Our proofreading and editing course will equip you with the editorial skills you need to become a qualified proofreader and copy editor. This online course will show you how to correct printed documents and webpages, and make them readable and legally compliant.
Many leading corporations including British Gas, Virgin Holidays, Royal Mail and American Association for Cancer Research have used this practical proofreading and editing course to train their writers. And many individuals testify that it is effective and great value for money.
Successful graduate Tom Pritchard, who secured regular proofreading work whilst studying the course, told us he thought his tutors were “clear and supportive”. Read his review
This comprehensive online course is ideal for:
Proofreaders and copy editors who want a recognised qualification.
People who want to start a freelance business.
Staff training and development.
Website and blog owners who need to check their own content.
Writers who need to produce error-free copy.
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. You can read lots of 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 qualified proofreaders and copy editors to work on:
Reports, letters, and business documents.
Commercial copy and brochures.
Newspapers and magazines.
Our online proofreading and editing course covers all these areas and others. See 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 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 proofreader and copy editor, you could be:
Raising the quality of your organisation’s content.
Working in a specialised area, such as legal or academic publishing.
Running a freelance business.
If you have a keen eye for detail, becoming a proofreader and copy editor is a great way to earn good money.
Proofreading and editing course subjects
This vocational course covers every aspect of proofreading and editing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world proofreading and editing.
Every assignment is personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll receive expert feedback on your progress.
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.
You can join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) as an entry level member.
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.
Enquire about this course
You should receive a personal reply within 30 minutes during office hours.
We may take up to one working day during busy periods.
How does the course work?
Our courses are 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.
Our proofreading and editing course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.
The ABC diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 4 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards is a leading national awarding body, and is regulated by Ofqual.
In addition, you will receive the fully accredited CMP diploma in proofreading and editing, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified proofreader and copy editor.
These awards will equip you to apply for proofreading and editing jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.
Proofreading and editing course tutors
We have two tutors on our proofreading and editing course. Rachel Finnegan and Julian Brouwer are both professional proofreaders and copy editors.
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.
Tutor 1: Rachel Finnegan
Freelance editor | proofreader
Rachel is a member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI). She is often praised for her friendly, approachable and encouraging manner.
She runs her own proofreading and editing business, Irish Academic Editing. Her skills include proofreading, copy editing, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.
She was a an academic administrator for three years and a lecturer in arts and humanities for 20 years; and is the author of six academic books (five published and one currently with a publisher) and numerous journal articles in the area of classics and the history of 18th-century travel and collecting.
Julian Brouwer 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 still works as a proofreader, 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.
He is often praised for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.
Our online courses are flexible. 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.
Most people take around three months to complete this course, but each learner is different.
There are no set start dates. You can enrol and begin studying when you want to.
What will I need?
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.
Microsoft Word. The MAC version is acceptable.
Adobe Acrobat Reader.
An email account.
This course costs £494.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we have a range of payment methods, so you can purchase your course wherever you live.
You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £123.62 including VAT.
What happens when I enrol?
There are no set enrolment dates. You can begin studying when you want to.
Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area.
There, you will find your learning materials and other resources. You can start studying when you want to.
Our courses are often used for staff training
Some of the world’s biggest corporations use our courses to train their workers.
They appreciate the flexibility. People can work step-by-step, in their own time, with input from an expert tutor when they need it. Many learners find they can apply their new skills to their jobs straight away.
Organisations who use our courses:
Proofreading and editing course subjects
This course covers every aspect of proofreading and copy editing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on the real world of proofreading. All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving expert feedback at each stage of the course.
Lesson 01: The basics
What the proofreader does.
The proofreader’s personal qualities.
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 onscreen
Onscreen proofreading symbols.
Methods and techniques for onscreen 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.
Proofreading course graduate launches new business
CMP proofreading course graduate, Lucy van Biljon, has just started her own business.
Lucy, who graduated from our proofreading and editing course two years ago, has launched Lucidity.
The business also provides copywriting services, as Lucy is also a CMP copywriting course graduate.
She said: “I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the support and advice I got from your tutors and head office team during my studies. The principal, Cleland Thom, was especially helpful while I was dithering over my business name!
“I’ve got two clients on my books within two weeks so fingers crossed they keep coming.”
Contact your course tutor whenever you need help. Your tutor will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice.
Your own study area
Learn in our easy-to-use online classroom, where you can access your course materials and other exclusive resources.
An app for flexible learning
Study on your tablet or smartphone with our app. Do your coursework, contact your tutor, chat to other learners and check your progress on the go.
Receive personal, detailed feedback from your course tutor. Your work will be returned quickly - within three working days - usually quicker.
Free online library
Download our free podcasts, videos, ebooks and tips files, during and after your course.
NUS Extra card
Apply for an NUS Extra student discount card and save money in restaurants, shops, rail journeys and much more. UK learners only.
A personal reference
Receive a personal reference from the college when you finish. Use it on your CV, website, and LinkedIn profile.
Qualify for an ABC Awards diploma. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual and has a long-established reputation for awarding high quality qualifications.
Career coaching scheme - free!
Join our free career coaching scheme when you finish the course. Work with our experts to find work and create a winning CV, job application letters, career blogs, websites and social media profiles. Stay on the scheme as long as you need to.
Use the CMP Charter Mark on your CV, website, professional profiles and stationery.
I am the tutor for students on CMP’s proofreading and editing course.
I have a BA and a PhD in classics, and am a member of both the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI).
I run my own editing business, Irish Academic Editing My skills include proofreading, copyediting, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.
My clients include academic publishers such as Swales & Willis (for Routledge), Irish Academic Press and Colourpoint Educational Books, local authorities, academic institutions, and individual writers and researchers.
I was a lecturer in arts and humanities for 20 years and have published five academic books and numerous journal articles in the area of classics and the history of 18th century travel and collecting.
UK national newspapers | UK national magazines | New York magazines
I am a journalist and proofreader with 25 years’ experience, and I am a tutor on CMP’s proofreading, music journalism and music blogging courses.
I started out on local newspapers and quickly moved on to some of Britain’s top national papers.
I worked as a proofreader for a group of newspapers and a host of other London-based organisations, so I am used to finding errors that even eagle-eyed subeditors miss.
As well as working as a proofreader, I run a successful news agency called Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK.
My writing has taken me all around the world and to New York, where I worked for some of America’s top publications and also found time to pen a daily column for the Daily Express.
I’m an avid music fan, and an experienced reviewer. I had my own music column that was syndicated across local newspapers in London, and have written about everything from the Rolling Stones to local pub gigs.