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Jun 3, 2018

Online proofreading and editing course (level 4)

An accredited proofreading course for individuals and businesses

Practical and engaging assignments | Unlimited tutor support  | Recognised qualification

Course summary

Learn the editorial skills you need to proofread and edit documents on paper and on screen

Price:£494.50 or 4 monthly payments of £123.62. Prices include VAT. Tutor support:Unlimited support from an expert. Requirements:Good written English. Take our proofreading challenge Duration:Self-paced, as long as you need Start date:No set dates. Start when you like. Delivery:Online. Available to:UK and international learners. Accreditation:ABC | CPD | EADL | ABCC | IADL. Government registered:Yes. UK Register of Learning Providers number: 10008168. Qualification:ABC Awards level 4 diploma. Awarded by:ABC Awards.

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Amelia Gregory

Proofreading and editing course

This course exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed it. My assignments were marked quickly with constructive feedback. I haven’t enjoyed a course as much as this one for a long time!

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Course overview

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

Successful graduate Tom Pritchard, who secured regular proofreading work whilst studying the course, told us he thought his tutors were “clear and supportive”. Read his review

This comprehensive online course is ideal for:


Easter Sale – Save 40% on this course

You can save 40% on this course in our Easter Sale.

Our online courses are completely flexible, and do not have specific start dates. This means you can book your course at the sale price, and begin studying when you choose – even if it’s not until later in the year.

To take advantage of this offer, use discount code EASTER18 at the checkout

Offer expires: 02/04/18 at 11pm.


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 qualified proofreaders and copy editors to work on:

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.

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

Successful graduate Emer Gary told us “The tutorial support was excellent, very timely, full of detailed help and advice, with excellent feedback and pointers”. Read her review

As a proofreader and copy editor, you could be:

If you have a keen eye for detail, becoming a proofreader and copy editor is a great way to earn good money.

We have an excellent track record in helping our proofreading and editing learners find work, set up as successful freelancers and apply new skills to their current roles. See some examples below. You can read lots more success stories on our proofreading and editing news feed

What will I get button 

Proofreading and editing course subjects

This vocational course covers every aspect of proofreading and editing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world proofreading and editing.

Every assignment is personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll receive expert feedback on your progress.

Our comprehensive proofreading and editing course will teach you how to:

You can join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) as an entry level member.

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Accreditation and quality

We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:

Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.

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We may take up to one working day during busy periods.


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How does the course work?

Our courses are delivered online. So, you can study at a pace you’re completely comfortable with and fit your studies around your lifestyle.

You can use a computer, or our exclusive app to work on a tablet or smartphone.


Our proofreading and editing course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.

The ABC diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 4 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards is a leading national awarding body, and is regulated by Ofqual.

In addition, you will receive the fully accredited CMP diploma in proofreading and editing, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified proofreader and copy editor.

These awards will equip you to apply for proofreading and editing jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.


Proofreading and editing course tutors

We have two tutors on our proofreading and editing course. Rachel Finnegan and Julian Brouwer are both professional proofreaders and copy editors.

They will provide you with personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and give you expert careers guidance, so you get the very best out of the course.

Tutor 1: Rachel Finnegan

Freelance editor | proofreader

Rachel is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI). She is often praised for her friendly, approachable and encouraging manner.

She runs her own proofreading and editing business, Irish Academic Editing. Her skills include proofreading, copy editing, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.

She was a lecturer in arts and humanities for 20 years and has published five academic books and numerous journal articles in the area of classics and the history of 18th century travel and collecting.

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Tutor 2: Julian Brouwer

Proofreader | freelance journalist

Julian Brouwer worked as a proofreader for a group of newspapers and a host of other London-based organisations. So, he is used to finding errors that even eagle-eyed subeditors miss.

He still works as a proofreader, and runs a successful news agency Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK. He used to have his own column in the Daily Express.

He is often praised for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.

How long will it take?

Our online courses are flexible. There are no deadlines, time limits or expiry dates. So, you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

Most people take around three months to complete this course, but each learner is different.

There are no set start dates. You can enrol and begin studying when you want to.

What will I need?

We aim to keep our course delivery as simple as possible, so people of all ages, locations and abilities can take part.

This is what you will need to study our proofreading and editing course:

Payment options

This course costs £494.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we have a range of payment methods, so you can purchase your course wherever you live.

You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £123.62 including VAT.

What happens when I enrol?

There are no set enrolment dates. You can begin studying when you want to.

Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area.

There, you will find your learning materials and other resources. You can start studying when you want to.

Our courses are often used for staff training

Some of the world’s biggest corporations use our courses to train their workers.

They appreciate the flexibility. People can work step-by-step, in their own time, with input from an expert tutor when they need it. Many learners find they can apply their new skills to their jobs straight away.

Organisations who use our courses:


Proofreading and editing course subjects

This course covers every aspect of proofreading and copy editing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on the real world of proofreading. All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving expert feedback at each stage of the course.

Lesson 01: The basics

Lesson 02: Applying style

Lesson 03: Spelling and grammar

Lesson 04: Proofreading on paper

Lesson 05: Proofreading onscreen

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

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When can I start?

You can sign up for this course 24 hours a day – 365 days a year.

Once you’ve registered, it’s up to you when you start. We offer complete flexibility. This means you can study at a pace that suits you. The course never expires, so you can take as long as you need.



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Proofreading course graduate launches new business

CMP proofreading course graduate, Lucy van Biljon, has just started her own business.

Lucy, who graduated from our proofreading and editing course two years ago, has launched Lucidity.

The business also provides copywriting services, as Lucy is also a CMP copywriting course graduate.

She said: “I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the support and advice I got from your tutors and head office team during my studies. The principal, Cleland Thom, was especially helpful while I was dithering over my business name!

“I’ve got two clients on my books within two weeks so fingers crossed they keep coming.”

See Lucy’s website

University comms role for proofreading graduate

Online copywriting course student, Liam SingletonCMP proofreading course graduate, Liam Singleton, has a new job at a top university.

Liam is putting his online proofreading course skills to good use as school communications manager at Cranfield University, Buckinghamshire.

He started the new role last month after having a similar role at FlavorActiV Limited

Liam graduated from our proofreading course in September 2014.

PowerPoint agency role for proofreading course graduate

Online courses student, Rose MullanCMP proofreading course graduate, Rose Mullan, is putting her skills to good use at one of the UK’s top PowerPoint presentation agencies.

Rose, who completed her online proofreading course in 2015, is now working for the client services team at Buffalo7.

The business, based in Manchester, produces high-quality presentations for leading brands and organisations.

Newspaper production job for proofreading course graduate

CMP proofreading course graduate, Patrick Widdess, is putting his skills to good use as a production journalist on a leading newspaper group.

Patrick, who graduated from our online proofreading course in 2014, is a writer and production journalist for Archant.

He works at their production hub in Norwich and is involved in writing content and creating pages for their online and printed publications.

Patrick also studied on our online journalism course.

Proofreading student’s charity job success

CMP proofreading course student, Veronique O’Donoghue, has secured a publishing job with a leading education charity.

Veronique, who is currently studying our online proofreading course, has been appointed assistant publishing manager with AQA

Veronique manages AQA’s day-to-day publishing activities, and focuses on overseeing schedules and managing publishing collateral.

AQA is the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges.

AQA is an independent charity and set and mark the papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year.

Wendy Wilson: proofreading and editing review

I have done proofreading in the past, but wanted to have some formal training in proofreading and copy-editing to enable me to have the skills required to work as a freelancer.

The course definitely exceeded my expectations. I did not think it would be so in-depth.

I had lots of support from my tutor. His comments and feedback were invaluable and he was always very happy to assist.

The course content was extensive. It was well worth the money.

I learned the role of a proofreader and copy editor in great detail: how to proofread hard copy as well as onscreen. I learned how to use PerfectIt and track changes to proofread.

The job of a copy editor is very extensive and the course gave me a great understanding of what copy-editing entails.

I do not think the course needed any improvement. All assignments were marked and returned quickly and new lessons sent out without any delay.

The lessons were clear and easy to follow, and my tutor always responded to any queries promptly.

I have recommended the course to a couple of friends already!

Jocelyn Roberts: proofreading and editing review

I want to start a career in editing for fictional authors. The course was above my expectations. It was fantastic and was extensive and challenging.

It has given me all the tools and confidence I will need to start a career in this field.

My tutor, Jennie Harborth, was fantastic. She gave me a lot of help and advice and was always quick with a response. She was wonderful.

The course content was very extensive. A lot more than I thought it was going to be.

I’ve learned everything from spelling, grammar and punctuation. All the proofreading and editing tools.

What will I get?

Unlimited tutor support Contact your course tutor whenever you need help. Your tutor will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice. Your own study area Learn in our easy-to-use online classroom, where you can access your course materials and other exclusive resources. An app for flexible learningStudy on your tablet or smartphone with our app. Do your coursework, contact your tutor, chat to other learners and check your progress on the go. Rapid markingReceive personal, detailed feedback from your course tutor. Your work will be returned quickly - within three working days - usually quicker. Free online libraryDownload our free podcasts, videos, ebooks and tips files, during and after your course. NUS Extra cardApply for an NUS Extra student discount card and save money in restaurants, shops, rail journeys and much more. UK learners only. A personal referenceReceive a personal reference from the college when you finish. Use it on your CV, website, and LinkedIn profile. Government-recognised qualificationQualify for an ABC Awards diploma. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual and has a long-established reputation for awarding high quality qualifications. Career coaching scheme - free!Join our free career coaching scheme when you finish the course. Work with our experts to find work and create a winning CV, job application letters, career blogs, websites and social media profiles. Stay on the scheme as long as you need to. Charter Mark Use the CMP Charter Mark on your CV, website, professional profiles and stationery.

Rachel Finnegan: Course tutor

Rachel FinneganFreelance editor | Proofreader

Irish Academic Editing | Member of SfEP and AFEPI

I am the tutor for students on CMP’s proofreading and editing course.

I have a BA and a PhD in classics, and am a member of both the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI).

I run my own editing business, Irish Academic Editing My skills include proofreading, copyediting, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.

My clients include academic publishers such as Swales & Willis (for Routledge), Irish Academic Press and Colourpoint Educational Books, local authorities, academic institutions, and individual writers and researchers.

I was a lecturer in arts and humanities for 20 years and have published five academic books and numerous journal articles in the area of classics and the history of 18th century travel and collecting.

Julian Brouwer: Course tutor

Julian BrouwerWriter | Columnist | Journalist | Editor

UK national newspapers | UK national magazines | New York magazines

I am a journalist and proofreader with 25 years’ experience, and I am a tutor on CMP’s proofreading, music journalism and music blogging courses.

I started out on local newspapers and quickly moved on to some of Britain’s top national papers.

I worked as a proofreader for a group of newspapers and a host of other London-based organisations, so I am used to finding errors that even eagle-eyed subeditors miss.

As well as working as a proofreader, I run a successful news agency called Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK.

My writing has taken me all around the world and to New York, where I worked for some of America’s top publications and also found time to pen a daily column for the Daily Express.

I’m an avid music fan, and an experienced reviewer. I had my own music column that was syndicated across local newspapers in London, and have written about everything from the Rolling Stones to local pub gigs.

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