Your Fast Track To A Flexible New Editing Career
Editors earn $53,319 per year on average. Learn how to edit professionally, then make a living with our paid work opportunity!
- CPD accredited
- Beginner friendly
- Guaranteed work with Proofed
- Takes 4–6 weeks at 5 hours a week
- 9 modules and 35 lessons
- Expert tutor support 7 days a week
- Private alumni Facebook group
Get Paid To Work From Anywhere, And Qualify For New Job Opportunities
Gain Extra Income With Specialized Skills
Already have a grasp of what makes good writing great? Becoming An Editor will help you harness that instinctive knowledge and push it to a professional level. You’ll learn how to edit all sorts of texts, from academic papers to literary novels, and deliver work that keeps clients coming back.
- Master a sought-after skill set and begin working as an editor in as little as four weeks.
- Learn how to collaborate with a diverse range of clients and use the tools every editor typically relies on.
- Gain an accredited certification to highlight your expertise to potential clients.
- Pass the final exams of both Becoming A Proofreader and Becoming An Editor with a distinction (80% or above) and take on your first project with our partner, Proofed, under the work guarantee.
Who Is This Editing Course For?
It’s for you if you aspire to…
Launch a freelance business doing what you love
- Earn more, or boost your existing income
- Thrive in a career doing what you enjoy and excel at
- Work for yourself and be your own boss
Embrace the freedom to work from anywhere, anytime
- Fit work into life, not the other way around
- Choose a career that flexes around your family
- Work from home or on the road – whenever you want, on whatever projects you want
Choose meaningful projects and make a difference
- Upskill and take pride in the work you do
- Balance retirement with a purposeful part-time job helping people
- Leave a meaningless job behind and work on projects that matter to you
Introducing Our Becoming An Editor Course
7 modules, 37 lessons, dozens of practice-based exercises
We don’t just help you develop the core skills every elite editor has. Our simulated scenarios will also empower you to communicate with clients and navigate freelance projects professionally and with confidence.
Learn the differences between line, developmental, and comprehensive editing, as well as how to improve different types of writing – from commercial copy to fiction.
Interactive by design
It’s more than just words on a screen! With a mix of videos, quizzes, practical try-it-yourself exercises, and case studies, we’ll help you stay engaged every step of the way.
Built by editing experts
You’ll learn from materials carefully crafted by academics and editing experts, who share their combined knowledge of style, structure, tone of voice, and more to help you launch your own editing career.
1:1 interaction with tutors
Perhaps the standout feature of the course? Our friendly, expert tutors. They’re on hand to give help whenever you need it. After receiving comprehensive written feedback on your final assignment, you’ll have the chance to review it with a tutor on a call.
Learn at your leisure with no pressure. You can complete the course in just a few weeks or take a few months – it’s up to you. Lifetime access means you can dive back in whenever you like.
Leads to actual work
Becoming An Editor is your shortcut to securing paid freelance commissions. Achieve a grade of 80% or more on the final assessment for this course and Becoming A Proofreader and you can start earning right away during an editing trial with Proofed.
Our Paid Work Opportunity – Everything You Need To Know
Is it genuine? What’s the fine print? Will I really receive paid work from this? Prospective learners often ask us these questions. But we promise there’s no catch! Here’s how the guarantee works:
Pass with a distinction and start editing for Proofed
If you achieve 80% or more in the final assessments for the Becoming A Proofreader and Becoming An Editor courses, we’ll offer you the opportunity to join our partner, Proofed.
Did you know? You can retake the final exam for each course more than once. But our tutor support will give you a good chance of nailing it the first time.
Show off your new expertise
Proofed will pay you to edit 10 documents from real clients. An experienced editor will review your work and send you feedback, so your skills can improve with every single piece.
Did you know? Our highest-achieving graduates have gone on to edit for brands such as Samsung and Substack at Proofed.
Open yourself up to new prospects
Once you successfully finish the trial, you’ll get access to more Proofed clients. With extra practice and experience under your belt, you’ll be able to tackle greater volumes of work and more challenging assignments.
Did you know? So far, we have created more than 3,000 job opportunities for our graduates.
Dive into Varied Work
Our graduates have edited for an impressively diverse range of clients, from Harvard to Samsung, across countless topics and formats. With projects including academic papers, B2C web copy, medical texts, and everything in between, you can specialize in a sector or embrace variety.
Having just retired from my 30-year career, it opened doors for remote, freelance work!
“I took the proofreading and editing classes and I am now working with Proofed! I learned so much and refer back to the programs for assistance in my work. I should have taken these classes before I wrote my dissertation!”
This course enabled me to kick off my new career. I owe so much to Knowadays.
“I’m now doing what I should have done years ago. And the support doesn’t end after qualification; the Knowadays team is still available to offer help and advice whenever I need it.This tuition does even more than it says on the tin.”
Remote proofreading and editing fit my lifestyle perfectly. I cannot quite believe how far I have come over the past year or so.
“I have been a fan of the written word since I was a child, so buying the Editor course was a natural progression.
I am still very much in the early days of my new career, but I thoroughly enjoy it and get a real sense of satisfaction when I have completed an assignment.
Both courses are thorough and cover numerous topics. The information is explained clearly, and the test documents are a great help in understanding the coursework. Excellent value for money also”.
Working with Proofed, I get to read student work and help people at the start of their careers, which feels quite satisfying.
“It’s a flexible, informative and well-thought-out course. Gives you insights into what’s expected of you in this job. I’m happy to have found a new way to make money to supplement my retirement. Now I can travel and eat out with my wife feeling like I deserve it”.
Becoming An Editor Course Curriculum
Here’s an insight into each information-packed module:
Module 1: An Introduction To Becoming An EditorKnow what to expect from our Becoming An Editor course and get situated before delving into the details of what it means to be an editor.
Module 2: Understanding EditingWe’ll cover different editing styles, what this entails, and various client types. Find out what goes into planning and executing an editing project – from negotiating a client brief to providing feedback.
Module 3: Line And Comprehensive EditingDiscover the difference between line editing, copy editing and proofreading. Learn about developmental and comprehensive editing. Sharpen your skills with lessons on structure, content and style.
Module 4: Editing Academic WritingKnow what to expect from academic publishers and authors, and determine the differences in tone between sciences and the humanities. Recognise structure, how to clarify arguments and enhance a scholarly tone.
Module 5: Editing Creative WritingHere, we’ll focus on fiction and non-fiction. Anticipate what to expect when working with publishers and authors. Learn how a manuscript is structured and understand the basics of narrative theory, such as plotting a story or character development. And explore how the creative genre can affect various writing techniques – from romantic tales to self-help guides.
Module 6: Editing Business WritingUncover everything you need to know to work on marketing materials and other commercial copy. Study the conventions of formal and technical business writing. And learn how business copy can use persuasive writing techniques.
Module 7: The Final AssignmentIt’s time to put your editing skills to the test! Select your final assignment type: academic, business or creative. When you’re finished, your assignment will be assessed, and you’ll be invited to book a face-to-face feedback call with our friendly expert tutor.
Why Is Our Becoming An Editor Course Better Than The Competition?
See how we compare.
|7-module course designed by experts
|Full-time tutor support
|Dedicated customer support
|Final assignment graded by a real tutor
|Paid work opportunity
Meet Our Friendly Tutors
Our team members are all Knowadays graduates, so they’re the perfect people to give you a guiding hand. They’ll boost your confidence as you progress through the course.
Freedom. Extra income. A sense of accomplishment. They gained all this and more by taking a chance and changing their career.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Editing Course
Who can take this course?
Everyone is welcome to take the Becoming An Editor course. Although it’s not mandatory to take our Becoming A Proofreader course beforehand, it is highly recommended.
How long do I have to complete the course?
There is no time limit to complete Becoming An Editor, allowing you to learn at your own pace. You will also have lifetime access to the course.
Do I need specific qualifications to take this course?
You don’t need formal qualifications to take our Becoming An Editor course – only a desire to learn and a love of the written word.
What if English isn’t my first language?
Fluent second English language speakers are also encouraged to take the course. Please note that the final assessment does require an advanced understanding of written English.
I’ve already completed the Becoming A Proofreader course. Should I enrol in Becoming An Editor, too?
Although many people complete our Becoming A Proofreader course and go on to enjoy fulfilling freelance careers, our Becoming An Editor will help you refine your skills.
Becoming An Editor focuses on overall structure, content, and flow. But that’s just the beginning! Editing is often more subjective than proofreading, which is typically rules-based. Is the document organised? Are there contradictions, inconsistencies or factual errors? Is it right for the target audience?
If you want to work on more complex documents – and enjoy a higher earning potential – our Becoming An Editor course is the right choice. Success in both courses will give you more opportunities with our partner company, Proofed. For more details, please see our Guaranteed Work page.
If I successfully complete the Becoming An Editor course, am I guaranteed work with Proofed?
When you pass our Becoming A Proofreader course with a distinction (80% or more), you’ll have the chance to work with our partner company, Proofed, initially on a trial basis. A distinction in our Becoming A Proofreader course and a passing grade in our Becoming An Editor course will unlock enhanced Proofed opportunities. A passing grade only in our Becoming An Editor course does not guarantee work with Proofed.
Does it matter where I live?
You can be anywhere in the world! All you need is a computer (PC or Mac), an internet connection and Microsoft Word (2016 or later).
Please note that to work with Proofed, your country of residence must have a tax treaty with the United States Internal Revenue Service. These countries are listed here. For further information, please contact a financial advisor.
What language is the course in?
We offer our Becoming A Proofreader and Becoming An Editor courses in UK and US English. You will have the option to select your course language after purchase. If you would like us to add the UK version of the course to your account, let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
Becoming An Editor
- Take the express route to a professional proofreading career
- Benefit from one-on-one support from friendly, experienced tutors
- Embrace the freedom of working from anywhere, anytime
- Pivot your career path and earn $20-30 per hour in additional income
- Organize work around life, not the other way around