Proofreading Essentials


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $795

Next Start Date:

July 8, 2024

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About this Course

Proofreading is a skill used to identify and correct errors in writing. Proofreaders typically fix errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and consistency, and proofreading is one of the last steps before a piece of writing is published.

In this course, you’ll learn how to proofread a variety of print and digital materials and how to use traditional proofreader’s marks as well as digital markup techniques. We’ll cover the basics of grammar and punctuation and how to tackle specific grammar, style, and design and formatting issues. You’ll also learn about proofing against copy and cold proofreading (proofing without copy).

Designed For

Anyone seeking to develop or improve their proofreading skills.

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What You’ll Learn

  • What proofreading is and how it differs from editing
  • Where proofreading fits in the overall publication process
  • Why, when and how to make changes to a document
  • How to proof for design issues, including image quality and placement
  • Employment opportunities in the proofreading field

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Apply editorial style sheets and checklists
  • Use standard proofreading markup and procedures to proofread print documents
  • Use special features of Adobe Reader for digital proofreading

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After successfully completing this course, you can claim a digital achievement badge that can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.


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Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Online Asynchronous

Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous learning with the structure of a regular course. With no real-time meetings, you’ll complete weekly assignments and interact with your class at times that work for you. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online Asynchronous

This course is offered 100% online and runs from July 8, 2024, to August 24, 2024.


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You'll earn 3.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit options.

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