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What Are the Best Proofreading Courses?

The best proofreading courses are programs that involve practice jobs, exams, tutoring, a certificate of completion, and a community of fellow students and graduates.

Is an Online Proofreading Course Right for You?

Is an online proofreading course right for you?

Are you the person your friends turn to when they need someone to proofread a letter before sending it? Maybe you were “that one kid” in class who actually looked forward to grammar assignments while the other kids groaned.

Let’s face it, if you’re on a proofreading blog, you’ve likely always had a knack for spotting weird sentence structure and all things grammar-related. Very few people are blessed (cursed?) with this gift, and even fewer people have figured out how to use their blessing to make money and form a career!

Did you know that the demand for transcript proofreaders has been on the rise every year since 2010?

Now that we live in a post-pandemic world that’s friendly to freelance work, the demand for proofreaders is higher than ever. As a result, online courses are popping up left and right! Proofread Anywhere has offered high-level general and transcript proofreading courses since 2014.

While Proofread Anywhere has plenty of glowing student reviews, proofreading is not easy work, and you will not become rich overnight. That said, you are in complete control when it comes to how many hours you work and the income you ultimately earn.

Essential Proofreading Skills

Essential proofreading skills

To become a proofreader, you don’t need previous experience but you do need to produce error-free documents to be a professional proofreader. The Proofread Anywhere courses will not only give you an introduction to proofreading but also the skills to correct writing errors and become a successful freelance proofreader.

Proofreaders will need:

  • Strong attention to detail: This is a no-brainer. You must be able to catch those pesky errors that editors and writers might miss.
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills should be far above average: If errors such as using “your” vs. “you’re” or random apostrophes added into plural nouns make you restless, you could be a natural!
  • Dedication: Working multiple freelance proofreading jobs can be difficult and stressful, so you need to be willing to continue to work through tough times in order to find success.

Optional Skills and Experience


Even if you are a natural at proofreading, English is a dynamic language that progresses over time, so be prepared to stay up to date with your grammar education. Many of our students have reported that rules they learned in English class 20 years ago aren’t even correct anymore!

If you have experience in editing, grammar, and spelling, it may be easier for you to become a professional proofreader.

Language evolution is the #1 reason why choosing an online proofreading course with lifetime access to updates is in your best interest. As the industry evolves, we update the content — so you can update your brain!

Writing and Publishing

Whether you have experience writing emails, guides, or novels, having publishing and writing experience can help you understand the editing and proofreading process and how it feels to have your work edited or proofread. 

Having connections within the writing and publishing industry can also help you to find clients once you have your proofreading certificate and training finished.

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What is Included in the Best Online Proofreading Courses?

What should the best proofreading courses have?

No course would be complete without a thorough overview of the most common errors writers make in their copy.

The best online proofreading courses include modules that cover English grammar skills such as:

  • Apostrophes
  • Capitalization
  • Commas and semicolons
  • Commonly misused words
  • Hyphens
  • Numbers
  • Noun and pronoun agreement
  • Quotation marks and italics
  • Subject and verb agreement
  • Common spelling errors

Choose a proofreading course that covers the nuances found among different English-speaking countries like the UK and Canada. It’s not just spelling that varies; punctuation varies as well.

Proofreading courses should also include access to tutors, downloadable resources, support, and a community so you can find answers when you are stuck.

Not All Online Proofreading Courses Are Created Equal!

Some proofreading courses focus heavily on the “theory” of proofreading but include very little practice. What’s the point in knowing how to do the work if you have no idea how to get the work?

The best online proofreading courses teach you:

  • Common proofreading strategies
  • How to ask for feedback from proofreading clients
  • How to ask for referrals
  • How to organize your business (including taxes)
  • How to set up your freelance website and social media for maximum exposure
  • How to network with potential proofreading clients

There’s so much more to becoming a proofreader than just proofreading services.

Learning how to market your services and communicate with your clients effectively is paramount. The best proofreading courses include step-by-step instructions for everything you need to do — including how to register a domain name and craft each page of your website.

How to Choose a Proofreading Course for You

Choosing the course for you

Of course, any online proofreading course can claim to be the best. You need to do thorough research and ask questions to ensure you’re choosing the best course.

Here are some questions to ask to help you choose a proofreading course:

  • Does the proofreading course offer the proofreading skills needed for a successful career? If an online course suggests that you can finish the coursework within a few days, then the course is not comprehensive enough. You should learn more than the basics of proofreading if you want to be successful.
  • Does the course offer how-to information relating to business and marketing? While most proofreading courses cover how to become a proofreader, learning to think like a business person is an entirely different set of skills. Make sure the course you choose offers regularly updated information on business setup, accounting/taxes, and marketing.
  • Does the proofreading course include access to a student community? Working alongside fellow students can dramatically improve your course experience. Online proofreading classes can be difficult, so having support can really help.

The best proofreading courses also cover how to work with various software and style guides that your clients may use. The more clients you take on, the more likely it is that you’ll need to use different tools. You can receive proofreading work in Microsoft Word, another in Google Docs, and still another in PDF format.

Not tech-savvy? No worries! If you choose a proofreading course with a community component, you can easily find help from a fellow student or support staff.

How To Join a Course

You can join our General Proofreading: Theory and Practice course or you can specialize with the Transcript Proofreading course. Proofread Anywhere also offers an intro course for those who aren’t sure if proofreading is right for them.

Since 2014, Proofread Anywhere has offered the best online proofreading courses — courses that cover it all: proofreading techniques, practice, business setup, accounting, marketing, and even mastering your mindset as a freelancer.

With our lifetime support, lifetime access, all updates at no additional cost, hand-graded exams, and an incredible student community, you’ve got a recipe for success that grows right along with you.

With our holistic approach to becoming a proofreader, we guarantee you won’t find a better course anywhere else!

Grab a seat in our free online workshop to get started now.

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  1. I won the spelling bee eight years in a row. When I was in seventh grade I remember being such a stickler on grammar and punctuation
    To this day I am the go to gal for reading a paper or story. I usually can notice a run on sentence and a punctuation error. Thank God for spell check.

  2. Yes, I am seeking training in proofreading. Any direction as to how to proceed to pursue that ability would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to join the free online workshop.

  4. Hello Caitlin! I just enrolled in Ignite Plus. I would bet that I am one of the most action oriented people to have signed up in a long time. I'm comfortably retired but I've been looking for just this for many years. Bring it on! After a good night's sleep, I'll be starting tomorrow. (Feel free to note corrections. LOL!)

  5. You recently had a sale offering your course for 60% off. I followed all the steps to enroll, to no avail. I tried two different payment methods but neither one would process. The sale ended midnight July 31st. I’m retired and on a fixed income but wanted to take advantage of the sale price. What happened? Why couldn’t I enroll?

  6. I am interested in this course.
    What is to the total cost?
    Do I need a cd-rom?
    Also, how long is the course?

    1. For more information on the full General Proofreading course and how much it costs, head over to our course overview page. https://learn.proofreadanywhere.com/gptp

      The time it takes to complete each course varies. It all depends on how much time you can devote to studying — and whether or not there are any areas you may need extra time to master.

      Some students have completed the General Proofreading course in 30 days. Others take longer. We advise you to take your time, study, and complete all of the practice so you can get the most out of it.

      The transcript proofreading course usually takes approximately 2-4 months to complete depending on your schedule and how much time you devote to the course, it could take more or less time for you. In any case, the students who see the most long-term success always take their time.

      That’s why we always recommend that you do not rush through the course just to get clients and income. Pace yourself so you can learn as much from the course as possible. The effort you put into it will reflect in the quality of proofreading you provide after you graduate. While our course gives you the tools to succeed, it’s ultimately up to you to perform high-quality work — which is what will help you acquire and retain clients! There’s no point in amassing a bunch of clients to make fast money if those clients aren’t happy with the end result. All of the study and practice you do is worth it! 😀

  7. I would love to take advantage of this sale, but cannot begin the course for a few weeks. Can you begin on your own timeline?


    1. You can start the course whenever you would like. You have lifetime access to your purchase.

  8. I could not find what you
    charge for the courses. Please advise the cost.
    Thank you.

    1. If you’re not sure about what exactly freelance proofreading is, or if this course is for you, we invite you to check out our Free 7-Day E-Course: Introduction to Proofreading! Please click on the link below:

      For information on our General Proofreading course, please click here: https://learn.proofreadanywhere.com/gptp

      For more information regarding our Transcript Proofreading course, please click this link:

    1. Yes, your client will determine which style guide they want used for their proofreading projects.

  9. Watched your online workshop and it froze at the end. I missed out on the bonus material. What gives??

    1. It all depends on the individual student. The General Proofreading course takes most students an average of 5-7 weeks to complete the course, but some have finished in as little as 30 days. The Transcript Proofreading course usually takes most students 2-4 months to complete. It’s a more rigorous course and there’s a lot of information to learn and a lot of practice to complete.

    1. The cost for our General Proofreading course is Ignite $697 and Ignite Plus $797 (with exam and extra features)
      The course takes most students on average 5-6 weeks, but some have finished in as little as thirty days. It depends on the individual and the person’s aptitude with the rules of the American English language. We review the rules of grammar and punctuation in the first half of the course provided with 38 practice worksheets, a 100-question quiz, and 40 practice essays to proofread so you can really feel confident about your proofreading skills before you take the exam if you choose to purchase it.

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