All about the course

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but my Certification Proofreading Correspondence Course is what it says it is. It's a proofreading course! It will teach you how to proofread from the very basics, up to the stage where you will be able to proofread any piece of work that may be assigned to you. You will need no other course. I make this point simply because, in my time, I have seen various courses offered with names such as 'Basic Proofreading Course', 'Proofreading Plus Course', (as a follow-on course to the 'Basic' one, presumably!), 'Proofreading Express Course' and so on. Additionally, my course covers the basics of copy-editing, because, at the very least, you need to know what a copy-editor is!

But primarily it is a proofreading correspondence course. It will teach you all you need to know about proofreading up to the stage where you can proofread effectively, accurately, and within a specified time scale. How will my course achieve this? Read on...

The course consists of four modules, each having its own set of exercises. On receipt of your payment, Module I is despatched to you. This module is completed at your own pace, and the exercises completed when you feel confident. When you return them for assessment, I will mark them, and return them with Module II, together with further exercises, and so on.

In Module IV, there are sections devoted to various ways of obtaining freelance work, and this module explains how to go about it. On successful completion and assessment of the exercises in Module IV, a Certificate of Competence will be issued to you as proof of successful completion of the course. If, for some reason, the required standard has not been achieved at this stage, additional exercises will be despatched to you (free of charge!) until competency is attained.

This home-based, four-module course offers:

  • up-to-date information;
  • advice on the skills and qualities of a successful proofreader;
  • practical exercises designed to assess aptitude and increase confidence;
  • details of common problems encountered in proofreading;
  • guidance on some frequent English 'bloomers' to watch out for when proofreading;
  • how book and magazine publishing works;
  • internationally recognised list of proofreading symbols (agreed by the British Standards Institution);
  • exercises (to be completed at your own speed, and in your own time) which will be marked and returned with constructive comments;
  • full telephone, letter and email support;
  • full details of the most effective ways of obtaining work and
  • actual names and addresses of firms for you to contact at the successful conclusion of your course. By finding out your interests during the course, the list of company names given will reflect your own hobbies, and will be unique to you. No two lists are the same!

There are over 6,000 book publishers in the UK, not to mention the many, many other originators of print material. And every item of print copy needs proofreading! There really can never be enough proofreaders!

Ron J Hebbs

Grange Bungalow ~ Old Bury Road ~ Palgrave ~ Diss Norfolk ~ IP22 1AZ

Tel: 01379 783070



15 years of training proofreaders