Proofreading and editing course - (Level 4 Diploma)

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Proofreading and editing course - (Level 4 Diploma):

An accredited proofreading course for individuals and businesses

Practical and engaging assignments | Unlimited tutor support | Accredited certification

Our proofreading and editing course will equip you with the editorial skills you need to become a certified 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.

This comprehensive online course is ideal for:

  • Beginners.
  • Proofreaders and copy editors who want an accredited award.
  • 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.
  • People who want to develop their skills or retrain.

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, and business documents.
  • Webpages.
  • Books.
  • Commercial copy and brochures.
  • Newspapers and magazines.

Our online proofreading and editing course course covers all these areas and others.

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.

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.

Course subjects

Lesson 01: The basics

Lesson 02: Applying style

Lesson 03: Spelling and grammar

Lesson 04: Proofreading on paper

Lesson 05: Proofreading on screen

Lesson 06: Copy-editing basics

Lesson 07: Copy-editing - use of language

Lesson 08: Checking accuracy and facts

Lesson 09: Copy-editing - other elements

Lesson 10: Legal checks

Lesson 11: Finding work and developing your career


Our proofreading and editing course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. So at the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards 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 level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified proofreader and editor.

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

Additional entry requirements

No experience or previous qualifications are required for this course. It is available to people of all ages and abilities. The only thing we ask is that you have good English written skills.

Awarding body

ABC Awards

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Course info


Nationally recognised qualification


UK qualification

This course is offered to anyone in the world, but its qualification is only relevant in this country.

Study Hours:

Variable - to suit the learner


Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Virtual help:

You will benefit from unlimited

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Course type:

Online course

Total time for completion:

No time limit

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A good all-round course with lots of valuable learning points
4 5
by Matthew - December 2018

I really enjoyed the flexibility of this course - having started it in January 2017 and just finished in December 2018, it's great not to have imposed deadlines (although some users may prefer a more rigorous approach). The contents are interesting and great preparation for future career plans. The tutorial support good - and prompt. Any clarification was usually dealt with in a timely manner.

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Excellent course
5 5
by Nikki - June 2018

The course was well put together, easy to follow and the forum was user-friendly.

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Great course and good value
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by Rory - December 2018

If you're thinking of entering Copwriting or are seeking to build on your existing skills this is a good course that covers just about every form of copywriting I can think of. The assignments get more and more challenging (the writing for web, social media and blogs assignment is a monster!) but ultimately that's what you want in an online course - to be stretched. The website online learning area is easy to navigate and your tutor is helpful and quick to mark your assignments. I've only just completed the course and am now considering doing the editing and proofreading one too.

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I signed up for this course in order to be more professional with my writings skills. I am really amazed by the content as it meets my expectations, honestly at first all online courses were challenging but once I familiarise myself with the concept of distance learning method I realized that there is no difference between online course or the traditional one. In fact, online learning is more effective than the old-fashioned techniques where you don't need to memorize materials instead, you go through challenging assignments where you conduct some research and gather the right information for better writing.My tutor Justine 's feedback set me on the the right path with excellent instructions all throughout my course.

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