Basic Proofreading

The distance learning training course that takes you from complete beginner to PQB qualified proofreader in one step.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading is the process of checking written materials for errors before they are published.  For instance books, magazines, blogs, websites, brochures and journals.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • understand and use British Standards Institution symbols
  • make informed decisions when marking up proofs
  • mark up documents on paper and on screen, and understand the differences between the two

How does the course work?

There are five units, each containing five self-check exercises and a marked assignment.

Whilst most of the exercises are paper-based, there are opportunities to practise on-screen proofreading throughout.

Grammar skills

Good grammar is essential for a proofreader. We strongly recommend you also work through Grammar at Work. This normally costs £60 but if booked at the same time as Basic Proofreading the price is reduced to £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.

Have a look through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. If you are ready to buy, click on the Add to Cart button on the right of this page.





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.