Basic Proofreading

Proofreading is the process of checking books, magazines and journals for errors before they are published. It is an important role, which carries a high level of responsibility. Proper training through a recognised proofreading course is therefore essential.

Basic Proofreading is where you should start - perfect for the complete beginner, the course takes you through the proofreader’s place in publishing and the differences between proofreading and editing. You’ll learn the British Standards Institution symbols and, more importantly, how and when to use them; it's not just about spotting mistakes! One important aspect of the course is understanding the implications of the changes you make and knowing when it's best to leave 'good enough' alone. You’ll cover different kinds of proofreading (for example, blind proofreading) and learn how to deal with common problems.

There are five units, each containing five self-check exercises and a marked assignment. These will get harder as the course goes on, ensuring that you are always challenged and always improving. While most of the exercises are paper-based, you will also have the opportunity to practise correcting on-screen texts in a variety of ways.

The course includes examples from many different areas of publishing. This will give you the confidence to deal with anything from children's fiction, to promotional material, to academic and educational texts, and by the end of the course you will be a qualified and certified Proofreader.

Basic Proofreading does not contain a specific section on grammar and we strongly recommend that you also work through Grammar at Work, which normally costs £60, but if bought with the proofreading course, is yours for only £30.

Basic Proofreading is designed to give you the skill, judgement and understanding of the publishing process that you will need to be a successful proofreader. Here is an example of a corrected proof for you to have a look at.

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The Publishing Qualifications Board

Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning is supplied by the Publishing Qualifications Board (registered charity no. 1002928), a subsidiary of the Publishing Training Centre Foundation (registered charity no. 1083081). Registered office: 16 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BX.


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Customer Reviews 

Thursday, 06 January 2011

I found this an excellent course that helped me get a long way towards where I want to be. The course more than paid for itself with the first job I was given. I would heartily recommend it to anyone considering a career in proofreading and editing.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

As an aspiring proofreader I cannot recommend this course highly enough, both for its clearly written content and masterly tutorial input. Contact with The Publishing Training Centre, whether by phone or post, was easy and staff were invariably friendly. Assignments were returned promptly and my approachable tutor went to endless trouble to provide detailed, lucid and constructive feedback on my work. His extensive professional experience in proofreading gave me confidence throughout this challenging course.

P Saunders, Warwickshire
Monday, 13 December 2010

I found the PTC course challenging. It exposes your strengths but, more importantly, it exposes your weaknesses. Recognising them and giving greater attention to them is necessary if your technique is to be strengthened. In that regard, the feedback from the graded assignments that comprise the course is invaluable - as is the telephone contact with your tutor to resolve outstanding queries.

Thursday, 02 December 2010

I'm very glad I took your course and not one of the cheaper, widely-advertised alternatives. I feel that the course prepared me well for what has turned out to be quite demanding work.

N Gyopari, Sussex
Saturday, 20 November 2010

An excellent course - I feel my expectations were exceeded. I don't think I realised how much I had learnt until near the end, and I hadn't realised how much there was to proofreading.