tools to start my way in the fields of proofreading and editing. The tutorial support was great and in my opinion, of the highest standard and quality.

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Shwetha Krishna: proofreading and editing course

The course was excellent overall and there was a lot of learning material which was really useful and will continue to be in future too when I take up a job. I can always refer to the learning material whenever needed.

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Sonia Howard: proofreading and editing course.

The content was interesting and varied. I learned a lot about accuracy and the need for guidelines and consistency in any proofreading task. It was my first online course and I felt that it covered everything that I needed.

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George Appleton: proofreading and editing course

The course content, on the whole, was good. Very thorough. I learned all I needed to about proofreading and editing, from the traditional way of doing things to the more modern online editing.

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Proofreading course graduate Lorna Thomas

The course more than met my expectations. I learned all the different ways of proofreading and editing and many aspects of it, including guidelines for many areas, from web pages to legal issues.

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Proofreading and editing course graduate Tom Pritchard

Happily, I managed to secure regular work as a proofreader during the course, and this valuable real-world experience helped my progression in the course and gave me confidence for the future. It also meant the course more than paid for itself

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Proofreading and editing course student Craig Knight

Tutorial support is excellent. Marked assignments are returned lightning-fast with extensive comments which is far better than many other institutions. Individual queries are also answered very quickly.The course content is extensive.

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Leona Ronkainen: proofreading and editing course

The course exceeded my expectations, I've learnt a lot. Tutorial support was excellent. Tutors were effective and professional, and offered much needed guidance.The content was precise and relevant.

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I can now proofread and edit significantly better and with more confidence.

The tutorial support was excellent. Professional, friendly, concise and prompt.

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Shuna Meade: proofreading and editing course

I wanted to ensure I had the most up-to-date proofreading and copy editing skills prior to setting up a freelance business. The course exceeded my expectations. Both tutors were fast to respond and mark work.

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Maryam Hasan: proofreading course

The course was set at the right level for both novices and those with prior experience. thought the content was very well-planned and presented. The tutorial support was excellent.

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Madelena da Costa: proofreading and editing

It was brilliant! It met all my expectations. It was challenging, but very enjoyable. I couldn’t believe how quickly the tutor graded my work, and how detailed the feedback was. Thank you so much!

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Jane Bett: proofreading and editing course

The course refreshed and developed my knowledge of things I'd enjoyed in my younger days as a student.
The tutor was very helpful, very fair in their assessments of my work, and very punctual with returning marked assignments.

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Jocelyn Roberts: proofreading and editing course

The course was above my expectations. It was fantastic and was extensive and challenging. My tutor was Jennie Harborth, she was fantastic. She gave me a lot of help and advice and was always quick with a response.

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Erik Sebok: proofreading and editing course

I had never done online courses before this one, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well… I loved it.

The quality of the learning material was excellent, the support I received from Jennie and Cleland was absolutely phenomenal.

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Rosalie Briant: proofreading and editing course

I thought the course content was varied and interesting. Each lesson focuses on a different area of proofreading and editing. I was impressed with the tutorial support as I always had a quick response to any queries.

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Lucy Lauterjung: proofreading and editing course

The course exceeded my expectations. It covered so many different aspects of proofreading and copyediting, and also provided dozens of useful sources of information. The tutorial support was fantastic. The course content was really interesting.

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Lisa Coleman: proofreading and editing

The course surpassed my expectations. The tutorial support was beyond expectation and compare! Fast, thorough, very constructive and very supportive. I thought the content was excellent.

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Henry Jones: proofreading and editing course

The course was a good challenge, and that is exactly something I had hoped for. It educated me well and more than I anticipated. Each lesson perfectly prepared me for each assignment. The tutorial support was fantastic.

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Gweno Hugh-Jones: proofreading and editing course

I have been told I was good at proofreading and I wanted to reach a recognised standard. The course content was good. It is excellent that it is reviewed often in order to reflect realistic standards.

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Jo Alexander: proofreading and editing course

This course surpassed my expectations: I was taught more than I expected, I educated myself more than I expected, I enjoyed it more than I expected, and I really was more interested than I expected to be. I’m so happy, I achieved a distinction.

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proofreading and editing course graduate David Hardy

There is a practical emphasis and all the learning materials are well designed, with handy hints for doing real-life work.
Tutorial support from Julian Brouwer has been first-rate. The feedback has been useful.

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Paisley McNab: Proofreading and editing course

The course went above and beyond my expectations. The quality of the tutorial support was excellent. My tutor, Jennie Harborth, also marked my assignments quickly yet thoroughly.

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Kasthuri R: proofreading and editing course

The way I handle things at my workplace has improved a lot over a period of time because of this course.

The course was perfect and I can’t ask for more. Cleland is a dedicated and supportive tutor who is interested in students’ success.

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Hilary Boland: proofreading and editing course

The course exceeded my expectations. The tutorial support was excellent - insightful and prompt. The course content was very detailed and presented fruitful challenges, which enhanced my knowledge and ability.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Manuela Richter: proofreading & editing course

I can honestly say I recommend this course! The content was excellent, easy to follow and full of insider tips. Within two days of passing, I took on my first two clients. I wish I had taken this course a lot earlier.

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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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Course overview

Proofreading course studentOur proofreading and editing course will equip you with the editorial skills you need to become a qualified and in demand proofreader or editor.

This comprehensive course is ideal for beginners with little or no prior knowledge.

It is also suitable for people who want to refresh their existing skills, and gain a recognised diploma to demonstrate that they are a qualified proofreader and editor. 

Companies and organisations are in constant need of proofreaders and editors to work on a range of documents, including:

  • reports and brochures
  • webpages
  • books
  • newspapers and magazines

Our popular online proofreading and editing course can help you secure this type of work, as an employee or freelancer.  

As well as helping many individuals become successful proofreaders, this course is also used to train staff from some of the UK's leading organisations, including British Gas, Royal Mail and the NHS. See our other clients

We do not just teach you how to proofread and edit documents. We teach you how to work as a professional proofreader or copy editor, on paper and on screen.

This includes developing such skills as fact-checking, working to tight deadlines and professionally presenting your copy.

We have an excellent track record in helping our proofreading and editing learners find work, set up as successful freelancers and apply new skills to their current roles. See some examples below, and please email us if you'd like to see more.

We offer unlimited tutor support throughout, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

Our aim is to give you the best learning experience you've ever had, or ever will have.

Former student, Erik Sebok, thought our learning material was "excellent". He was also impressed by our "absolutely phenomenal tutor support." See his full review  

Another succesful graduate, Jo Alexander, said the course "surpassed her expectations", and "taught her more than she expected". See her full review

Our comprehensive proofreading and editing course will teach you how to:

  • proofread and edit documents in hardcopy and online format
  • work with spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • understand and apply proofreading symbols and style guides
  • present clear, factually-accurate and legally-compliant copy
  • set up a freelance business and find paid work

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing, a learner unit summary, listing all of the subjects you have studied, and the accredited CMP diploma in proofreading and editing.

Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified proofreader and editor. 

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Qualification

ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive the ABC Awards proofreading and editing level 4 diploma, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This proofreading and editing course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in proofreading and editing, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified proofreader / editor.

These awards will enable you to apply for proofreading / editing jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.

How does the course work?

Our courses are delivered online. This means you can study at a pace you're completely comfortable with and fit your course around your lifestyle.

You'll also benefit from having a personal course tutor who will mark your assignments, answer your questions and give helpful and friendly advice.

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Who is this course for?

Our proofreading and editing course is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. We've worked with:

  • beginners wanting to become professional proofreaders / editors
  • people who need to work accurately, as part of their job roles
  • businesses of all sizes
  • website and blog owners who need to check their own content
  • freelance writers who need to produce error free copy
  • individuals who want to proofread as a hobby
  • existing proofreaders / editors looking to refresh or upgrade their current skills

Course subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to get started in the world of proofreading and editing. It is delivered in UK English.

Each assignment will be personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you will receive expert feedback at each stage.

Lesson 01: The basics
  • What the proofreader does
  • The proofreader's personal qualities
  • Proofreading terminology
  • The publishing process
Lesson 02: Applying style
  • What a style guide is used for
  • How to use a style guide
  • Apply style to a range of copy
Lesson 03: Spelling and grammar
  • Where to find reliable spelling and grammar facilities
  • Spotting and correcting spelling and grammar errors

 
Lesson 04: Proofreading on paper
  • Proofreading on paper symbols
  • Proofreading methods and techniques
  • Marking up copy clearly and accurately
Lesson 05: Proofreading on screen
  • On screen proofreading symbols
  • Methods and techniques for on screen proofreading
  • Marking up copy clearly and accurately
Lesson 06: Copy-editing basics
  • What a copy editor does
  • Levels of editing
  • The client's brief
  • Editing with the reader in mind
Lesson 07: Copy-editing - use of language
  • Learn summarising techniques
  • Edit for fluent, plain and simple copy
  • Edit to remove inappropriate material
  • Edit copy for multicultural audiences  
Lesson 08: Checking accuracy and facts
  • Analyse words and phrases for accurate meaning
  • Identify and correct factual errors

Lesson 09: Copy-editing - other elements
  • Edit front and back matter such as footnotes, title pages, contents pages, appendices, references and indexes
     
Lesson 10: Legal checks
  • Explain the basics of key publishing laws: copyright, defamation, data protection, privacy and contempt of court
  • Apply publishing laws to a range of exercises
     
Lesson 11: Finding work 
  • How to find proofreading and editing work
  • How to build your own business

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How long will it take?

The duration of this course is approximately 40-60 hours. You fit these hours in whenever is best for you.

We offer complete flexibility, with no deadlines or time limits. This means you can study at a pace that you're completely comfortable with, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

On average, people take around three months to complete this course, but it doesn't matter if you take longer, each learner is different.

There are no set start dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

Price and payment

The price of our proofreading and editing course is £294.50 (incl. VAT). This fee can either be paid in full, or over three interest free monthly payments of £98.16

Course tutor 1: Rachel FinneganRachel Fiinnegan

Freelance editor | proofreader

Irish Academic Editing | Member of SfEP and AFEPI

We provide you with a personal tutor who will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice whenever you need it.

All our tutors are professionals who are still working in their sectors. They will be there to help you every step of the way. And you can contact them whenever you need to.

Rachel Finnegan is one of the tutors for students on CMP’s proofreading and editing course.

She has a BA and a PhD in classics, and is a member of both the Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI).

She runs her own editing business, Irish Academic Editing. Her skills include proofreading, copyediting, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.

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Course tutor 2: Julian Brouwer

Proofreader | freelance journalist

UK national newspapers | UK national magazines | New York magazines

Julian is a journalist and proofreader with some 25 years' experience

He worked as a proofreader for a group of newspapers and a host of other London-based organisations, so he is used to finding errors that even eagle-eyed subeditors miss.

As well as working as a proofreader, he runs a successful news agency Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK.

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Accreditation 

It's important to study online with a provider you can trust. You will be in safe hands studying with us. We have been running our online courses since 2003. 

We are listed on the government's UK Register of Learning Providerswhich is run by the Department for Education. 

We are fully accredited by three recognised organisations:

Our accrediting bodies have reciprocal arrangements with other countries, meaning you can study this course from anywhere in the world. We have students in more than 100 countries.

Student discount card

Our proofreading and editing course enables you to get an NUS student discount card, enabling you to save money on more than 170 brands across the UK.

You can get 10% off at the Co-op, 5% off at Amazon, 10% off at Superdrug, 10% off at New Look, and 20% off at WH Smith. Plus many more. 



 


 

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What will I need to study this course?

In order to study our proofreading and editing course, you'll need the following:

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • access to Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat software
  • an email account
  • good UK English spelling, grammar and punctuation.

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Where you could fit in as a proofreader or editor

Our proofreading and editing course will show you how to make a piece of raw copy readable, error-free, and legally-compliant.

Why is this important?

Because each year millions of pages of error-strewn, inaccurate copy are generated by companies and organisations. And sub-standard material affects their reputations.

This means there is a constant supply of work for skilled proofreaders and editors, who whip these pages in to shape and make them suitable for publication.

As a copy editor, it is your job to take raw text and make all the necessary corrections, from factual errors to readability issues.

As a proofreader, you provide a final quality check before the document is sent for publication.

Our online proofreading and editing course teaches you both sets of distinct but complementary skills, and how to apply them in real-world situations.

Former student, Tiffany Shand, enjoyed success with us after a disappointing experience with another distance learning provider that almost stopped her from pursuing proofreading. See her review

As a proofreader or copy editor, you could be:

  • getting your foot in the door of the major publishing companies
  • working in a highly-specialised area, such as legal or academic publishing
  • running a freelance business, working on a range of projects for your clients

Former student, Andrea Durant, secured work before the end of the course. See her review

Another of our students, Manuela Richter, took on her first two clients within days of completing our course. See her review

If you would like to earn extra income, or even start an exciting new career, our comprehensive proofreading and editing course will teach you all the skills you need.

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CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to gain recognition and find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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This course gets results

Individuals and businesses across the UK and beyond testify that this course met their needs. 

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for proofreading and copy editing jobs or freelance work.

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SfEP membership

You can apply for entry level membership of Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) any time before, during or after the course.

You can then begin work on upgrading your membership to a higher level if you want to.

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To upgrade, you need evidence of training and proofreading/editing experience.

The CMP diploma will be accepted as part of the training requirement at all levels. See details

We go the extra mile

We will still be here to help you, even after you have completed your course. There’s no cut-off point.

We provide:

  • personal careers advice
  • help with your CV
  • help looking for work
  • a reference when applying for jobs

What happens when I enrol?

Once you have completed your enrolment form, and have paid your fee, we will be in touch very quickly via email, usually within 15-20 minutes, during office hours. We will send your introductory materials so you can get started. 

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

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Course reviews

Wendy Wilson: proofreading & editing courseThe 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. Wendy Wilson

Jocelyn Roberts: proofreading and editing courseThe course was above my expectations. It was fantastic and was extensive and challenging. My tutor was Jennie Harborth, she was fantastic. She gave me a lot of help and advice and was always quick with a response. Jocelyn Roberts

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