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Course Duration:
11 months
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
22/07/2024 Off campus

About this course

Explore your creative side while gaining the technical skills you need to succeed in this specialist industry.
Suitable for both full- and part-time students, this flexible, online course provides training in creative and vocational writing, copyediting and proofreading. It is an excellent pathway to tertiary study in writing, journalism and editing.

The Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing is a great option for would-be writers who would benefit from a disciplined environment to get started and from interacting with like-minded people.
With a focus on key writing elements as clarity, efficiency, precision, tone and structure you’ll receive a grounding in the fundamentals of grammar and punctuation.
Our specialist writing electives, which include corporate, fiction and creative non-fiction writing, will give you the opportunity to experiment with form and style and to see where your writing strengths and interests lie.
Webinars are held regularly throughout the week, but you can access their learning material and discussion forums on the Moodle learning platform 24/7.

Career Opportunities

• Creative Writer
• Design and Production Trainee
• Editing and Proofreading Assistant/Trainee
• Freelance Writer
• Journalist Trainee
• Publicity Assistant
• Publishing Assistant
• Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

Opportunities for Further Study

CUA50118 Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Skills or Knowledge gained

This course is designed to provide introductory training in creative and vocational writing and copyediting and proofreading. You will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:
• Industry knowledge
• Industry laws and regulations
• Copyright requirements
• Technological skills
• Use of the internet
• Grammar and usage
• Writing and editing skills
• Concept development
• History and theory
• Information collection and organisation
• Workshopping.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: No

Mandatory entry requirements:

Applicants must participate in an online interview to discuss their understanding of the course outcomes and must provide a 1000-word writing sample that demonstrates sufficient literacy skills to undertake the course.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $697.20 $3,486.00 $10,126.00
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Total $697.20 $3,486.00 $10,126.00
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with fees

Sample course units

BSBITU303 Design and produce text documents
CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
CUAPPR405 Develop And Discuss Ideas For Own Creative Work
CUARES403 Research History And Theory To Inform Own Arts Practice
CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media
CUAWRT404 Perform writing and editing tasks
CUAWRT405 Write fiction material
CUAWRT406 Write nonfiction material
CUAWRT409 Write creative nonfiction material
CUAWRT414 Write narratives

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.