Proofreading suite of courses

Train to work as a proofreader with our three-part suite of courses

If you want to work as a freelance proofreader, you will need a sure way to prove your professional competence in a toughly 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.

Is there a gap in your proofreading skills?

If you are working in a company, training for proofreading may be scarce or idiosyncratic to your organisation. Perhaps you’ve been doing some proofreading for years but lack formal training. Our courses will give you the professional confidence that you need.

Take all three for a comprehensive grounding. You will learn at your own pace under the guidance of an experienced tutor.

Proofreading 1: Introduction

This course is designed to help you to decide whether proofreading is for you. It is a fairly short course covering the basics of the skills needed and the terminology involved. We strongly recommend that you start here, especially if you have no experience of the publishing industry or editorial work in general.

You will not be ready to start work on the basis of this course alone. We recommend that you follow-up with the Proofreading 2: Headway and Proofreading 3: Progress courses.

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Proofreading 1: Introduction

Proofreading 2: Headway

This course builds upon the skills and knowledge you gain at level 1. We hope that you have the opportunity to practise your new skills before tackling this second stage of training and that you are a little more familiar with the basics of proofreading before tackling level 2.

We do not recommend starting with this course. If you have not previously taken Proofreading 1: Introduction, you may find that you struggle with some of the work without the grounding given in that course.

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Proofreading 2: Headway

Proofreading 3: Progress

This course again builds on the skills and knowledge you have learned in the previous courses. You will get the most benefit from the course if you have had the opportunity to practise these skills and gain some experience before tackling this more advanced course.

We do not recommend tackling this course without having taken Proofreading 1: Introduction and Proofreading 2: Headway.

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Proofreading 3: Progress

Each level includes a variety of exercises, from public information to academic texts, providing plenty of scope for practice as you learn. In Proofreading 2 and 3, you will work with a tutor who will provide feedback and assess your assignments.

Mentoring

Once you have successfully completed Proofreading 3: Progress, you may like to consider our Mentoring scheme.

Mentoring is aimed at those who have already had some training and experience. You are normally expected to have successfully completed two CIEP or Publishing Training Centre training courses.

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