Advanced Certificate in Editing

Study editing in this comprehensive course. Hone your observational skills and learn to organise writing better. Prepare writing for publishing and become a professional editor. Enhance career or business opportunities in media.

Course Code: VWR023
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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Become a Skilful Editor 

Editing is a very important skill in the world of publishing. All published work must pass through the scrutiny of editors. A very good editor is likely to help writers to make changes which improve the way their work is presented on the page as well as make grammatical changes and note errors.  

Editing accuracy improves with practice as well as with knowledge of what to look for. Editors work in close conjunction with publishers and also authors.  

A professional editing course which you can study online

This course gives you the flexibility of online study but you will also receive written feedback on your assignments from professional tutors who have skills in editing, writing and publishing.   

  • Self-paced study, start any time, study from anywhere

  • Choose from a wide range of electives to differentiate yourself from other editing graduates

  • Study with highly qualified and experienced writers and publishing professionals

  • Start your own editing business; work as a freelance writer or editor or build a career with a publisher.

Expand Your Mind

The world of publishing is more exciting today than it has ever been. Opportunities abound.
Yet many well established publishers and journalists have faced big challenges, seeing their usual sources of income shrinking before their eyes.
Newspapers and magazines have closed down in recent times, and book sales are not what they used to be.
At the same time though people are spending more time reading than ever before; and the media is presenting people with more things to read. As such, there will never be a lack of need for quality editors.

The opportunity to edit written or published work is huge but to succeed as an editor into the future you will need to be able to edit whatever type of written work is needed, for the people who need it.

To train in editing and writing today, you need to not only learn the skills of editing and writing but you need a very broad awareness of the possibilities - the many genres you might need to edit and the expanding range of places you might find work or business opportunities.  More than that, you need to develop a connection with the real world of publishing and journalism, to start building a network of colleagues who will sustain your awareness and reveal opportunities well beyond when you complete your studies.

This course goes beyond the average study program and has a practical slant that is very much focused on developing opportunities for your future.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Editing.
 Editing I (Editing and Proofreading) BWR106
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Publishing I (Self Publishing Children's Books) BWR107
 Editing II BWR302
 Editing Practice BWR305
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Research Project I BGN102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 25 modules.
 Business Studies BBS101
 Children's Writing BWR104
 Computer Operations VIT101
 Course Writing And Development BGN107
 Creative Writing BWR103
 Dramatic Writing BWR110
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Introduction To Photography BPH100
 Photographic Practice BPH101
 Poetry BWR109
 Writing Fiction BWR105
 Advanced Freelance Writing BWR201
 Computer Servicing I VIT203
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Ethics BPS217
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Information Security BIT203
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 Journalism Practice I BWR203
 Project Management BBS201
 Publishing II BWR202
 Script Writing BWR204
 Photojournalism Practice I BPH302
 Publishing III BWR303
 Technical Writing (Advanced) BWR301

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Editing is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


This course would be close to two years of full time study at most colleges; however, under our system you may fast track it or take it slow. Some may complete it in one year, while others may take several years to finish the course.
To give yourself the best chance of success in this industry, a comprehensive course like this together with experience is what is needed.
  • Start a business, start a magazine, proof reading business, or electronic publishing business
  • Work as a freelance editor, blog writer, or publishing industry professional
  • Get a job as an editor, publisher, journalist or professional writer
  • Support: from people who are editors, publishers and journalists. Our school runs a publishing business; our principal is a magazine editor, and author of over 100 books.
  • Many of our staff are also widely published authors.
  • Communicate with and be guided by people who know thew publishing business.
  • Our approach is outside the mainstream of education-we can give you an education that is different; gives you a different mix of skills, and helps you approach your career in a different way.
  • When you are different, you stand out
  • Resources:  unique collection of people and intellectual property.
  • Flexibility:  more options for how, where, when and what you study
  • Learning is our  top priority: what you learn changes you for life. Everything else is secondary
  • History: We established in 1979, are well established and have a reputation for excellence.

The biggest problem, but also the biggest opportunity, for editing, publishing and writing professionals in today’s world is change.

The world is changing rapidly - consequently places that you can sell or use writing are changing quickly too.

Changes in publishing opportunities often require a change in the type and style of writing necessary. Most writers will develop a style of writing that is unique to them i.e. the way that they express themselves in the written word. This writing style is known as the writer’s "voice". However a writer that can change and adapt their writing style according to demand, is more likely to get work in the short term and sustain a career in the long term. Changing your style is not easy – it is quite difficult in fact, because it reflects how you express yourself verbally too. We all have our own form of expression, but a writer may be asked to write a serious article on a certain subject one day and then the next day need to write a light-hearted piece on a totally different subject e.g. an article on a flood and how it affected the people living in the area, and then an advertisement for lipstick. Your "voice" can still come through on both these pieces but you will need to change the style. So, in other words, it is not just a matter of changing your writing "voice", you must be able to change your approach to writing so that it suits each article you write.

Due to the surge of writing published on the internet, and its availability instantly to readers all over the world, you  may also need to adapt the "normal" terminology you would use day to day i.e. the words you use to describe things. For example; if you were asked to write an article for a publication in the USA you may need to adjust your wording or descriptions to suit American language styles rather than your own. So it is not so much a need to change your "voice" but to change the mechanics of the writing.  Small details like the fact that in the USA they prefer the term 'cookbook' to 'cookery book' (a term used more in the UK); 'drugstore' to 'chemist'; 'car boot' to 'trunk' and so on are examples of this. You need to be aware of what audience you are writing for and adjust your approach accordingly.

Who can benefit from taking this course?

Editors looking to move into freelance markets.

People wanting to start their own publication or publishing house.

Early career writers and editors looking for a practical, hands-on program.

Freelance writers seeking to access new markets or improve their knowledge of relevant frameworks and writing concepts.

Editors wanting to offer specialised writing services to existing clients and help attract new clients. Specialised services include interviews, scientific writing, and educational writing.

Fiction writers seeking to break into a new market with their work, such as transitioning from fiction to biography, memoir, or creative non-fiction.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the different types of editing and how to edit according to each
  • Understand how to properly assess manuscripts, whether for yourself or a client
  • Know the difference between different types of writing for periodicals, books, and digital media
  • Understand the differences between a publisher, an editor, and other publishing house staff
  • Understand the general process of how publishing works
  • how to develop an appropriate layout and design if you choose to take an alternate publishing route
  • Understand the legal, ethical, and moral considerations involved in publishing

What Should You Study?

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  • Plan to achieve your goals.
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How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
registration. Recommencement fees may apply.

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What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding of the subject. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $60 incl. GST for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (8-9 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- an Advanced Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

ACS has an arrangement with OAMPS (formerly AMP) who can arrange Professional Indemnity from Australian and New Zealand graduates across all disciplines. Ph: 1800 222 012 or email

Who are ACS Distance Education?

ACS Distance Education have been educating people for over 40 years.

We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
We are focused on helping you learn and make the most of your experience.
You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

Our courses are written by our staff, who all have many years experience and have qualifications in their speciality area. We have lots of academic staff who write and update our courses regularly.

How do I enrol my staff/ sponsored students?

Yes, you can do a request for a bulk enrolment and request an invoice on our Invoice Request Form

We can prepare an invoice, quote or proforma invoice. Simply complete your details on our Invoice Request form

We can arrange bulk discounts for your course enrolment, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

Yes, we have many students who are in locked facilities, such as prisons or hospitals. We can cater by also offering paper notes at an additional cost.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner.
John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.

Adriana Fraser

Freelance writer, businesswoman, educator and consultant for over 30 years. Adriana has written extensively for magazines including free living publications -Grass Roots and Home Grown; and has authored or co authored many books ranging from a biography to books on business and gardening. She holds formal qualifications in education, child care and horticulture and has worked with ACS Distance Education since the mid 1990's.

Rachel Syers

Rachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affairs, and agriculture.
Her current role is Fashion Editor, features writer and features sub-editor with The Gold Coast Bulletin. She has co-authored a successful biography "Roma: From Prison to Paradise" about former prisoner-of-war turned yoga guru, Roma Blair, as well as freelanced as a writer, reviewer and researcher for Australian music and celebrity magazines such as WHO Weekly, Rave, Australasian Post and New Idea.
Rachel has a B.Journalism.

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