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Learn the editorial skills you need to proofread and edit documents on paper and on screen

Proofreading and editing course overview

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Our proofreading and editing course will equip you with the editorial skills you need to become a qualified 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, Lloyds Bank, Virgin Holidays, Royal Mail and American Association for Cancer Research use this practical proofreading course to train their writers. And many individuals testify that it is effective and great value for money.

Successful proofreading course 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:

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

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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.
  • Webpages.
  • Books.
  • Commercial copy and brochures.
  • Newspapers and magazines.

Our proofreading 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 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 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.

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Proofreading course subjects

Prooofreading course assignment

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.

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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.

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Proofreading course qualifications

Our proofreading and editing course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme, which is regulated by Ofqual. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards and Certa Awards level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing course, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.

The ABC Awards and Certa Awards diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 4 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards and Certa Awards are leading national awarding bodies that are both 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.

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Proofreading 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.

Proofreading 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 by our proofreading course learners, 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 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.

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Proofreading course tutor 2: Julian BrouwerProofreading course tutor, Julian Brouwer

Proofreader | freelance journalist

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 by our proofreading course learners, for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.

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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 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 on the proofreading course?

There are no set enrolment dates. You can begin studying this proofreading course 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.

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Proofreading course: Knowledge base

Proofreading course subjects

This comprehensive proofreading 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 proofreading course 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.
  • 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 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: An introduction to academic editing

  • 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.

On successful completion of this proofreading course, you’ll be sent your qualification. Scroll to the ‘qualifications’ section to find out more.

Proofreading course student’s charity job success

 

CMP proofreading course graduate, Veronique O’Donoghue, has secured a publishing job with a leading education charity.

Veronique, who graduated from the course last year, has been appointed assistant publishing manager with AQA

Veronique manages AQA’s day-to-day publishing activities, and focuses on overseeing schedules and managing publishing collateral.

AQA is the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges.

AQA is an independent charity and set and mark the papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year.

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Our Proofreading Course Tutors

 

We have two tutors on our proofreading 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 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.

Tutor 2: Julian BrouwerProofreading course tutor, Julian Brouwer

Proofreader | freelance journalist

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 proofreading 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.

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Why some smaller websites often contain proofreading errors

 

Our proofreading course students find that many small businesses have temporary errors on their websites, for purely practical reasons. They are caused by a problem that confronts many organisations that publish on the web.

Their webeditors don’t usually proofread the webpages. This means the proofreader checks them when they are published.

But this means there is a delay between publication and checking 
 and errors remain uncorrected in the meantime.

Obviously, this doesn’t happen in print. By the time something is published, it’s too late to change it.

Some websites use control panels with a “Preview” facility, which enables checking before publication.

But using this tool adds another layer of organisation that many small businesses can’t cope with.

We advise our proofreading course students to arrange to check completed pages as soon as they are published.

CMP graduate Dallas wins rave reviews

 

Proofreading course graduate, Dallas Berge

CMP proofreading course graduate, Dallas Berge, has been getting great reviews for her proofreading work.

Dallas, who passed her proofreading course with distinction earlier this year, has been doing jobs for Freelancer.com.

One client said: “I appreciate her eye for details. Beside standard editing work she added explanations for each particular corrections. For me that is a signal of high sense of professionalism.”

Another added: “Really high-quality work! Dallas is always able to hit the deadline. I will definitely hire her again!”

And another satisfied customer said: “Great work with a highly professional and pedagogical approach. I absolutely recommend as an editor!”

Proofreading Course: Good Grammar

 

Our proofreading 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.

Remember, the style guide is always right, so this is why you, as a proofreader, should check the style guide first, before using the dictionary or the grammar book.

However, grammar is not generally covered in the style guide. English grammar rules are much the same in any good grammar book, but please use the Blue Book of Grammar’s rules for this course.

If you need help with learning English grammar, try using free resources available online.

Using software to help

Some copy editors use software to help them edit text. Your copy of MS word or OpenOffice should be able to catch quite a few spelling and grammar errors, though do not rely on this.

Additional software that will pick up spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes is also available. Some popular ones are:

http://grammarly.com/

http://www.whitesmoke.com/

There are also programmes that read text back to you. Some editors find it useful to hear the text to establish if it makes sense and flows well.

Your computer may also have a screen reader.

It is not our place to recommend these or any other packages. Some people swear by them and others avoid them. It is a matter of experimentation and choice.

However, our advice is: even if you do use editing or checking software, you still need to read copy through thoroughly to make sure nothing has been missed, or has been changed when it should not have been.

Software can provide useful backup but should never be considered the only editing method. This is because some words may slip past the software net and could cause a proofreader or copy editor some embarrassing moments if they send the text off without having checked it thoroughly first.

Needless to say, make sure you have checked all your assignments before submitting them. It’s also good practice to extend your correct use of grammar to emails and social media posts. 

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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.”

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Proofreading course graduate launches business in Sri Lanka

 

CMP proofreading course graduate, Darshanie Prematilake, has set up a freelance business in Sri Lanka.

Darshanie started Edit and Read after gaining a distinction on her online proofreading and editing course.

She offers high-quality services for a range of documents, both in print and online.

Darshanie has also graduated from CMP’s blogging and copywriting courses.

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It can take time to build up proofreading work

 

Our proofreading course is popular because it gives tips and strategies for finding work. And our tutors are able to help when it comes to finding and applying for jobs and contracts.

We tell our online proofreading course students to sort out their social media profiles first, by promoting themselves on LinkedIn and Twitter to start with. Profiles must be professional, not personal, and must integrate with your website in terms of design / content etc.

It’s also important to create a professional email signature.

We tell our proofreading course students to use a multi-pronged approach to finding work:

  1. Send out targeted on-spec letters.
  2. Apply for advertised work.
  3. Start networking among contacts.

You may have to start on low-level editing projects to start with. There are plenty of authors who are self-publishing on Create Space and need editing services.

Most of our proofreading course graduates find it takes time to build up a client base and a decent income. It may take 12 months to build up a reliable and reasonable income.

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Proofreading course assists with SfEP membership evidence

 

CMP’s popular proofreading course enables graduates to apply for membership of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

A number of our online proofreading course graduates have joined the society after learning new editorial skills during their studies.

The SfEP has various membership levels. See them here

Anyone can join at entry-level. However, you have to provide evidence to achieve Intermediate, Professional, or Advanced levels. Our proofreading course provides students with the skills they need to carry out jobs that produce evidence.

For example, Lola Bailey graduated from us last year, and has recently been accepted as an Intermediate member.

CMP’s proofreading course is also popular because we help graduates find work. We assist in several ways, depending on the student’s needs. Our services include:

  1. Helping with CVs and job application letters.
  2. Promoting graduates services / businesses on our news feed, blogroll and Student forum.
  3. Informing them of work opportunities.
  4. Advising them on their websites, blogs and social media activities.

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Ben starts business after finishing proofreading course

 

CMP proofreading and editing course graduate, Ben Sneath, has launched his own business providing editorial services.

Ben took our proofreading course to redefine his skills after several years working as a journalist.

He has experience working for clients including Nursing Standard and Travel Trade Gazette.

He said: ‘I offer clients a range of editorial services, including digital and print proofreading, copyediting and writing. I’ve been a freelancer for over 15 years and built-up a large list of clients – from media groups to start-up publications and sites.

‘I’ve been passionate about the written word all my life and I achieved a BA in English Literature at Swansea University. This passion led me into the world of journalism and publishing. I started as an editorial assistant and later established myself as a freelance copy-editor and writer.’

​Ben added: ‘I went on to complete the NCTJ News Journalism diploma to improve my writing and media law knowledge. While, to nail my grammar and editing skills, I recently passed CMP’s proofreading and editing diploma. I can now offer all these skills to my clients.’

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