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Professional Copyediting and Proofreading Certificate

Self-paced course, 100% online, 4 Months to complete, Begin anytime


The Professional Technical Copyediting Certificate is designed to introduce

students to the practice of being a technical editor. Students are offered an

opportunity to learn the different levels of editing, including mechanical,

copyediting, proofreading, and comprehensive editing. Other topics include

the editor’s role in the publication cycle, collaboration with writers and authors,

and the creation and use of style guides. Basic procedures for editing and

proofreading are discussed. The role of the editor in the online medium

sometimes blurs distinctions between design, content, technical, marketing,

and this is assessed in the context of the evolving role of editing online content.

Other issues discussed include word choice, consistency, sentence structure, and

visual design. Weekly assignments and self-assessments assist students in

understanding and mastering technical editing principles.


In this certificate, you will have the opportunity to:


  • Edit various types of media for grammar, word choice, design, and layout.

  • Create style sheets and produce a final document that has gone through a comprehensive edit.

  • Become knowledgeable about different editing methods and how to best convey feedback to an author.

  • Analyze content and share your feedback.


The Professional Technical Copyediting Certificate consists of the

following three courses:

Course 1: Mechanical Editing

Course 2: Usage, Proofreading, and Editing Online Content

Course 3: Comprehensive Editing

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