Becoming A Proofreader

Online course. Tutor support available, pass with distinction to qualify for our work guarantee!

Interactive Learning Limited


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Study method
Online, self-paced
40 hours
Access to content
12 months
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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After completing our Becoming A Proofreader course, you will be able to:

  • Proofread any business, creative, or academic document to a professional standard
  • Edit copy for tone, flow, readability, and style
  • Use major academic referencing styles correctly
  • Proofread documents written in British, American and Australian English
  • Make the most of Microsoft Word
  • Begin your new flexible freelance career as a professional proofreader!

It works for us

The Proofreading Academy courses are written and updated by a team of professional proofreaders who know what works. We’ve pooled our expertise to share the methods we use every day to ensure flawless documents and guarantee happy clients.


Module Breakdown

This course includes the 14 modules listed below.

Proofreading And Editing
Find out why editing and proofreading have traditionally been treated as separate tasks in print publishing, as well as how they often merge in digital work. Get to grips with the ethical issues you might encounter while proofreading. And meet the different client types you might work with once you start your career as a professional proofreader!

The Basics Of Microsoft Word
If you’re a bit rusty on computing, this module will oil you up! Take a tour through all the tools in Microsoft Word you’ll need to get started with proofreading. If you are a technophobe, worry no more! Our back-to-basics course covers tracking changes, changing the proofing language, setting your user name in Microsoft Word, and more.

Common Spelling Mistakes
Finally, you can nail the difference between ‘there’, ‘they’re’, and ‘their’, and much more. Get to grips with British, US, and Australian spelling, clear up the rules about irregular plurals, and impress friends with your knowledge of closed, open, and hyphenated compounds!

Common Grammar Mistakes
Perfect your prepositions, parenthetical clauses, and parallelism! Fix fragments and faulty agreement! And free yourself from dangling and misplaced modifiers for evermore! Grind down the grammatical gremlins of UK, US, and Australian English, and bust some well-worn myths as you boldly go where no non-proofreader has gone before!

Common Punctuation Mistakes
Queries about question marks? Extremely excited about exclamation points?!! Do you, put, too, many commas, in your sentences? We’ll iron all that out. If you’re the type who goes shopping with a paintbrush to correct grocer’s apostrophes, you’ll be right at home here.

Other Common Errors
Take our guided tour through everything else you need to know about the nitty-gritty of language, including Latin terms, abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms, number use, and capitalisation. Find out where most people trip up and separate your ‘i.e.’s from your ‘e.g.’s for good!

Proofreading In Practice: Style
What’s the difference between a style guide, a style sheet, and a referencing style? Worry no more, we’ve got you covered in our style module. We’ll also talk you through written tone, technical jargon, avoiding offensive language, and how to turn clunky confusion into elegant flow.

Proofreading In Practice: Academic Proofreading
We’ll take you back to school with an in-depth look at proofreading academic documents, ranging from undergraduate essays to journal articles and PhD theses. We’ll show you how to work with LaTeX (no, it’s nothing kinky), how to make sure quotes are used properly, when the active and passive voices are appropriate in academic writing, and much more.

Referencing And Citations
Does Harvard hurt your head? Does APA make your eyes ache? Are you shy about Chicago? And what does ALWD even mean? We’ll soothe all your referencing woes with our extended guide to some of the major citation styles, as well as some not-so-well-known ones.

Advanced Formatting In Microsoft Word
If you’re in a tangle about tables or perplexed about page numbers, join us for a look at formatting in Microsoft Word. Learn about page and section breaks, how to format headings and captions, how to create dynamic tables and lists, and everything else you need to know.

Creative Writing And The Publishing Industry
Learn how to work with authors and publishers as we guide you through how to proofread creative writing. This module looks at both fiction and non-fiction, as well as non-standard English, authorial voice, and proofreading dialogue. After completing the lessons, you will be primed to proofread a range of different writing styles and document types common in the publishing world, including book manuscripts, screenplays, and PDF page proofs.

Finding Work And The Final Assignment
Drum roll, please! It’s time to show off what you have learned! In this final part of the course, you'll learn about how to find work as a freelance proofreader. We'll guide you through top revision areas, and provide you with a practice mock assignment. Then you’ll take two proofreading tests and a formatting test, on which you’ll receive detailed tutor feedback. If you score 80% or above, you can start freelancing at Proofed immediately.

Who is this course for?

Maybe you’re:

  • Looking for the freedom to work flexibly from home
  • A parent who wants to work from home so you have more time with your family
  • A student who wants to support yourself through your degree
  • A digital nomad travelling the world
  • Looking to supplement your income in retirement


  • Native-level fluency of English
  • Computer with either Microsoft 365 or Office 2019

Career path

If you have an eye for detail, our proofreading course is a great way to kickstart a new career. A freelance career as a proofreader provides the ultimate flexibility and freedom. Work as much as you want, whenever you want, and wherever you want! Fit work around your schedule, avoid the commute, and have more time for the important things in life.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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