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Recommended online editing courses in Australia

If you wish to pursue a career as an editor but don’t yet have any editing qualifications, you may wish to undertake an editing course. If you don’t live near a university that offers a suitable on-site editing course, you’ll need to undertake an online course.

If you have no tertiary qualifications

If you have no tertiary qualifications, training or experience in professional editing, the best way to embark on an editing career is to undertake a tertiary course in editing.

You don’t need a tertiary qualification or editing experience to be eligible for student or associate membership of Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in Australia. However, to be eligible for professional membership of IPEd, you need to have a tertiary qualification in editing and/or the required level of experience as an editor.

Undertake an online grammar course

Prior to enrolling in an editing degree or diploma, you may wish to undertake this online course to refresh or improve your  knowledge of grammar: edX – English Grammar and Style. This can be used as a ‘bridging course’ between high school English and tertiary studies in writing or editing. It is:

  • suitable for people who have completed high school
  • free of charge
  • not a tertiary qualification.

Some of my colleagues in Secret Editors Business (Facebook group) have undertaken this course and recommend it.

Undertake a tertiary course in editing

If you have completed Year 12 (50% minimum ATAR English) or equivalent, you may be eligible to undertake this online bachelor degree offered by Curtin University through Open Universities Australia: Bachelor of Arts(Professional Writing and Publishing).

Some Secret Editors Business members have undertaken this course and recommend it.

If you can recommend any other online degrees or diplomas in editing, please let me know in the ‘comments’ section below.

If you have tertiary qualifications (but not in editing)

If you have completed a bachelor degree or diploma that has some relevance to writing or editing (such as Bachelor of Arts), you may be eligible to undertake one of the following online post-graduate courses offered by University of Southern Queensland: Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing, or Master of Arts (Editing and Publishing).

If you have completed a bachelor degree and are a practising editor, you may be eligible for this online post-graduate course offered by Macquarie University:  Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing.

Some Secret Editors Business members have undertaken the above three courses and recommend them.

If you can recommend any other online post-graduate courses in editing, please let me know in the ‘comments’ section below.

On-site editing courses

In this article I have focused only on online editing courses for the benefit of those people who want to be editors but don’t live in big cities or near universities that offer on-site editing courses.

However, many institutions in Australia offer on-site degrees, diplomas and certificates in editing. If you wish to undertake an on-site course, I recommend you:

  • compare the prices and courses of different universities, including online courses
  • conduct some research to make sure the institution, and the course, have a good reputation.

Good luck in pursuing your editing career!

I wish to thank Secret Editors Business (Facebook group) members for contributing information for this article.

Helpful links for aspiring or early-career editors:

Sally-Anne Watson Kane has been owner/operator of On Time Typing, a scribing and editing business providing services across Australia, since 2002. She has 25-plus years’ experience in editing and proofreading policies, reports and publications and providing self-publishing services. For further information about our services go to On Time Typing.

Proofread by Dee Sansom, On Time Typing.


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