Core proofreading courses

Our core proofreading courses are designed to introduce you to the skills and knowledge that you’ll need to be successful as a proofreader. If you want to work as a freelance proofreader, you’ll need a sure way to prove your professional competence in a competitive market.

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

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



Proofreading 1: Introduction

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


Proofreading 2: Headway

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


Proofreading 3: Progress

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

Proofreading courses FAQs

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

We strongly recommend that students start with Proofreading 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 Proofreading 3: Progress. However, completion of all three stages of the proofreading suite will prepare students well for a successful career in proofreading.

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 Proofreading 1: Introduction, and at least 20–25 hours for Proofreading 2: Headway and Proofreading 3: Progress.

Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

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

Does completion of the course(s) count towards my CIEP membership upgrade application?

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

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