Level 1

50 hours

Becoming A Proofreader

Becoming A Proofreader offers comprehensive learning and supportive teaching from industry experts. It’s your path from beginner to trained professional.

About the course

Do you obsess over grammar and love perfect punctuation? If so, Becoming A Proofreader is the perfect way to refine your skills, invest in yourself, and start a fulfilling new career. Now’s the time to take the leap, gain experience, and start your journey towards rewarding work that’s flexible to fit your lifestyle.

Becoming A Proofreader is an expertly devised and fully assessed comprehensive 15-module course. It guides you step-by-step as you build your skills through practical tasks. Learn about common mistakes, working to style guides, and the nuances of proofreading all types of writing – from creative to business and academic.

Live interactive webinars and one-on-one feedback from our friendly tutors help you emerge ready to take on professional assignments. Students who pass with distinction (over 80%) gain the opportunity to work with Proofed, our partner company.

By completing Becoming A Proofreader, you’ll gain:

  • Solid proofreading skills
  • Confidence in finding common spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes
  • The ability to proofread according to style guides
  • Insight into working with clients and authors
  • An understanding of working as a freelance proofreader

Who is the course for?

Whatever your age or life stage, if you dream of a flexible freelance career, this course is your first step on the path towards becoming a professional proofreader. You might want to work from home, choose your hours, or bring in extra income – we’ve helped all sorts of students gain the skills needed to do just that.

 

Testimonials

  • Samira

    “I’ve been self-employed for about two years now, and it’s ruined me for ‘regular’ jobs. There’s no way I could go back to working in a restaurant or teaching in a classroom. I love the freedom, responsibility, and sense of accomplishment that self-employment gives me.

    I think the course was beyond excellent value. The modules were concise and easy to follow, the exercises were very helpful, and the practice documents and feedback were invaluable. I’ll just leave this here: Becoming A Proofreader is worth it ten times over! If you’re looking to improve your professional proofreading skills, I highly recommend the course.”

  • Breanna

    “I have never been self-employed before, and I have to admit there is no going back! Being your own boss is amazing and oh-so-rewarding. The course has been an invaluable resource for me. I would not be where I am without it. I am making more money than I have in years, and I am even able to start saving.

    I am still in disbelief about how much my life has changed for the better because of this step I took for my future. Thank you, Knowadays and Proofed – I could not have done it without you!”

  • Shernell

    “When I came across the website, I chose to try out the free course. I was sold on the idea that successful graduates get the opportunity to work with the partner company.

    I started the course and never looked back! The material was balanced, comprehensive, and engaging. This course has been life-changing for me and I look forward to starting my new career as a freelance proofreader with Proofed.

    If you look anywhere else you’ll get silver or bronze. Becoming A Proofreader gives you gold!”

Module Breakdown

  • Proofreading And Editing

    1-2 hours
    1-2 hours
    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

    2-3 hours
    2-3 hours
    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

    2-3 hours
    2-3 hours
    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

    2-3 hours
    2-3 hours
    Perfect your prepositions, parenthetical clauses, and parallelism! Fix fragments and faulty agreement! And free yourself from dangling and misplaced modifiers forevermore! 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

    2-3 hours
    2-3 hours
    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

    2-3 hours
    2-3 hours
    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

    3-4 hours
    3-4 hours
    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.
  • Advanced Formatting in Microsoft Word

    3-5 hours
    3-5 hours
    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.
  • Academic Proofreading

    3-4 hours
    3-4 hours
    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

    3-5 hours
    3-5 hours
    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.
  • Creative Writing And The Publishing Industry

    3-4 hours
    3-4 hours
    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.
  • Proofreading Business Writing

    3-4 hours
    3-4 hours
    Here, we teach you how to proofread for different business clients. We take you through working with brand voices and understanding how grammatical point of view works in different types of business writing. After completing this module, you will know how to proofread many document types and formats common to business writing, including formal reports, website copy, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Google Docs.
  • Finding Work And The Final Assignment

    3-4 hours
    3-4 hours
    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 will be offered the opportunity to undertake a trial as a freelance proofreader with Proofed.

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FAQs

  • Do I need to have a degree or any other qualifications to take this course?

    No qualifications or previous experience are needed – we teach you everything you need to know to work as a professional proofreader.

  • What equipment will I need?

    You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, a full version of Microsoft Word, and an internet connection to complete the course successfully.

    You can use Microsoft Word 2016, 2019, 2021 or 365, but not free or partial versions of the program (for example Microsoft Office Online or Open Office). As smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks don’t support the full version of Microsoft Word, you wouldn’t be able to complete the course, or professional proofreading assignments, using them. Clients will require you to have the right professional tools for the job and Becoming A Proofreader ensures you can use these tools with confidence.

  • How soon can I start work as a proofreader after getting my distinction grade?

    If you score 80% or higher in your Becoming A Proofreader final assessment, you’ll have the opportunity to work with our partner company, Proofed, on a trial basis. Within around two weeks of receiving your results, we’ll send through all the info you need to start your trial period. After that, you’ll be guided through your first assignments on your way to becoming a professional proofreader. You should note that Proofed is a US company, so payments to its freelance team must comply with US tax law. That means you can only work with Proofed if your country of residence has what’s known as a ‘dual-tax treaty’ with the US. You can check the Internal Revenue Service’s list of countries to find out if you qualify. For more details about the trial period with Proofed, visit our Guaranteed Work page.

  • How much work will I get?

    As you get started, the Proofed team will support you with your initial assignments. These will be short documents that let you test your skills and build confidence. Over time – as you gain experience, build speed, and receive positive feedback – the volume of work can increase. You can build up to working on longer and more complex documents, including regular work for some of its business clients. There’s no fixed amount of work you’ll receive – that will depend on your availability and interests, as well as on your skill level and the opportunities Proofed has at any given time. Head over to our Guaranteed Work page for more details on working with Proofed.

  • Who can I work for?

    As a successful graduate of Becoming A Proofreader, you’ll be set to take on professional proofreading assignments. That might mean working independently as a freelancer and building a portfolio of clients. Or you could be permanently employed by one business. With your Knowadays qualification, you have the flexibility to choose which approach suits you.

  • Is there a time limit on how long I have to complete the course?

    When you sign up for a Knowadays course, you gain access for life. Users who are inactive for over 90 days may have access to their account suspended. If this happens, just get in touch and we’ll reactivate your account immediately. Where course content is updated after purchase, you’ll receive these updates free of charge.

  • Does it matter where I’m based?

    As long as you have a PC, Mac, or laptop with the latest version of Microsoft Word and an internet connection, you can take the course and proofread anywhere. If you pass your course with a distinction grade of 80% or over and want to pursue our guaranteed work offer with Proofed, where you’re based will matter. You’ll need to reside in a country that has a dual-tax treaty with the US and is on the Internal Revenue Service’s list. This is important, as Proofed is US-based and must comply with US tax laws when working with freelancers.

     

  • Will I need to buy extra resources to do the course?

    Aside from a laptop or desktop computer, access to an internet connection, and Microsoft Word 2016 or later, you won’t need to buy extra resources to complete the course. We provide all course materials, including real-world sample documents for you to download and practice proofreading.

     

  • Any other questions?

    Take a look at our FAQs or get in touch – our friendly team is always happy to help.

What our students are saying

    A very well thought-out course. Logical and user-friendly, with strong support and advice available throughout. Suitable for beginners and for more experienced proofreaders and editors wishing to brush up on or evaluate their knowledge and skills.

    Alan

    Jan 11th

    This course is worth every penny and absolutely invaluable in developing proofreading skills. There is no way I would attempt to freelance without the instruction and knowledge gathered here.

    Mary

    Jul 21st

    The course was thorough, clear, and very well structured. The support team was highly professional. I finished the course and am confident I can be successful as a proofreader. If I could give them even more stars I would.

    Richard

    Aug 30th

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