CONT203: Proofreading Standards


Wondering whether you're working to professional proofreading standards?

Identify your strengths and gaps, learn to work to industry standards, and gain advanced knowledge in proofreading with the support of an expert proofreader.

The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) recognises Queen's University Canada's courses as quality training that will count towards CIEP membership upgrade.


Course Outline

Module 1 – The Professional Proofreader (10 hours)
Readings,  Discussion Posts,  Module 1 Culminating Assignment

Module 2 – Communication (10 hours)
Readings,  Discussion Posts,  Module 2 Culminating Assignment

Module 3 – Proofreading Practices (10 hours)
Readings,  Discussion Posts,  Module 3 Culminating Assignment

Module 4 – Judgement (10 hours)
Readings,  Discussion Posts,  Module 4 Culminating Assignment

Module 5 – Error Correction Part 1 (10 hours)
Readings,  Discussion Posts,  Module 5 Culminating Assignment

Module 6 – Error Correction Part 2 (10 hours)
Readings,  Discussion Posts, Course Culminating Assignment


Course Schedule

Session Course Dates Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring 2024 Apr 08, 2024 – Jun 07, 2024 Apr 02, 2024 at 4pm ET Apr 04, 2024 at 4pm ET
Late Spring 2024 May 06, 2024 – Jun 28, 2024 Apr 26, 2024 at 4pm ET May 02, 2024 at 4pm ET
Summer 2024 Jun 24, 2024 – Aug 09, 2024 Jun 14, 2024 at 4pm ET Jun 20, 2024 at 4pm ET

Spring 2024

  • Dates: Apr 08, 2024 – Jun 07, 2024
  • Deadline: Apr 02, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Apr 04, 2024 at 4pm ET

Late Spring 2024

  • Dates: May 06, 2024 – Jun 28, 2024
  • Deadline: Apr 26, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: May 02, 2024 at 4pm ET

Summer 2024

  • Dates: Jun 24, 2024 – Aug 09, 2024
  • Deadline: Jun 14, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Jun 20, 2024 at 4pm ET

Application Requirements

This course is applicable to intermediate and advanced editors of English (more than five years’) from all geographical locations. If you are new to the field of editing and are looking for an introductory course, we recommend CONT205: How to Copyedit. If you have some experience as an editor (less than five years’), you may enroll in this course and assess whether the course material matches your current skills. You have the option to withdraw from the course and receive a full refund if you do this by the course’s midpoint. View our refund policy here.


Course Materials

Download the course outline [DOCX]

Required course text:

80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors. Available in print or as an ebook at Amazon and Lulu.


Accommodations

Applicants who require special accommodations are asked to:

  • Contact us at least 1 week prior to the start of the course to allow enough time for appropriate accommodations to be made.
  • Provide necessary documentation upon request.