Taught course

Essential Proofreading: Editorial Skills One

The Publishing Training Centre
Publishing Qualifications Board (PQB)

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements but the course is tailored to:

  • Anyone wanting to work as a freelance proofreader in publishing
  • Career-changers seeking a flexible and interesting career
  • Those who proofread in their job and lack formal training
  • Editorial staff looking to build or refresh their skills, or learn from the beginning

Months of entry


Course content

Go from beginner to qualified proofreader in one step, with the support of a personal tutor. Gain the skill, judgement and understanding of the publishing process needed to be a successful, market-ready proofreader.

On completing this course you’ll be able to mark up on paper, and on screen in Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word, and use and understand British Standards Institution symbols.

You'll learn how to make informed decisions when marking up proofs (what to change, what to leave), follow the instructions of an editor and give clear instructions to a typesetter.

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the publishing process and where the proofreader fits in. It also covers the requirements of the wider business world, including working with independent (self-publishing) authors and those in the publishing industry.

Study from home, or any convenient location, in your own time, at your own pace.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) offers funding to those who have worked in publishing or bookselling but are currently unemployed.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Publishing Qualifications Board (PQB)
    Up to 12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

The PQB is responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of this self-study tutor-guided course. Detailed and carefully moderated performance evaluation and reporting ensures that trainees and employers can accurately assess levels of knowledge and skill. Qualifications are awarded at pass, merit or distinction.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
There are six learning modules, five with self-check exercises. Each module has a longer assignment that you will submit to your personal tutor for marking and commentary. Qualifications are awarded at pass, merit or distinction.100

Course contact details

Natasha Hemburrow
+44 (0)20 8874 2718