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Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing 22203VIC

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  • Awarded by

    North Coast TAFE (RTO 90010)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Max 18 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 06 Mar 2017

About this course

Learn to write for the digital age with this Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing course from Open Colleges. From social media to Search Engine Optimisation, this course will take you through the many aspects of successfully writing for an online audience.

If you're interested in trying your hand as a professional writer, this course will turn your creativity and writing skills into a viable career opportunity. Develop your skills in creating digital content, both fiction and non-fiction, including technical documents, research reports, scripts and short narratives.

You'll also learn how to research, proofread and edit, both your work and the work of others. If you're looking to learn how to write in a more accurate and professional way then this course is perfect for you!

  • Prerequisites


    There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

  • Subjects

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    In this writing and editing course, the subjects you will study include:

    • Conduct research
    • Write content for a range of media
    • Develop writing and editing skills – part 1
    • Develop writing and editing skills – part 2
    • Work effectively in the creative arts industry
    • Implement copyright arrangements
    • Write content for web pages
    • Develop public relations documents
    • Write non-fiction material
    • Write fiction material

    And two electives from the following:

    • Create technical documentation
    • Write short scripts
    • Write journalism
    • Write short narratives
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


    All student testimonials for Open Colleges

    "It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."

    Yvonne Mes , Certificate in Professional Children\'s Writing

    "Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."

    Emma Christian-Hayes , Certificate IV in Allied Health specialising in Physiotherapy

    "It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."

    "I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."

    Marcia Lindsay , Diploma of Hospitality

    "I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing from North Coast TAFE.

Developed with a vocational focus, this course will ready you for a writing career in the digital environment. 

You'll come away from this online course with the ability to write for a multitude of platforms and publications. With a choice of two electives, you'll be able to hone your skillset and specialise in technical documentation, scripts, journalism or short narratives.

Wondering where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor
  • Proofreader


Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

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