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11 months
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Course Overview

Have you got a way with words? Turn that love into a marketable skill by studying a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing.

You’ll be trained in creative writing, vocational writing, copyediting and proof-reading, transforming yourself into the wordsmith you were meant to be.

Our talented teachers will explore key writing elements with you, including clarity, efficiency, precision, tone and structure. You’ll also improve your communication skills with flawless punctuation and grammar.

This course will also help you take your love of writing one step further when you choose electives in specialist writing fields such as children’s literature, poetry, fiction and corporate writing.

Taught online over a period of 11 months, you can study anywhere, anytime. You’ll also participate in class discussions and interact with your teachers and peers, so you feel supported and confident every step of the way.

Not only that, but this flexible course will help you find your voice as you experiment with form and style to see where your strengths and interests lie, while you meet like-minded people and start networking within a community of professional writers and editors.

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to put your skills and knowledge to the test by working in the sector as a:

  • Creative writer
  • Design and production trainee
  • Editing and proofreading assistant/trainee
  • Freelance writer
  • Journalist trainee
  • Publicity assistant
  • Publishing assistant
  • Marketing and public relations assistant

There is also the option to take your professional writing career even further by studying a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), and we’ll be here to help with all of those decisions when the time comes.

So, if you’re a budding writer and want to get started on the journey to a professional writing career, come study a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing at TAFE Gippsland to see where this exciting course will take you.

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Monday 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 9am – 4pm
Friday 8.15am – 12.30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

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 (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Applicants must participate in a telephone or face-to-face 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.
  • The 1000-word writing sample must be accompanied by a statutory declaration that asserts the work is original.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer with a reliable and high-speed internet connection.

Being an online course, students may participate on any day and at any time that suits them, except where synchronous learning activities – such as webinars – are arranged.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course Units
CUAPPR405 Develop And Discuss Ideas For Own Creative Work
CUAWRT409 Write creative nonfiction material
CUAWRT406 Write nonfiction material
CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
CUARES403 Research History And Theory To Inform Own Arts Practice
BSBITU303 Design and produce text documents
CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
CUAWRT404 Perform writing and editing tasks
CUAWRT405 Write fiction material
CUAWRT413 Write poetry
CUAWRT414 Write narratives


This course uses a range of assessments, including written work, work folios, online presentations, research projects and forum workshopping.