General proofreading is much more… general! 🙂
If you are interested in proofreading but not sure if you want to get niche-specific with transcript proofreading, General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ is the perfect way to begin your journey into proofreading for profit. It’s an excellent, heavily detailed training system wherein you’ll learn everything you need to know about proofreading general texts — think books, blogs, and the like. There is no heavy focus on a specific, technical niche like court reporting within this course.
In contrast, Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ is a much more focused and intense course than General Proofreading. It zooms in on the busy, fast-moving world of court reporters and the transcripts they produce. Because transcripts are verbatim to what is said in a legal proceeding, proofreading transcripts is much more technical and complicated. The list of errors you’re hunting is completely different — and much longer. In short, transcript proofreading skills take longer to master, and the training takes longer to complete.
Both are excellent courses, and you can’t go wrong taking either — plenty of folks have enrolled and successfully completed the more-intense Transcript Proofreading course since 2014. However, if you are brand new to proofreading for profit and unsure of what niche you want to pursue, I highly recommend starting with General Proofreading first. Later, if you totally rocked General Proofreading and want to narrow your focus and/or further expand your skills to earn at a higher level, Transcript Proofreading will help you do just that. Plus, you get Level 1 of Transcript Proofreading FREE after you complete General Proofreading (a $77 value), so you will save a bit of cash in the long run by starting with General Proofreading first.
Here’s a chart to briefly explain the main differences between the two courses:
|General Proofreading: Theory and Practice||Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice|
|Who’s a good fit?||Interested in proofreading but not sure where to start? This is the perfect course to dive into the freelance world of proofreading and get your business rolling on a more basic level.||Want to start strong? Already a proofreader and want to narrow your focus into a powerful, lucrative market with more technical skills? This is the course for you.|
|Focus||Learn the detailed mechanics of proofreading AND how to market your services to find clients, even if you don’t have any prior experience.||The ONLY online course designed specifically to train proofreaders in the art of transcript proofreading.|
|Content||This course is packed with 40+ lessons in 8 modules, grammar-specific worksheets, and real-life example jobs.||Includes 9 modules and 55 units of theory, practice, and multiple examinations designed to thoroughly prepare you for the work.|
|How enrollment works||Enroll in full course at one time. Final exam recommended but not required.||Enroll in course starting with Level 1; advance to higher levels allowed pending exam scores.|
|Minimum time required to complete||Approximately 1 month||Approximately 2-4 months; sometimes longer depending on student.|
|What happens at the end||After passing with 90% or higher on the final exam, receive a Certificate of Completion and access to the Self-Publishing School Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex (IGNITE-PLUS LEVEL STUDENTS ONLY; see enrollment page for details).||Receive a Certificate of Completion upon receiving a score of 90% or higher on the cumulative final exams.|
|How to learn more||To learn more, click here to sign up for the FREE video workshop.||To learn more, click here to enroll in the FREE 7-day intro course.|