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Become a certified proofreader and copy editor  

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  • Delivering proven results since 2003

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This proofreading and copy editing course has an outstanding track record in helping people begin new proofreading careers.

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  • Proofreading course summary

    • Price: £494.50 or 4 monthly payments of £123.62. See payment options

    • Duration: Self-paced as long as you need

    • Requirements: Good written English. Take our proofreading challenge

    • Tutor marked assignments: 11 practical tutor marked assignments. See course subjects

    • Government registered?: Yes. UKRLP Number – 10008168. See our listing

    • Accreditation: CPD | EADL

    • Quality endorsed by: The Quality Licence Scheme

    • Awards: The Quality Licence Scheme certificate of Achievement & Accredited CMP Diploma. See samples

    Real success stories from real people

    Felicity Yau kick-starts her proofreading career

    Felicity graduated from our proofreading course earlier this year and is now running her own business as a proofreader and copy editor. She is one of many proofreading course learners to have gone on to a successful freelance career.

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    Staff training and group bookings

    Book this proofreading course for staff training

    Organisations including British Gas, Cancer Research UK, The NHS and Virgin Media have chosen this proofreading and copy editing course to train individual staff members and whole teams.

    The course is designed to be completely flexible, which gives staff members the freedom to fit their studies around their other duties, and apply their new practical proofreading skills directly to their jobs.

    Interested in booking this proofreading and copy editing course for yourself, an individual staff member or multiple members of your team? Please call us on 01243 930353 or use the ‘enquire now’ button below to submit a written enquiry. We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Our proofreading and editing course will equip you with the editorial skills you need to become a certified proofreader and copy editor.
    This online proofreading course will show you how to correct printed documents and webpages, and make them readable and legally compliant.

    Many leading corporations including British Gas, Cancer Research UK, Lloyds Bank, the NHS and Virgin Media, use this practical proofreading course to train their staff. And many individuals testify that it is effective and great value for money.

    Successful proofreading course graduate Judith Manville, who is now working as a full time freelance proofreader and copy editor from her home in France, told us she thought the tutorial support was “superb.” Read her full review

    Another recent graduate, Chantal Da Costa, who is a content and features writer for Yello Media Group (formerly Yell) told us: “I learned so much
    from this course. I am now able to review the work of my coworkers.
    I have a better appreciation for: proofreading, grammar, spelling, the rules of style,
    how to create an in-house style and the levels of copy editing.” Read more learner success stories

    Who is this proofreading course for?

    This accredited online course is ideal for:

    • People who want to learn proofreading and editing from scratch.
    • People who want to start a freelance business.
    • Staff training and development.
    • People who want to create a new income stream.
    • Proofreaders and copy editors who want an endorsed award to attract more clients.
    • People from teaching backgrounds who want to change careers or create a new income stream.
    • Website and blog owners who need to check their own content.
    • Writers who need to produce error-free copy.

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    Summer Sale – Save £197.80 on this course!

    You can save £197.80 (40%) on this course until 22/08/22 – 11pm.

    This accredited proofreading and copy editing course is completely flexible, which means you can take advantage of the sale price and begin learning when you choose – even if it’s not until later in 2022.

    Discount code: SUMMER40 | Offer ends: 22/08/22 – 11pm (Monday).

    See what this proofreading course teaches

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

    • Proofread and copy edit documents, either in print or onscreen.
    • Apply style guides and BSI proofreading symbols.
    • Make written content easier to read.
    • Set up a freelance business and find paid work.
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    We have a proven track record in helping our proofreading and editing learners find work, set up as successful freelancers and learn new skills to use in the workplace.

    See some examples below, and you can read lots more success stories on our proofreading and editing news feed

    There is an unprecedented demand for skilled proofreaders and copy editors.

    Each year, companies and organisations produce millions of documents and webpages that contain errors and inaccuracies. This affects their reputations.

    They need certified proofreaders and copy editors to work on:

    • Reports, letters, emails and business documents.
    • Website content, blogs, white papers and materials for brand advocacy.
    • Books.
    • Commercial copy and sales literature.
    • Brochures, leaflets and magazines.

    Our proofreading course covers all these areas and many others.

    It is one of the most comprehensive and up to date proofreading courses on the market. See all course subjects

    You will study in our Online Learning Area, which is accessible from a computer or a mobile app.

    This means the course is flexible, and gives you the chance to tackle practical, real-world proofreading and editing tasks at home, at work or on the go.

    You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

    Successful proofreading course graduate Peter Fullagar told us: “The tutor support makes the course outstanding.
    Excellent feedback given in a timely manner. The course content went beyond what I was expecting.” Read his review

    As a certified proofreader and copy editor, you could be:

    • Raising the quality of your organisation’s content.
    • Working in a specialised area, such as legal, medical, academic or scientific publishing.
    • Running your own freelance business.

    If you have a keen eye for detail, becoming a proofreader and copy editor is a great way to earn good money.

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    Proofreading and copy editing course tutors

    We have two tutors on our proofreading and editing course. Julian Brouwer and Shuna Meade are both active, professional proofreaders and copyeditors with decades of experience between them.

    They will provide you with personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and give you expert careers guidance, so you get the very best out of the course.

    Proofreading course tutor 1: Julian BrouwerProofreading course tutor, Julian Brouwer

    Proofreader | Copyeditor | freelance journalist

    Julian Brouwer has 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.

    He is still very much involved within the proofreading industry, and runs a successful news agency, Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK. He used to have his own column in the Daily Express.

    Julian has also provided proofreading and editing training for some well respected businesses, including Cancer research UK, Santander, United Nations and Virgin Holidays.

    He is often praised by our proofreading course learners, for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.

    Find out more about Julian

    Proofreading course tutor 2: Shuna Meade

    Freelance copyeditor | Proofreader | Publisher

    Shuna is a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors.

    Before training as a professional editor and proofreader, she spent 20 years living and working in London, including eight years in the music business at EMI Music International, where she helped integrate new EMI companies into the business.

    Some of Shuna’s proofreading and editing clients include self-publishing authors, published indie authors, publishers, and small business owners. She has even edited the autobiography of a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame member.

    Shuna has also provided proofreading and copy editing training for some well respected organisations including The House of Lords, The NHS and Manchester City Council.

    Find out more about Shuna

    Proofreading course accreditation and quality

    We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:

    Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.

    Proofreading course certifications

    Our proofreading and editing course has been independently endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme which is a product of the Skills and Education Group, who endorse high-quality, non-regulated courses and training programmes.

    So at the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).

    In addition, you will receive the accredited CMP diploma in proofreading and editing, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a certified proofreader and copy editor.

    These certifications will enable you to apply for proofreading and editing jobs, find freelance work, or use your new skills in the workplace.

    Proofreading and editing course subjects

    This vocational proofreading course covers every aspect of proofreading and copy editing. It is one of the most comprehensive and up to date courses on the market, covering current topics that are vital to a proofreader and copy editor’s role.

    Each lesson includes a practical assignment which will be based on real world proofreading and copy editing scenarios.

    All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving expert feedback at each stage of your course. Your tutor will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

    Lesson 01: The basics

    • What the proofreader does.
    • The proofreader’s personal qualities.
    • Proofreading terminology.
    • The publishing process.
    • Document control New topic
      • Processes and techniques for keeping track of documents when several people / versions / locations are involved.

    Lesson 02: Applying style

    • What a style guide is used for.
    • How to use a style guide.
    • Applying different styles to printed and online documents. New topic
    • Coordinating editorial style with brand and visual style rules. New topic

    Lesson 03: Spelling, punctuation and grammar

    • Where to find reliable spelling and grammar facilities.
    • Explain the need for accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation when proofreading and editing.
    • Apply spelling, grammar and punctuation rules to a range of exercises.
    • Spotting and correcting spelling and grammar errors.

    Lesson 04: Proofreading onscreen

    • Proofreading and editing using Adobe Reader annotations and sticky notes. New topic
    • Proofreading and editing using Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, Google Docs, LibreOffice Writer, Apache, OpenOffice Writer, Zoho Writer or WPS Office Writer. New topic
    • Working with others using MS Teams. New topic
    • How to proofread webpages. New topic
    • How to proofread text in a Content Management System. New topic
    • How to proofread metadata. New topic
    • How to proofread alt text. New topic
    • How to proofread transcribed text using Otter.ai. New topic
    • How to proofread text that has been translated from another language. New topic

    Lesson 05: Copy-editing basics

    • What a copy editor does.
    • Levels of editing.
    • The client’s brief.
    • Editing with the reader in mind.
    • Editing different tones and registers. New topic
    • Globalisation copy editing New topic
    • Proofreading and editing these: New topics
      • Title pages.
      • Contents pages.
      • Lists of illustrations.
      • XML tags.

    Lesson 06: Copy-editing use of language

    • Learn summarising techniques.
    • Editing techniques that make text fluent, plain and simple to read.
    • Identifying and replacing clichés and inappropriate material.
    • Editing copy for multicultural and global audiences.
    • Copy editing in a ‘woke’ world. New topic

    Lesson 07: Checking accuracy and facts

    • Analyse words and phrases for accurate meaning.
    • Identify and correct factual errors.
    • Reliable fact checking in a fake news world. New topic
    • Dealing with misleading promotional copy. New topic

    Lesson 08: Legal checks

    After studying this Lesson, you will be able to discuss how the following laws affect copy editors and apply them to a range of real world situations:

    • Copyright law.
    • Trademark law.
    • Defamation law.
    • Data protection law.

    Lesson 09: Proofreading on paper

    • Proofreading on paper BSI symbols.
    • Proofreading methods and techniques.
    • Compiling and presenting a query list.
    • Marking up copy clearly and accurately.

    Lesson 10 (Optional): Academic editing

    This Lesson concentrates on editing academic, medical and scientific editing, and fictional documents.

    It is optional, so you may skip it and go on to Lesson 11, if you wish.

    Lesson 11: Finding work and developing your career

    • How to boost your speed and efficiency.
    • How to negotiate fees and tie up the details of proofreading and copy editing jobs.
    • How to find proofreading and editing work.
    • How to build your own freelance business.

    Once you have completed this course you will have learned the practical skills to proofread and edit the following:

  • Posters and adverts.
  • Leaflets, competitions, mailshots and brochures.
  • Advertising features.
  • Scripts or jingles for TV and radio.
  • Business material: reports, letters, corporate communications.
  • Marketing and sales proposals.
  • Press releases.
  • Legal and medical publications
  • Content for the web.
  • Research papers, dissertations and other academic material.
  • Official reports and white papers.
  • Sales and promotional literature.
  • Marketing and promotional copy for direct mail and emails.
  • Materials for brand advocacy.
  • Books.
  • Fictional content.
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    How does this proofreading course work?

    This proofreading course is delivered online. So, you can study at a pace you’re completely comfortable with and fit your studies around your lifestyle.

    You can use a computer, or our exclusive app to work on a tablet or smartphone.

    What will I need to study this proofreading course?

    We aim to keep our course delivery as simple as possible, so people of all ages, locations and abilities can take part.

    This is what you will need to study our proofreading course:

    We aim to keep our course delivery as simple as possible, so people of all ages, locations and abilities can take part.

    This is what you will need to study our proofreading and editing course:

    • Access to a computer, tablet or similar device.
    • Internet access.
    • Microsoft Word. The MAC version is acceptable.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • An email account.

    How long will it take?

    This proofreading course is designed to be as flexible as you need it to be. There are no deadlines, time limits or expiry dates. So, you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

    On average, our learners who commit to 4 hours per week to their studies, will usually complete this course within 4 months.

    Money back guarantee

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your proofreading course you are entitled to a full refund within 14 days of your enrolment.

    There are no catches or exceptions. For more information, please see our money back guarantee page

    US version of the proofreading course

    We offer a separate version of this course for those living in the US, Canada or any other country that uses US English.  

    This version of the course uses The Chicago Manual of Style, and is taught by Julian Brouwer, who has worked for some of America’s top publications.

    If you’d like to book this version of the course, please proceed in the usual way – by clicking on the yellow ‘Buy this course button’ and on the second page of the enrolment form in the field which says ‘Employer’, please write – US version of the course.

    We will then ensure that you are put onto the correct version of this course.

    Price: The price of this course in US dollars is $571.45. This fee does not include UK taxes. This fee covers your materials, unlimited tutorial support, marking of your assignments, certificates and post-course careers advice.

    We accept PayPal and all major card issuers, including American Express.

    Time difference: We work with learners in 110 countries across the globe, and in every time zone. Many of our learners are based in the US and Canada, and find that the time difference is not an issue.

    Staff training and group bookings

    Organisations including  British Gas, John Lewis, Oxfam and Santander have chosen this proofreading course to train individual staff members and whole teams.

    Interested in booking this course for a member of your team? Please call us on 01243 930353 or use the ‘enquire now’ button below to submit a written enquiry. We look forward to hearing from you!

    What happens when I enrol?

    There are no set enrolment dates which means you can book this proofreading course 24 hours a day – 365 days a year.

    Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area and a document called ‘enrolment pack’, which explains how to get started, who your tutor is and other important information.

    You will get immediate access to your learning materials upon purchase, but you are under no obligation to begin studying until you are ready.

    Proofreading course payment options

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    This proofreading course costs £494.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we offer a wide range of secure payment methods, so you can purchase the course from wherever you live.

    You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £123.62 including VAT.

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    Is this proofreading course accredited? Yes. The course is externally accredited by 2 recognised organisations. It is also quality endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme.
    How long will the course take? This proofreading and editing course is flexible which means you can fit it around your lifestyle. On average, our learners who commit 4 hours per week to their studies, will usually complete it within 4 months.
    Can I take time out? Yes, many of our proofreading course learners take breaks from their studies, and continue from where they left off.
    What certification will I receive? You'll receive the Accredited CMP Diploma in proofreading and editing. You'll also receive a Certificate of Achievement endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).
    Can I study this proofreading course if I don't live in the UK? Yes, this proofreading course isn't just restricted to people in the UK. We have learners from all over Europe, and in America, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, New Zealand and many others. This course is internationally accredited, which means you can enrol with confidence no matter which country you live in.
    Do you send the certifications overseas? Yes. There are no additional charges for this.
    Can I apply for a job with the certification? Yes, many of our proofreading course learners use the certifications on their CV to apply for jobs.
    Will this proofreading course show me how to get started as a freelancer? Yes. We offer full support after the course, and give each learner expert advice on starting as a freelance proofreader. This includes advice on which rates to charge, which agencies to join and how to market yourself in the correct way in order to attract clients. We have lots of free resources in the Online Learning Area which are geared to helping you establish yourself as a freelance.
    Can this proofreading course be used for staff training? Yes. Many organisations, including British Gas, Lloyds Bank, BT, the NHS, TNT Magazine and Virgin Media, use this accredited proofreading course to train their staff.

    Because the course is flexible, you can fit it around your work commitments and apply your new proofreading and editing skills to your job as you learn them. You will also have lifetime access to the materials, so you can refer back to them later if you need to.
    How many tutor marked assignments are there? There are 11 lessons on this proofreading course, and 6 of them come with tutor marked assignments. Our tutors are often praised for the level of detail they go into when marking our learners assignments.
    Can I resubmit assignments if I fail? Yes. If you fail an assignment, your tutor will point out where you went wrong, and will give you constructive feedback which should help you achieve a pass grade when you resubmit.
    How much tutor time do I get? This is one of the only online proofreading courses that offers unlimited tutor support. This means you can contact your tutor with questions at any point during the course, and they will usually reply the same working day. This support also includes expert careers advice, help looking for work, help with CVs and covering letters, and much more!
    Can my employer pay for this course for me? Yes, on the second page of the proofreading course enrolment form, please select 'invoice to employer'. When your form reaches us, our finance team will send the invoice - usually the same working day.
    Will I have to start straight away? No. Because the proofreading course is flexible, you can purchase it and begin studying whenever you are ready. Lots of our learners take advantage of offers and discounts, but begin studying the course weeks or even months later.
    Can I pay for this course monthly? Yes. The payment plan for this proofreading course is 4 monthly instalments of £123.62. Unfortunately monthly instalments cannot be used with a discount or promotional offer.
    When can I enrol? You can enrol on our proofreading course 365 days a year. Upon enrolment, you'll receive your login details and enrolment pack, which means you can get started immediately... if you want to.

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