How is this course different to others?
Unlike other training providers, Proofreading Academy teaches a broad range of skills in one syllabus. Instead of having to take numerous courses to learn about proofreading for business, creative, and academic purposes, you’ll find everything you need in one place. We also teach how to proofread and edit different English dialects and how to work with various referencing styles.
Is the course up to date?
Yes – we teach the digital methods that proofreaders, businesses, and publishers really use.
What materials do I need?
To complete the course, all you need is a laptop or desktop computer, access to an internet connection and Microsoft Word. We recommend that you have Microsoft Word 2016 as this is the version you will need if you want to work with us after you have completed the course. We provide the rest, including real-world sample documents for you to download and practise proofreading. Currently, the course is not optimised for completion on mobile phones or iPads.
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Can I still do the course if English is my second language?
You can, but the course content and final tests are designed for fluent English speakers. It’s unlikely that you will pass the final tests with a high enough score to work for Proofed Inc. if your English level isn’t at the fluency of a native speaker. It’s important that you have native-level fluency as there are certain parts of English that it is difficult for speakers of other languages to always get right, such as idioms and the correct use of prepositions.
Can I contact a tutor?
We do offer a tutoring service in addition to our online course. Please contact [email protected] We will then arrange a call to better gauge your needs.
Is the course assessed?
Although you’ll need to pass all the modules with 80% or above to complete the course, only the final assignments (Module 11) count towards your final grade on the course. You have three tries at the final assignment, and infinite tries at all other quizzes in the course. Currently we offer detailed feedback at the final assignment stage. However, if you would like support earlier in the course then please contact [email protected]
How can I find work as a proofreader?
We’ll help you – Proofreading Academy is part of a respected international network of proofreading providers that regularly takes on new freelancers. If you have completed this course and obtained a pass grade of 80% or above on your first attempt then you are qualified to work for us. For more details, visit our hiring page.
How do I sign up for the course?
Click the sign up button anywhere on our site and follow the steps from there. You will need to create an account and validate your email address before you can add our course to your learning account. Here’s a detailed set of instructions on how to get started.
Is the course a recognised qualification?
We are in the process for applying for accreditation and so do not offer a recognised qualification as yet. However, graduation from the course qualifies you to work for Proofed Inc., a respected international network of freelance proofreading businesses with branches in the UK, the US, and Australia. Once you have passed the course, you can go on the books as a freelancer for Proofed Inc. and so have access to their internal jobs board, where you can see all the proofreading work available each day.
Who are the tutors?
You can read about our tutors’ qualifications and experience on our tutors page.
Do you offer corporate rates?
If you are a company and would like some of your staff to take the course please contact us to discuss your needs. We can offer great discounts for group rates.