Proofreading & Editing Course.
If you love the English language; if “speelling misteaks” jump off the page at you; if you can recognise a clumsy sentence construction – and you know how to fix it; if you know the difference between there/their/they’re, and your/you’re – you could get paid for doing proofreader and editor jobs at home. Your clients will likely be book and/or magazine publishers, website managers, people in businesses which produce lots of documents.
We show you how to do everything, including setting up your own business which you operate at home.
This home study training course has 12 tutorials and assignments. Each one takes you a step closer to being a qualified professional. Newspapers, magazines, eBooks, blogs, websites, biography manuscripts … There are more opportunities for proofreaders and editors to have paid work today than there has ever been! We live in fortunate times. Suddenly the world of publishing is as close as your computer. Qualified proofreaders are in demand.
Where you live, your age and your health are not constraints. Basically, the people who give out proofreading work don’t care. All they want to know is: “Can you proofread 5000 words about xyz topic by 5pm Tuesday?”
You’ll agree on a fee (which depends on the size of the task, its complexity, urgency etc). Some jobs are simple, while others are technically more demanding. That’s why the pay rate differs from one job to the next. You may decline work you don’t want to do.
If you think this kind of work is exciting, interesting, and mentally stimulating, you’re right. Once you’re doing* it – and you’ll start doing relatively easy proofreading tasks to begin with – you’ll find it becomes engrossing and rewarding. Editing is the next rung up the ladder.
*We have step-by-step instructions (Reports 1020 and 1090) which show you HOW to make your initial contact with publishers and WHERE to find the ones who publish material about YOUR PREFERRED TOPICS. For example, are you familiar with the trade/industry/professional jargon people use in the health/nursing world? Legal terms? Horses? Gardening? Cooking? Crafts? Dogs? Bible? Boats? Or 999 other topics.
The Internet has created a unique geographical advantage for proofreaders. Sending a document across the world (which previously took weeks), now takes only seconds! So proofreading and editing work that was once restricted to nearby suppliers is now sent anywhere in the world. So where YOU live doesn’t matter.
You can learn how to be a professional proofreader in less than a year. Study at home.
Complete the short form below to download the prospectus.
It was a great decision to study proofreading and editing with NZIBS. I enjoyed learning and researching in my own time while still working in paid employment for 24 to 40 hours per week. This course gave me the confidence I needed to be a meticulous proofreader and editor. I’m very grateful fo(…)
Thank you NZIBS for a wonderful correspondence experience. The support and resources provided ensured my success and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. I am now ready to launch my own online business with utmost confidence.
The proofreading and book editing course which I have just completed was thoroughly enjoyable and very challenging. I haven’t worked for 25 years and wanted a project to focus on which would force me to engage my brain. This course has certainly done that. It has given me confidence to go on an(…)
Enjoyed this course overall; it was challenging but not too much. Easy to fit around any schedule, as the assignments can be handed in when you’re ready, not on a due date.
The course and the tutor were excellent and I am very pleased to have done the course. It was recommended by a colleague who had also done the course. The course was well set out and introduced me to a range of topics about publishing and proofreading/editing that I knew nothing about. The mate(…)
From enrolment to graduation, I have found NZIBS to be a wonderful institute to deal with. The course has brushed up my rusty grammar, helped me to know how to set up a business, taught me the complexities of the publishing industry and broadened my horizons, but of most help, I believe, is the(…)
I recommend this way of learning through NZIBS especially for anyone who is juggling a busy life. The flexibility of doing the assignments at my own pace and at times that suited me, with no travel and the additional effort that entails, has been fantastic. I would certainly enrol in another course.
The course more than delivered on its promises in the prospectus. As a stay-at-home mum, it has given me the tools and experience to be able to start my own business.
Earning my diploma with NZIBS has been great. I was blown away with all the material, books and support that were provided to me as part of the course, and using the online forum to discuss my studies with tutors and other students was a big help. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting(…)
I liked that it was an online course that I could do from home, in my own time. There was plenty of time to complete each assignment and we were given the resources we needed to achieve. I know that my procrastination got the better of me and I did not put in the time I could have to complete e(…)
I highly recommend this course in proofreading / copy editing. The approach and pace of the work was ideal for me to slot in around family and other work commitments. I truly feel I have been given a wonderful skill set that I can continue to grow and develop. Great course, great tutors!
I wasn’t sure what to expect in this course, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing this course and I would recommend this course.
I had a great experience with NZIBS. The course was everything that I could have asked for and more and have given me the courage to pursue this career. I liked that it took you through things step by step and you got the chance to practice the skills that you learned.
I really enjoyed the last two tutorials that focused on setting yourself up in business. That was very helpful information. The assignments were all challenging but interesting and each one was a little different. I used the student forum all the time and found this to be very helpful when comp(…)
I have really enjoyed learning to proofread and edit with NZIBS. The tutorials have provided me with new skills and the assignments have been challenging enough to get me thinking, but not overwhelm me. I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed editing websites and will definitely focus on thi(…)
I thoroughly enjoyed the the proofreading and editing course. I now feel confident to start my own business with the knowledge I have gained over the past year. I appreciate the extension given due to some health issues I experienced. Everyone I came in contact with were friendly and profession(…)
I have thoroughly enjoyed the proof reading and book editing course. It has been great to challenge myself by studying something new that will be very useful to me in my future professional life.
This course is very helpful for anyone who wishes to do proofreading or book editing. It would also be very good for someone who wishes to be a writer or journalist. You will gain confidence and understanding of all that you need to have and know to be a proofreader or book editor.
I learned a lot and hope to set up as a freelancer in the future.
My time with the NZIBS was definitely time well-spent overall. The learning structure of one tutorial and assignment per month definitely helped me to stay motivated and not get overwhelmed. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I’m super proud of myself for completing a year-long course from h(…)
This has been overall a very comprehensive and explanatory course. I didn’t know much at all about proofreading and editing previously but now I feel confident enough to embark on a career with this new knowledge.
I would recommend this course to anyone who is involved with the written word. I have learned a diverse range of skills which have certainly extended my knowledge and skills, vastly improved my written work, and provided future career opportunities.
Excellent course and well organised tutors and staff at NZIBS.
This course came at a time in my life when I was really questioning what I was doing and what I wanted for myself personally, my family, and my career. I wanted to use my passion for literacy in my career but I didn’t know how without doing at least 3 years of study. Finding this course, and th(…)
This course originally appealed to me as I loathe errors in the written word which seems to be increasing in my opinion. Whether it be the newspaper, self-published novels, or in the kindle, they just jump out at me. I was always very good at English at school, where Mathematics was more of a f(…)
My employer paid for this as part of Council’s Personal Development Programme. I read resource consent reports as part of my role and this course has been invaluable. I am now being asked to proofread for the Policy and Planning Team. This course has helped me tackle tasks with a confidence in (…)
I have learnt so much from NZIBS. I now feel confident moving forward with my own business. They have built on my interest in correcting everything written, I wasn’t actually as good as I thought! I have learnt so much, and will continue to seek out every opportunity to learn even more. The adv(…)
I enjoyed the course immensely. It gave great insight into the world of publishing. The materials provided were current and extremely useful. Altogether a great course.
It is said that we should never stop learning and I have found the Proofreading and Editing Course has both challenged and motivated me to learn again. Not only do I have a skill that I can turn into income, but I have learned to learn again and now feel that anything I choose to do is within m(…)
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of the Proofreading and Editing course. It’s given me an appreciation of just how difficult it is to get something ready to publish. I feel like I’ve got the skills I need to develop a new career path which will keep me interested for years to come. I liked that it ma(…)
The quality of the tutorials and guidance offered from tutors and online forums has allowed me to feel supported and confident to put my newly found skills to practical use to start my own proofreading business.
This course has given me the foundational tools to begin as a proofreader and now I just need to put everything into practice.
What can I say!? I really enjoyed the course, and although I got a bit behind in the time I took to complete each tutorial and assignment (largely through being depressed and stressed over personal issues) I was always enthusiastic and keen to start the next one. I liked the format of the tutor(…)
My experience of completing the Diploma in proofreading and book editing was challenging but very rewarding. It has given me the confidence to move forward and start my own business. The tutor Val Guide was very supporting and helped me so much with her positive feedback and advice.
An easy institution to work with for self-motivated learners. Felt that I was treated like an adult. Liked the practical aspects, ie. learning and using the proofreading marks. Feel confident to state I am a freelance proofreader.
A great course that enabled me to formalise my amateur skills into a practical, meaningful qualification.
I thoroughly enjoyed NZIBS’s Proofreading and Book Editing Course. Was it challenging? Yes. Did it provide me with the skills to proofread and edit a range of written materials? Yes. Did my tutor (and other staff) provide the support, guidance, expertise and encouragement I needed? Yes. If you'(…)
I really enjoyed this course. I have done a lot of educational courses but often they are more simply for knowledge and understanding not outputs or – emphasis – money!!. This diploma is a professional qualification, which has allowed me to bring many of my life experiences together in one topi(…)
This is a great course as it helped a lot with my proofreading skills. I would recommend this course to anyone who is in my line of work, doing minutes and agendas.
I found this course very inspiring, challenging but not too stressful. I was able to fit it around my everyday life. It gave me something to work towards, feeling proud of what I was doing and in the end hoped to achieve. When I retired I found a big void in my personal challenges after being i(…)
I have always loved reading and I thought I had a good understanding of grammar. This course taught me that I didn’t know nearly as much as I previously thought. I found the course work interesting, engaging, and at times quite challenging. The ability to study around my current commitments was(…)
I was a bit nervous about undertaking formal study again after a break of 20+ years but I found the course very easy to manage in a year even while working part-time & taking care of a family. The tutorials are well structured and tutors or fellow students are accessible for any questions & que(…)
I have loved this course. It has had its challenges which have been excellent for building skills and knowledge. Everything is very professional and amazing resources which have been really useful and used. Such amazing information and help on setting up a business. Help is always available whi(…)
I enrolled in this course after I had downloaded the information for a friend. In looking at the material I thought, “I could do that!”. I am glad that I did. The course has taught me a lot and has opened up a new area of work for me. Thank you to the tutors.
This is a very well planned course, full of exercises and 12 assignments to complete. The reference books supplied for the course are invaluable as is the feedback and comments from my tutor. This course has helped me build new skills to assist in a new direction for my career.
I entered into this course thinking it would be relatively easy but it was more challenging than I thought it would be – which was great actually. I really feel inspired now to read more and continue on this path to a new career.
The Proofreading and editing course has been a wonderful experience for me. Working full time with a 3-year-old and 19-year-old means life is busy, but this course gave me something just for myself. I gained confidence as I progressed through the course, learning new things and look forward to (…)
I really enjoyed learning so much more about the proofreading and editing industry. There is so much more to it than I could have ever imagined. The course is well laid out and all the information you need to make a successful freelance business is provided. I highly recommend this course.
The course was well laid out. I enjoyed the self-directed learning.
My experience in this course has been nothing but positive. Everything about the course was very do-able, appropriately paced, with degree of difficulty increasing. My tutor was very knowledgeable, responsive and pleasant, and I have found it a very good experience for which I thank you all.
This course has given me the confidence to approach retirement knowing I have a skill that may supplement my income, provide an interest with the ability to work from home or anywhere in the world. Tutors were extremely helpful, particularly with their suggestions, comments, and encouragement.
I LOVED this course. After high school, I was very lost on what I wanted to do with my life, so when someone recommended this course to me, I was more than eager to give it a go. I’ve always loved the idea of working with words, and this course has only strengthened that love. Now I feel like I(…)
The Proofreading and Editing course run by NZIBS is a great way to learn a new skill and perhaps lead to a new career. Anyone with an interest in the written word and a keen eye for little errors will enjoy the challenge of proofreading. There are 12 assignments to be completed and you get 12 m(…)
I feel that this course has prepared me well for setting up proofreading work. Enjoyable assignments. Very helpful tutor. VERY helpful Student forum. In the few proofreading jobs I have already completed, free, for experience, I drew on much of the knowledge I had gained from this course.
This was something I have always wanted to learn. And finally I have done something about it. The course was enjoyable.
This has been a great course to delve into something new. It has shown me that I can learn something new and even to start my own business!
I enjoyed the course very much – it has given me an opportunity to turn my occasional hobby (and frustration) into a potential career. It also has broadened my scope of proofreading and editing. I’d recommend the course to anyone who is interested in proofreading and editing.
This course has helped me enter a new stage of my life. No matter which path I choose to take next I have new skills, new options and I feel very accomplished. The flexibility of this course means it can fit into your life and around other commitments. I enjoyed being able to work at my own pac(…)
I would highly recommend this course to anyone contemplating a career in proofreading and copy editing. There is much to learn in this field, more than I ever realized; and I would find it impossible to pursue employment opportunities without having taken this course. For a reasonable cost of t(…)
I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to further their knowledge on the correct grammar and punctuation to use, not just someone wishing to make a career from proofreading! It is a very informative, enjoyable, detailed 12-month journey with the guaranteed outcome of increased understa(…)
I started this course thinking that I was good at proofreading and editing. I was pleased to find that I had a lot to learn, and still do! The assignments were varied and interesting. The course has shown me where to find answers to queries that will come up in my future as a proofreader and I (…)
This course has been a great investment, it is well structured and well managed. The whole administration from first registering interest, to payment, to receiving online details and paper tutorials was a very easy, user-friendly process. The tone of the tutorials is excellent: I got the sense (…)
I highly recommend this course. I especially like the student portal which gave me the opportunity to connect with other students. The self-paced nature of the course allowed me to take breaks when I needed to focus on other areas of my life. Yet, I still completed it within 12 months!
I enjoyed the course and would recommend it to others. I liked that the course not only teaches the skills needed for proofreading but also how to start a business.
Was a real eye-opener as I thought I was pretty good with grammar but this course took it to a new level. Although I took longer to do the course than the allocated 12 months I have found it interesting and beneficial to hopefully progress in earning a living in the future. Each assignment was (…)
NZIBS Proofreading and Editing course has been an incredible experience that has immeasurably enhanced my grasp of the English language and has been one of the greatest highlights of my learning experience.
Overall, this was an interesting, challenging course. I enjoyed thinking about the business side of things as it is a transferable skill to other things. I liked learning about the digital side of things, like how to edit a Word document. This was something quite new to me, so it helped me lear(…)
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the Proofreading and Book Editing course. I felt that we had plenty of course material – both in the way of texts and tutorials. I found the readings interesting and varied. I learnt a lot about proofreading [and about myself, I think!]. I now feel more con(…)
I procrastinated for quite a long time in registering for the proofreading and editing course, but finally, I did with fear and trembling. I thought this would overwhelm me and just maybe I might not manage what was expected. I can now honestly say I’ve managed to complete this course and total(…)
I enjoyed doing the Proofreading and Editing Course. It was very professional and well organised. The resources supplied were very good and we were given many references to find extra information. The assignments were varied and interesting. They challenged my thinking and made me use my concen(…)
A great course that I learned a lot from and thoroughly enjoyed. I am confident that it will help me in my future endeavours.
The course is interesting and informative, and help is always available on the forums or directly from the tutors. The skills I have learned have opened up new possibilities for me.
I looked at this Proofreading & Editing course for almost a year before I decided to go ahead and take the plunge. I wanted to wait until my son was a little bit older and until I was sure of my determination and commitment to the course. After some initial doubts as to the timing of this in re(…)
My overall experience has two facets: firstly, the course is extremely thorough, well thought out and superbly presented. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who is a wordsmith and is contemplating either honing their skills or learning the ‘trade’ with a view to making it t(…)
I thoroughly enjoyed doing this course. I learned a lot and also learned about how much I don’t know and have yet to learn. I have done proofreading in my job as a personal assistant and also proofread for family and friends for years but had never considered it to be something that I could tur(…)
Often a love/hate thing. I loved the confident feeling when I thought I’d done well, I didn’t much like seeing how many silly mistakes I had actually made! There’s so much to learn in this field, some things are very confusing but it’s a great feeling when the penny drops and you get a glimmer (…)
The Proofreading and Editing course was one I found to be very enjoyable and interesting! I found the tutorials to be easy to understand, and the assignments themselves were quite engaging! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn to become a proofreader.
I thought the course was awesome for me in my situation. I’m not sure where it will take me in the future but i know it has given me so much personally. Confidence, knowledge and determination.
I definitively enjoyed the full course and it responded to my expectations in term of leaning. This course went beyond my expectations while providing information on how to create and advertise my business along with information on the publishing industry. The frequency of the assignments was a(…)
I have loved this course and am missing looking to read a new tutorial now I have finished it. The year flew by. I highly recommend both the course and the NZIBS, everything has been seamless. Thank you very much for a great learning experience.
I was looking for an academically based course to accompany other formal tertiary qualifications and determined the Proofreading and Editing course run through NZIBS was a great fit. The course content provided a consistent mechanism for my future writing endeavours. Additionally, it provided a(…)
Overall the course was worthwhile. I feel I can do a much more professional job of proofreading now, and it has certainly expanded my knowledge of helpful resources to support me, and it has given me more ideas of what sort of proofreading work I could do beyond the most obvious.
The Proofreading and Editing course has enabled me to enhance my existing skills and to gain confidence. The information and ideas about setting up a business and gaining work were very useful.
I thoroughly enjoyed completing this course and had plenty of help when I needed it. I recommend it to anybody who wishes to pursue a career in proofreading and editing.
I started this course with great trepidation, 59 years old and not having had studied for many years. I had just left my profession due to ill health and was looking for something totally different that I could do from home. The ad for this course on Facebook ticked all the boxes, given that I (…)
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I highly recommend the course to anybody who wants to do proofreading, or even just polish up your own language/grammar skills.
I found what was taught to me through this incredibly detailed course to be very insightful and served to bring to light, habits and quirks within writing at large that all of us end up dealing with every day. During my time on this course, I learned a lot of invaluable information which will c(…)
I thought I was pretty good at spelling and punctuation – until I did the Proofreading and Editing Course. Completing this course has given me so much more confidence to proof the technical documents that come over my desk. I now know exactly what to look for, how to mark up the mistakes and ho(…)
I found the Proofreading and Editing course to be very well run and definitely designed with the student at the forefront. I learnt so much that I previously was unaware of and the course had a practical aspect that will help me to apply my knowledge into a successful business venture.
The NZIBS Proofreading and Editing course delivered everything I was hoping it would. It was fun, interesting, informative, and engrossing. The support from my tutor and fellow students in the student forum made sure I never felt that I was alone in this course. I could spend whole days studyin(…)
I really enjoyed this course. The tutorials were well written and well organised. The tutors provide good feedback and are very supportive. This course has set me up to follow a new direction after retiring from teaching. Many thanks.
I deliberated for several months before actually enrolling in the Proofreading & Editing Course but feel very pleased that I did. The course provided me with much more than I expected, and although some assignments were challenging I felt supported by my tutor.
The Proofreading and Editing Course is interesting and enjoyable to work through. It gives you additional skills to use either in this particular field or that are easily transferable to most work environments. In addition, you are taught how to set up a business of your own if this is your wish.
This course has been challenging, but in a manageable way. As a mum of a toddler, and another on the way, I really appreciated the flexibility this course offered. I was able to work at my own pace and get help when I needed it. I’m really proud of myself for completing this diploma, even thoug(…)
NZIBS has provided me with the opportunity to learn in an area that I greatly enjoy. It has opened my eyes to so much possibility that can be achieved when one really puts their mind to it. A love of learning is definitely nurtured and the support between other learners is overwhelming. I defin(…)
This started as an interest rather than an expectation to run a business. However, the excellent tutorials and informative and objective responses to my assignments have grabbed my enthusiasm to ‘give it a go’.
The course was a challenge in some parts, and Dick sometimes must have felt like banging his head against a brick wall. I was making the same mistakes often, and it didn’t seem to click into place until towards the end of the course. I would, and have recommended this course to a friend from work.
Being of what is politely termed “retirement age”, and not having studied anything for many a long year, I enrolled for my course with some trepidation and after much procrastination. I’m so very glad that I found the courage! I’ve learnt an enormous amount and feel confident that I can do a go(…)
This course was on my bucket list for years. Finally, I have taken it and completed it. What a journey…I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment, and special thanks to my wonderful tutor, who encouraged me all the way. Now I am ready to begin my next journey with my new-found skills. Lookout…her(…)
Highly recommend the proofreading and editing course. Assignments were well organised, administration excellent, the tutor was knowledgeable and professional. I now have the skills and confidence to start my own proofreading business.
The Proofreading & Editing Course has been incredibly interesting. I have learnt so much. I am sad that I have finished it!
This was a really great experience for me. Thank you
I would highly recommend NZIBS if you are looking for a proofreading /editing course. I found the course very easy to follow and full of information and links. The resources that came with the course have been very helpful and I shall no doubt refer to them in the future. The student forum is a(…)
I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into the publishing area. I have loved it and am very sorry that it has all come to a close. However, it has given me the impetus to continue on with other online courses in the same or similar field. I may even become a full-time, professi(…)
I have not studied for many many years, but this experience was amazing. I found the course material excellently presented, the tutors helpful and the course itself is everything and more than I expected. It is certainly wonderful knowing I will now be able to contribute financially to our fami(…)
I decided to do this course not really knowing what to expect. When the course material arrived in the mail and I opened it up and had a look, I did ask myself “What have I done here?” However, I plunged right in and a year later I find myself having completed the course.
It was fun, challe(…)
I took this course as a way to improve on what I’ve read and understand but have gained so much more!
I found the course helpful, illuminating in some aspects and quite nurturing in many ways. I have been editing and proofreading in an informal way for years but now I have new disciplines to follow and adhere to. It will be interesting to see where my new skill and confidence lead me next.
I really loved his course. The materials were really interesting, informative and clear to follow. The assignments were varied and covered off all aspects of proofreading & editing. I completed the course feeling confident and excited about what lies ahead.
I highly recommend the NZIBS Proofreading and Book Editing course for anyone with an interest in grammar, spelling and writing. The tutorials are well set out and interesting and the corresponding assignments aren’t too challenging if the tutorial work is studied well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Proofreading and Editing course which I found to be manageable whilst working full time. The course material and assignments are clearly presented, interesting and sufficiently challenging—a great opportunity for professional and personal growth!
This course has and will continue to help me proof/edit/format documents in not only my current but future working roles/life. It will also help me run my own business. I have learnt so much and with the course being step by step, it is amazing how much each tutorial teaches.
Fantastic course – would highly recommend. I feel I got excellent value for money.
I would highly recommend anyone who has an interest in the English language to take on this course, it is interesting and informative. I have learned so much since this time last year and it has not encroached in to my spare time too much.
I have been enthusiastic in telling people who’ve asked, how interesting and stimulating I’ve found the PAE course. The course content and tutorial support have been excellent, and the administration has been flawless. I’m looking forward to getting started in this field!
Overall this course has been a really exciting project for me, which I hope to put to use in my every day life. I have learned a lot and love the back up of the student portal. I cannot wait to put my new skills into practice. Thanks to my tutor Katrien, I appreciate all your help. Look out wor(…)
I really enjoyed this course. I have learned a lot of new skills and will be able to use them not only in the and editing profession but also in other areas.
This was a thorough and detailed course and extremely interesting. I have learned an incredible amount which I am sure will enable me to set up a home business. Thank you so much to all involved. I look forward to joining the Graduates Club and continuing access to the excellent Student Forum.
Enrolling in the Proofreading and Editing Course with NZIBS has been an invaluable experience for me! I enrolled when I was unsure what I wanted to do with my life, and it has opened doors for me and exposed me to more paths. The staff are friendly and personally invested in your journey, and t(…)
I have enjoyed the course overall and am really grateful to now be officially qualified to set up my own proof-reading and editing business. Liza, you have been absolutely fabulous! Right from the start and all the way through, you have been really interested and super helpful to me. Many thank(…)
It took me a long time to complete this course. My tutors were very encouraging and I am so glad I persisted. I haven’t even reached the end of my course and already I have a proofreading contract. The course gives you the skills and resources to run a successful business. The NZIBS also have s(…)
NZIBS has provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime, in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. I now have the responsibility of using the new knowledge that I have gained to the very best of my ability in the work that I now set out to do. I take a moment to tell you how proud I am of (…)
I have really enjoyed doing this course. It has pushed me to learn more about a subject that I have always loved and look very much forward to to help others in finishing their written works.
I have never studied via correspondence so this was a new experience for me. The whole experience has been fantastic. I highly recommend trying a course offered by NZIBS!
This course has taken me to places I thought were too hard to reach on my own— a glimpse into the world of publishing, a proofreader with recognised skills, and tools to run my own business, on my own terms. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the accumulated sense of achievement and ongoing excitement thi(…)
A very encouraging learning experience. Excellent guidance through encouraging tutor comments and being able to access other student and tutor comments and issues on the Student Forum. Thank you.
Being a keen reader, when this course appeared on my computer, I felt the need to investigate further.I’m pleased I did, although I didn’t realise how involved it would be.(I was never a good student at school, but this was going to be different and I would succeed). I have enjoyed the course, (…)
I found the course materials, course structure, and assignments to be relevant and enjoyable. The course was at right level to provide some challenge and I quickly realised that there is more to proofreading than I had imagined. The feedback was excellent, always positive and encouraging. By th(…)
If you think proofreading is dull, think again! The Proofreading and Editing Course at NZIBS will keep you thoroughly engaged and when it comes to an end, you’ll wish it could go on a bit longer. Actually, it does, because graduate support is fantastic. The course itself is thorough; by the end(…)
I really enjoyed this course. The material covered seemed perfectly pitched for someone looking for a change and wanting to start out in the proofreading and editing trade.
The course outlined many aspects of publishing, useful to know when proofreading and editing. After each assignment I was always eager to tackle the next tutorial. Assignments covered a range of editing/proofreading tasks, providing a glimpse of opportunities for interesting editing work.
My experience with NZIBS has been overwhelmingly positive and inspirational. The course material and assignments were relevant and enjoyable, and my tutor gave me positive encouragement to motivate me to work harder as well as boosting my confidence. I would recommend this course and NZIBS unre(…)
I have always been an avid reader and I have a passion for books, so proofreading seemed like the next step. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the resulting journey into the world of editing!
All in all, I found the Proofreading and Editing course at NZIBS an enjoyable experience and at the right level to challenge me. My tutor was wonderfully supportive and provided very thorough feedback. Also, there are many avenues to obtain peer support and additional help if you want or need to.
I really enjoyed the Proofreading and Editing course. I learned a lot and I think it will help me in the future with academic writing, even if I choose not to go into proofreading as a career. The tutor was very helpful and gave comprehensive feedback on all assignments and they make you feel v(…)
I am happy to recommend this course to anyone I come in contact with who is likely to be interested, or other courses that you have, for that matter, as I am sure they are of equal quality.
I look forward to working in this industry and continuing with the Graduate Club.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to extend and challenge themselves. The outcomes of this study programme are increased confidence, skill and opportunity to lay the foundation for an independent income stream.
When I started on this course of study, I discovered that my idea of proofreading and editing was pretty basic and there was a lot to learn! The course content was great though and contained plenty of information and detail. If anyone is thinking about doing some study, even if you are in your (…)
I received excellent tuition from the editing and proofreading course at NZIBS. My skills in grammar, punctuation, and spelling have vastly improved. I am grateful for the help I received while I was studying and the course renewed my enthusiasm for English. The information about starting up yo(…)
The Proofreading and Editing Course I completed through NZIBS was a comprehensive and good quality course which I would recommend to anyone. It has equipped me to work professionally in a very exciting area and enabled me to confidently offer my services as a proofreader/editor and to work from(…)
I had an interesting experience. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it challenged me in different ways and helped me to develop as a proofreader. The assignments were challenging but not impossible and my tutor gave feedback which was helpful. I’m glad I chose to start and complete the co(…)
You would think that getting a PhD would provide me with a sense of certainty about my own writing, but it did not, and my confidence took another blow when I lost my proofreader. I have always loved working with words and I decided to take the proofreading and editing course offered by the NZI(…)
I found training with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies to be a positive experience. There is plenty of material in the tutorials, masses of references to draw on and encouragement from all levels of the personnel within the Institute. Thank you!
A great programme, thoroughly enjoyed it.
I had been really looking forward to starting the proofreading and editing course. It was great to have some challenging writing to proofread. I realised that I do still have a lot to learn in order to enhance my command of the English language. This has motivated me to read even more and to re(…)
My journey with NZIBS has been positive from start to finish. My husband forwarded information about this course which he had seen Facebook. I immediately called the office and spoke to Dr Liza Pujji, who was both helpful and informative. I am an avid reader and have always been interested in l(…)
I am very pleased with the service and help I received from NZIBS while studying for the Proofreading and Editing Diploma. If I did not understand part of an assignment I looked on the student portal or emailed my tutor, Dick Ward, who was quick to respond and reassure me. I have completed my s(…)
I would thoroughly recommend the Proofreading and Book Editing (PAE) course to anyone who is interested in reading, writing and the use of language. I loved all the readings and assignments, every one of them challenged me – just learning the all new symbols and their use for proofreading was d(…)
I started the Proofreading and Editing course because I was looking for training in something I could enjoy and do from home. I have always enjoyed proofreading and this course reinforced this for me. The skills and knowledge I have gained from this course will be a solid base for me to promote(…)
The office staff were so supportive and understanding. My tutor was amazing! Thank you so much, Val. I looked forward to your feedback, more than the mark. Your comments and feedback were always positive, and I learned something every time. I learned as much about proofreading and editing as I (…)
Here I am with a diploma sitting proudly on my office wall. My office in its previous life was our garage, now we have a lovely wee office and a smaller garage. Fortunately, we have a very obliging neighbour and we keep our boat in his garage. I’ve just been given the job for proofreading a Coo(…)
Have to say, WONDERFUL support is given to students!
I have 3/4 completed the course and thoroughly enjoyed it. Look forward to graduating. Thank you New Zealand Institute of Business Studies for presenting me with this great opportunity.
I was so excited to get my course materials on Monday night! It was a stationery lovers dream. So far I am really enjoying learning something new, inspite of a cold that is making my head a bit foggy at the moment. The material is thorough and makes sense. I am glad I committed ????
I enrolled in the Proofreading and Editing course, still not sure if it was what I wanted to do (or if I’d even enjoy it) but determined to try something different. I took a little longer than the usual year to finish thanks to drama at work, but it turns out I liked it so much I came back for (…)
I have thoroughly enjoyed my year of learning with excellent guidance from my tutor Dick Ward. Each assignment provided greater insight into the art of the written word. How the English language has evolved from century to century and continent to continent. The need to allow for different styl(…)
I found the material broad and interesting. It introduced me well to a context of which I had very scant direct knowledge. The range of the proof-reading assignments is challenging and helpfully so. The resources to help set up in business are comprehensive and practical.
I loved this course and it has equipped me with the skills and confidence to become a freelance proofreader/copy editor. Thank you, Katrien for the positive and supportive tuition.
This has been an amazing and really enjoyable course. I am into my retirement years but still working full time, although in a much less stressful job these last 12 months since I moved back to New Zealand after nine years in Australia working in the mining industry. My aim is to set up my own (…)
The communication has been excellent and prompt, and always positive and helpful! I have learnt a lot from this course and can’t wait to get started!
I can highly recommend the ‘Proofreading and Editing’ course with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies. The course is well-organised and thorough with all necessary materials sent out well ahead of time. There were never any hiccups with the administration and it was so easy using the (…)
My own half-forgotten skill arose from a great love of English grammar, rhetoric and literature; it was a subject I’d studied to degree level. As my career progressed into technology and then engineering and finally into management, the ability to write in plain, good English was an asset I val(…)
I found the course to be good; definitely picked up a lot of useful skills and really liked the online forum to chat with the other students/graduates about current assignments, work, etc.
I didn’t actively pursue freelance editing work after finishing it, but definitely was good I did this co(…)
The staff at NZIBS gave me excellent support during my course. I have attained new skills for CV writing. I have a future in helping people with job applications. I highly recommend the Proofreading and Editing course as it can open up new possibilities.
This is a wonderful course. I did it and it launched me into my own business. Highly recommended.
Did this course, it is great. Now I have my own proofreading business.
It is possible to proofread without it, but NZIBS teaches you the right way. You will learn to proofread, and edit on paper, which I found invaluable. It teaches you to be thorough, and look at details you may otherwise miss.
I did the course while working 30 hours a week and having two children under four. It was a busy time but I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and learning and doing something I loved and was passionate about made the journey easier. NZIBS and the way their courses are developed are very supportive(…)
I have completed this course and there’s a lot more to it than just teaching you how to proofread (properly). I thought I already knew how and soon learnt there was a lot I didn’t know about. You also get lots of great advice and guidance on setting up your own business afterwards, how to go ab(…)
The information you provided went far beyond my expectations. Overall, my learning curve has reached new horizons.
I liked the resources which came with my course materials, especially the reference books. I feel confident because I have covered all aspects of proofreading and editing in depth. I loved the practical application of the last two assignments which have prepared me well to be a professional pro(…)
I enjoyed the course very much and it has opened a new direction for me. Now I have a greater appreciation of the publishing world and what is involved.
I appreciate the improvements this course has helped me make in my work. I enjoyed the variety of practice assignments and the different types of manuscripts we got to work on.
The information about the printing and publishing industry interested me. I enjoyed learning about new websites and Internet services.
My tutor’s feedback on my assignments was very helpful. I always got a quick response. All feedback was clear, concise, easy to understand and pretty thorough. This course has definitely helped improve my writing.
I appreciated the holistic approach of the training course. I not only got trained in proofreading and editing but I also learned how to set up my business. Each tutorial dealt succinctly with the given focus, was not too long or overwhelming, and the assignments were always relevant.
There are always challenges when entering a new learning environment. I soon learned how to manage and adjust. I used the Student Discussion Board many times in the year just passed and I found the comments there extremely helpful. I followed the Principal’s advice and began to build a database(…)
The learning progression was very clear as I moved through my training and assignments. I appreciated having the same tutor throughout the whole course. I liked working at my own pace. This meant I could go back and go over things again without any pressure.
I’m so pleased I now understand the difference between proofreading, copy editing and substantive editing. Plus, I’ve gained a greater understanding of English grammar.
This training course covered everything I needed to confidently undertake proofreading and editing work. It has raised my awareness of the English language and correct punctuation in everyday activities. I enjoyed being able to study in my own time, which gave me flexibility.
The feedback from my tutor was always useful, with a constructive tone, by which I mean a good balance between encouragement and critique. I always felt help was at hand if I had any queries. The course was more demanding than I’d anticipated but I soon saw that as a positive thing.
I heard the editor of an American magazine speaking on a podcast. She said she was looking for an editor. I emailed her and offered my services. She sent me a sample article to edit. Result was she liked my work and used the article I’d edited in the latest issue of her magazine. I’ve been offe(…)
I loved the way the training includes preparation for setting up in business (as a proofreader). It was so practical and informative. I feel so much more informed and confident about doing this now. My tutor was very knowledgeable and he developed my own knowledge much more than I expected.
I liked the way the course built up to showing us how to build a business as a proofreader and editor.
I’m excited to be embarking on this fantastic new career, and find myself discovering new possibilities for work every day.
I found out this morning I have secured a job as Editorial Quality Control with an online medical journal publisher! This is due in no small part to my (almost) completed Proofreading and Editing course, which I began last September, seeking a new direction in my life and work. I am over the mo(…)
I never thought I’d be embarking on a new direction in my life in my 50s – until I saw your advertisement for the Proofreader & Editor training course. I never thought I’d upskill myself at my age. But this course has taught me so much, not just about our wonderful English language and its idio(…)
Wheee! I am a real DipEdit now. I came home yesterday to find my diploma in the letterbox. Lots of nice comments from my tutor. Plus a load of useful BONUS information. Now my plan is to move forward and show some lucky people how much I can help them.
I started this journey to become a proofreader, hoping I could stop ‘just working’. I wanted to forge for myself a long-overdue new career option. I have now found that proofreading has opened up a whole new world for me. I’m an international proofreader.
I decided to do this training course to give myself a back-up option in case I ever decided to change my career path. My children are young and balancing their needs as well as a full time job is challenging. Even if I don’t end up being a full time proofreader and editor I am now equipped with(…)
Thanks to the NZIBS Proofreader & Editor training course I now have a folder full of templates (letterhead, invoice, flyers, business cards and updated CV) plus testimonials from satisfied clients. I feel as prepared as I can be to start on the next part of this adventure.
This training course has dragged me kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I’ve re-learned the current use of commas and hyphens, etc, which is different from what I was taught in my primary school. This course has proved to be invaluable.
My tutor was very patient and understanding which was important to me as an older student. I was a bit slow at times in understanding what I needed to do. But I’ve graduated with my diploma in Proofreading and Editing.
This Proofreading & Book Editing course has helped me in my current work as the editor of an association magazine. It has made me more aware of how important proofreading is to creating a publication. It has helped ‘train my eye’.
I feel my written work is clearer, more consistent and must be (…)
I want to tell you I enjoyed this course immensely. It took me 14 months because I have a hectic family life. It has given me an insight into a new career I knew very little about. To be able to earn a living from something I love to do – read – while I continue to indulge in an equal love – wr(…)
I was halfway through this proofreader training course when I decided to start my own proofreading and book editing company. The background for my thinking is a little complicated but basically I rent and I can’t afford to buy my own home in Auckland. I can’t survive as a solo mother on a small(…)
I supervise staff from 19 different countries so correcting their written work is a difficult task. This course helped me hugely.
Taking the proofreading course last year was definitely a life game-changer for me. The learnings I gathered from the course study materials, the textbooks, the tutor instructions and interactions from all of you (including my fellow students) have set me up for a successful start for the proof(…)
I appreciated learning how to set myself up in business as a professional proofreader and copy editor.
I liked the freedom to choose my own study time. The wealth of product and service knowledge in the training course materials was impressive. The URL links and references to other websites helped me expand my proofreader skills and understanding of the publishing industry. I liked the practical(…)
I have fibromyalgia which prevents me from working in a typical job environment. I have always loved books, reading and the English language. My reason for doing this course was so I could develop a proofreading business I can operate from home. Thus, I can take short rests and still meet proof(…)
I graduated with my Proofreader Diploma in 2007. Since then I’ve been teaching English to students in Vietnam. I also proofread newspaper articles for Vietnam News, the English language newspaper which keeps the ex-pat community informed. Once the word got around that I am a professional proofr(…)
I am sorry my Proofreading and Book Editing Course is now over. I have enjoyed doing it very much. During the time when my other consultancy work reduced it has given me a worthwhile fresh challenge, and another income.
I found my tutor’s feedback helpful, self-explanatory and easy to follow. Another benefit was this home-study system had a ready-made community of other students so I never felt alone in what I was doing. It felt like a safety net. I could ask for help when I needed it. Thank you.
The skills and experiences I have gained on this Proofreading course are already helping me in my chosen career, and in my personal life. It has surprised me how much I have already used this new knowledge in the classroom, and in my voluntary work on the marae.
At school my students have bene(…)
I am enjoying my retirement after leaving my stressful employment in the insurance industry. I have enjoyed the Proofreading and Book Editing Course immensely. I really enjoyed creating my own business cards and letterhead. This course has provided excellent skills knowledge plus the tools for (…)
Embarking on this course has given me renewed physical and mental vigour. I am enjoying the new direction my life is taking.
I’m happy to say I graduated last month and I am now making inroads into developing a home-based freelancing proofreading business. Currently I’m working on a blurb for my new Facebook page. I honestly didn’t imagine, when I started the course, that I’d be going in this direction. Actually I ha(…)
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Training from a trusted distance learning institute with over 30 years of experience
Dick Ward, your proofreading and editing tutor arrived from the UK in 1989 with his wife and family, looking for fresh challenges in a new land. In Britain, he taught English, Social Studies and Economics to apprentices and adults studying for university. He also headed a team of specialist social workers.
In New Zealand Dick held a teaching and research post at Manawatu Polytechnic (UCOL) and ran creative writing courses. After winning a creative writing competition, he started writing a humorous newspaper column, which ran weekly for ten years. Meanwhile, he became sole journalist and sub-editor on a weekly Wanganui newspaper. Thence to editor of another community paper, Ruapehu Press. Hands-on writing and editing is his strength. Training new people is his passion.
Now Dick does assorted freelance writing work, is associate-editor of an events industry magazine, proofreader and sub-editor of an on-line tourist trade magazine. He is a lifestyle block farmer with 11 acres for sheep, dairy goats, poultry, and a friendly donkey. He is helped by his wife Wendy.
With an early professional background as a secondary educator, Val Gyde has over twenty years’ experience as a senior manager in both private and public tertiary education institutions. These roles provided her with extensive insights into, and capabilities with, the production, editing and publication of commercial education resources in a range of written and electronic formats; completion of research, preparation of curriculum documents, NZQA submissions and applications; and copywriting for a broad range of business documentation, including proposals, annual reports, prospectuses and newsletters.
As a strong advocate of lifelong learning, she holds a Master’s degree (first class honours) and a professional editing qualification (with excellence). Her areas of particular professional interest are Education (Teaching and Learning Theory, Curriculum Design, Educational Psychology, E-Learning); Business (Organisation and Management, Human Resources, Educational Management and Administration); the Arts (Visual, Music and Performance, Art History); and Design (Graphic, Digital Technologies). Located in sunny Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Val is now a Director of her own company, providing proofreading and copyediting services to a range of businesses.
Katrien was born and raised in Gent, Belgium. At the age of 23, she moved to South Africa where her passion for books and education led to a career in university and special libraries (medical and law). During that time, she completed a BA in Library Science at the University of South Africa. She later continued her academic library work in Northern Ireland, South Korea and Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and is now based in Auckland on the North Shore.
During her career, numerous supervisors relied on her proofreading and copy editing interest and skills, but it took her nearly 30 years to make a career change and become a professional proofreader and editor. After completing diploma and degree level qualifications in Editing, she founded her own business. Katrien thoroughly enjoys the variety and challenges freelance editing offers, and is humbled by the opportunity to give something back to the NZIBS community as a tutor. She hopes that her experience will inspire her students to work confidently and passionately towards achieving their goals.
Finally, despite her busy schedule, Katrien makes time to listen to classical music, walk or spend time with her three lovely sons. She is a self-confessed coffee snob but also loves to catch up with friends over a good wine and a delicious meal.
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