Core copyediting courses

Our core copyediting courses will guide you through the core knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully work as an in-house or freelance copyeditor in the publishing industry. They’re also valuable for proofreaders looking to expand their offering.

Our copyediting training courses are designed by experienced practitioners to help get you up and running as a competent and professional copyeditor, and our training is highly regarded in the publishing industry.

Copyediting 1: Introduction is a self-assessed course, but students have access to a member of the CIEP tutor team should they need any support. Copyediting 2: Headway and Copyediting 3: Progress are both assessed courses, and students will work with a dedicated tutor throughout both courses. Find out more about our core copyediting courses below.



Copyediting 1: Introduction

Want to learn the basics of copyediting? Start with this introductory course.


Copyediting 2: Headway

Ready to hone your copyediting skills? This course is your next step.


Copyediting 3: Progress

Ready to consolidate your copyediting skills? Complete the suite with this final course.


Copyediting courses FAQs

Do I have to complete all three of the core copyediting courses?

We strongly recommend that students start with Copyediting 1: Introduction and work their way through the courses. However, we understand that students have varied levels of experience and existing skills and knowledge. If you feel that you meet the criteria listed on the relevant course page, you may be eligible to enrol directly on the Headway or Progress course. If you would like advice on which course is most relevant to you, please email our professional development manager at [email protected].

There’s no requirement to take Copyediting 3: Progress. However, completion of all three stages of the copyediting suite will prepare students well for a successful career in copyediting.

How long does each course take to complete?

Students have access to all CIEP e-learning courses for six months from the date of enrolment. We recommend allowing at least 10–15 hours of study time to complete Copyediting 1: Introduction, and at least 20–25 hours for Copyediting 2: Headway and Copyediting 3: Progress.

Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

Yes, all students receive a certificate upon completion of their copyediting course.

Do these courses count towards my CIEP membership upgrade application?

Yes. Completion of Copyediting 1: Introduction is worth 2 upgrade points, or 3 points upon successfully passing a short post-course quiz. Copyediting 2: Headway and Copyediting 3: Progress attract 2 upgrade points each for completion, with an additional 3 points each for passing the course.

Start copyediting with live webinars

Did you know we also offer Copyediting 1: Introduction as a virtual learning course?

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