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Essential Proofreading: Editorial Skills One


The only self-study course that takes you from beginner to PQB-qualified proofreader in one step. Including the most recent on-screen proofreading techniques, it's ideal for career-changers or those needing formal proofreading skills.

STUDY TIME: at least 50 hours and up to 12 months to complete

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“My objective was to gain a recognised qualification in proofreading to pursue a career change. The course was excellent and has given me the confidence to make this feasible.Audrey, Morpeth, Northumberland, UK

Who is it for?

  • Editorial staff looking to build or refresh their skills, or learn from the beginning
  • Those who proofread as part of their job and lack formal training
  • Anyone wanting to work as a freelance proofreader

What will you achieve?

On completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • Mark up on screen and on paper, and understand the differences between the two
  • Mark up on screen in Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word
  • Use and understand British Standards Institution symbols
  • Make informed decisions when marking up proofs – what to change, what to leave

What are the key benefits?

  • Convenient and flexible – study from home, in your own time, at your own pace
  • The support of a personal tutor at every stage of assessment
  • 30 self-check exercises to help you learn and practise
  • Receive a completion certificate from PQB, graded with a pass, merit or distinction. It’s the most widely recognised industry qualification!
  • Career advice and recommendations for further training

Course contents

  • Welcome to Essential Proofreading
  • Unit 0: Techniques and good practice
  • Unit 1: Proofreading or proof-editing?
  • Unit 2: Working on PDFs I
  • Unit 3: Working on PDFs II
  • Unit 4: Working for publishers
  • Unit 5: The BSI symbols
  • Conclusion

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Enrol now by choosing your payment method at the top of the page. The price of this course has been held since December 2019.

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Enrol on Essential Proofreading and buy Essential Grammar for half-price and receive two free e-learning modules (worth £35 or £50) to complement your training.
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