Universal Class - Leading Provider of Continuing Education

Proofreading and Copyediting 101

Career Development Picture
no certificate
- OR -
with CEU Certificate*
Start Right Now!
Taking multiple courses? Save with our platinum program.

Course Description

Become a Skilled Proofreader or Copyeditor
If you're looking for a new career path or if you're a writer who wants to improve your writing skills, learning how to proofread and copyedit with our easy to follow, in-depth course, may be just what you need.  Learning these specialized skills will help improve your overall writing ability and may provide a career path that is both lucrative and in high demand.  In today's world, proofreaders and copyeditors are sought after not only in the corporate environment and Internet-related ventures, but also by start-up companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Freelance proofreading jobs are bountiful, and many companies offer work-from-home opportunities as an additional benefit.
This online course will cover:
  • Exactly what proofreading and copyediting will entail.
  • The tools you need to be an efficient proofreader or copyeditor.
  • The basic skills you need to learn, taught to you in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to proofread or copyedit.
  • How to apply your newly learned skills. 
  • Tips to make you a professional proofreader or copyeditor with just a little practice.
  • How to proofread and copyedit different kinds of writing such as fiction, blogs and articles.
  • How to proofread and copyedit your own work.
  • How to secure employment as a proofreader or copyeditor.
  • How to start your own proofreading or copyediting business upon completion of the course.
  • Current salary information.
  • Practice exercises to implement your new skills.

This course is designed for everyone, regardless of education, experience, or background.  No matter who you are or what you want to achieve in life, gaining proofreading and copyediting skills will improve your written communications, help you think more clearly, and perhaps start you on the road to a brand new career. 

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Instructor Feedback
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
IACET Accredited Provider
Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

Request More Information

Request More Information
Have a question? Check out our FAQ or contact us for more information.
Career Development Picture Career Development Picture

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating: (3995 votes)
4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
7/24/2016 4:48:44 PM
  • Lesson 1. Introduction to Proofreading and Copyediting

    This lesson describes how you can use proofreading and copyediting skills in your career.
  • Lesson 2. The Use of Style Sheets and Style Guides in Proofreading and Copyediting

    This lesson defines style guides and sheets and demonstrates their importance in copyediting and proofreading.
  • Lesson 3. Finding the Appropriate Style Guides

    This lesson explains different style guides available and their importance in relation to the content you are proofreading.
  • Lesson 4. How to Create and Use a Style Sheet

    This lesson describes how to create and use a style sheet as a copyeditor or proofreader.
  • Lesson 5. Proofreaders' Marks and How They Are Used to Copyedit and Proofread

    This lesson describes what proofreaders' marks are and how to use them to copyedit or proofread bodies of work.
  • Lesson 6. Your Job as a Proofreader

    This lesson outlines the tasks performed by a proofreader.
  • Lesson 7. How to Proofread

    Learn how to be an efficient and capable proofreader.
  • Lesson 8. Proofreading Practice

    This lesson contains proofreading practice exercises and assignments.
  • Lesson 9. The Job of a Copyeditor

    This lesson defines the individual tasks that a copyeditor completes when editing a body of work.
  • Lesson 10. How to Copyedit

    Learn how to copyedit different types of content (copy). Additional tips on being an effective copyeditor.
  • Lesson 11. Copyediting Practice

    Practice being a copyeditor with these lesson assignments and exercises.
  • Lesson 12. How to Copyedit or Proofread Your Own Work

    Learn how to successfully copyedit and proofread your own work.
  • Lesson 13. Copyediting or Proofreading as a Career

    Know the skills and education required to work as a proofreader or copyeditor within a company or as a freelancer.
  • Lesson 14. Final Exam

    Final Exam

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
Document Your CEUs on Your Resume
Course Title: Proofreading and Copyediting 101
Course Number: 8900117
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use of style sheets and style guides in proofreading and copyediting.
  • Demonstrate matching the appropriate style guides for various project types.
  • Demonstrate how to create and use a style sheet.
  • Describe proofreaders' marks and how they are used to copyedit and proofread.
  • Describe your job as a proofreader.
  • Demonstrate basic proofreading skills.
  • Describe the job of a copyeditor.
  • Demonstrate basic copyediting skills.
  • Describe methods for copyediting and proofreading your own work.
  • Summarize copyediting or proofreading career opportunities, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Assignment 1: Proofreading and CopyeditingAssignment20
Lesson 1 ExamExam9
Assignment 2: Style Sheets and Style GuidesAssignment40
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Assignment 3: Print and Online Style GuidesAssignment30
Lesson 3 ExamExam10
Assignment 4: Creating Style SheetsAssignment45
Lesson 4 ExamExam10
Assignment 5: Proofreaders' MarksAssignment40
Lesson 5 ExamExam9
Assignment 6: Proofreader's ResponsibilitiesAssignment30
Lesson 6 ExamExam10
Assignment 7: Proofreading TipsAssignment40
Lesson 7 ExamExam10
Assignment 8: Proofreading PracticeAssignment45
Lesson 8 ExamExam10
Assignment 9: Copyeditor Job TypesAssignment40
Lesson 9 ExamExam10
Assignment 10: Copyediting Newspapers and MagazinesAssignment30
Lesson 10 ExamExam10
Assignment 11: Copyediting PracticeAssignment40
Lesson 11 ExamExam7
Assignment 12: Copyediting Your Own WorkAssignment40
Lesson 12 ExamExam10
Assignment 13: Education and Skills of Proofreader/CopyeditorAssignment40
Final AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 13 ExamExam10
Final ExamExam48
Total Points:668

Choose Your Subscription Plan

Course Only
One Course
No Certificate / No CEUs
for 6 months
Billed once
This course only
Includes certificate X
Includes CEUs X
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 6 months
No. of courses 1 course
Certificate Course
One Course
Certificate & CEUs
for 6 months
Billed once
This course only
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 6 months
No. of courses 1 course
Platinum Yearly
Best Value
Certificates & CEUs
per year
You save 50%!
Billed once
Includes all 500+ courses
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 12 Months
No. of courses 500+
Platinum Monthly
Certificates & CEUs
$59 first month
$29.00 / each consecutive month thereafter
Billed monthly
Includes all 500+ courses
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete Monthly
No. of courses 500+

Student Testimonials

  • "The practice was most helpful, as well as the information on how to get started with a proofreading/copyediting career and the salary info....[The instructor was] very timely in getting assignments graded, which is very much appreciated." -- Megan L.
  • "The entire course was helpful, I'm even more aware of everthing I write, whether it's an email or letter....I thought the instructor was professional and polite which made taking the course even more beneficial." -- Sue V.
  • "The instructor was very helpful and wonderful. I truly enjoyed her as a teacher and I look forward to taking more of her classes." -- Patrice W.
  • "The extra add on that the instructor included at the end of each lesson that we could printout and save for future fererence. Course was well organized." -- Helaine R.
  • "I found the practice exercies to be most helpful....I learned a lot from this course. It was great." -- Stephanie C.
  • "This course got me on my way to a proofreading and editing career." -- Suzanne N.
  • "Thank you. This class helped me to start working towards a copyediting career. :0)" -- Laurie W.
  • View More Testimonials...

Related Courses

Follow Us Online
  • Follow us on Google Plus Follow us on FaceBook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube

© Copyright 1999-2016 Universal Class™ All rights reserved.