Word for Practical Editing (e-learning)

Word for Practical Editing offers a hands-on exploration of Microsoft Word for editing and proofreading. It is ideal for anyone who can use Word for general word processing but would like to apply Word’s features to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of editing.

About the course

The course describes Word features for PC and Apple Mac operating systems. It helps you to use the power of Word to do routine, repetitive tasks and leave you to get on with the finer points of editing. It includes units on Word styles and templates, Find and Replace and wildcard searches, and macros. The course is designed to follow through a typical client project and includes consideration of useful techniques for working on different types of document. Word for Practical Editing will raise your confidence in your ability to use Word effectively and efficiently.

What the course will teach you

By the time you’ve completed this training, you’ll understand:

  • which useful tools in Word will help you edit better, whether you are working on a PC or a Mac
  • how to use Word to do a lot of the heavy lifting of editing
  • how to use Word so that routine tasks are carried out quickly and accurately
  • where to go to find more tools.

Please note: this course does not cover the basics of word processing or Microsoft Word.

Course content

Unit 1: Which version?

  • Which version of Word you’re using

Unit 2: Starting a project

  • Assessing the project

  • Useful techniques for working on different types of document

  • Exercises, screencasts with commentary, examples and model answers

Unit 3: Cleaning up a document

  • Find and Replace

  • Wildcard searches

  • Macros

  • Exercises, screencasts with commentary, examples and model answers

Unit 4: Reading through and marking up

  • Checking your work

  • Marking up your edits

  • Exercises, screencasts with commentary, examples and model answers

Unit 5: Using styles and templates

  • Styles

  • Templates

  • Exercises, screencasts with commentary, examples and model answers

Unit 6: Finishing a project

  • Wrapping up your work

  • Exercises, screencasts with commentary, examples and model answers

Unit 7: Archiving and CPD

  • Creating an archive

  • Next steps and additional tools

  • Exercises, screencasts with commentary, examples and model answers

What skills and tools do you need?

This course follows British English spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions in the main. You’ll also need:

  • a foundational understanding of how to use Word
  • familiarity with the functions of word-processing programs – this course assumes use of MS Word (Office 365) for PC and Mac operating systems (OS).
  • fluency in English.


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Prices, timescales and upgrade points

  • Member: £170 + VAT
  • Non-member: £280 + VAT
  • Access to course: 6 months
  • Approximate study time to complete: 30–35 hours
  • CIEP upgrade points: 3

Key course features

Structured training

Structured units cover a range of topics relevant to your chosen course.

Self-paced learning

With our e-learning courses, learn when you want at a pace that’s convenient for you.

Training portal

Access your course via our user-friendly online training portal. All e-learning courses are accessible through the portal for six months from the date of enrolment.

Extra help

Additional tutor support is available on our self-assessed courses for a small fee.

Self-assessed exercises

Hone your skills with self-assessed exercises and quizzes, and mark your own work against model answers.


Download, print and keep a certificate of completion once you’ve finished your course so you can demonstrate your commitment to CPD.


This was a great course for anyone wanting to use Word in a more in-depth way for editing – I particularly liked the combination of study notes and screencasts as that really helped to reinforce the techniques and processes that were being taught.



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