Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Code: CUA50118
Study Area:
Professional Writing & Editing

  • Starts: February 2022.
  • Ends: December 2022.
  • Classes: Monday to Thursday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

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Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full-time, one year, face-to-face


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

  • Pre-training review
  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment

Course overview

Your career as a writer and editor starts here!

Your course

The Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (CUA50118) is a new nationally accredited course developed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a professional writer and editor in the creative and publishing industries.

  • Do you have unpublished writing youd like to see in print or as an ebook?
  • Do you want to know how to edit and present your work so it can be published?

This industry-standard course refines the skills developed in the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing course or developed by you in your personal or industry writing experience.

You will further develop the expertise required by writers and editors in the contemporary writing and editing industry in a digital world.

The course is designed to suit the needs of a range of writers:

  • creative writers,
  • non-fiction writers,
  • PR writers,
  • journalists,
  • proof readers,
  • editors,
  • fiction writers,
  • screenwriters,
  • novelists,
  • short-story authors, and
  • writers in new-media.

To complement your creative and technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, know how to deliver to a deadline, and manage a project.

You will also develop a portfolio of your original written work and have an opportunity to be published in Painted Words, an annual, professionally produced and printed anthology of student writing.

Digital skills

Through hands-on experience, you will learn industry-standard applications like Word, InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Assignment
  • Portfolio
  • Project

Learning options
  • Classroom (Delivery Method)

Key study areas

Core and elective units

To be awarded the qualification you must successfully complete six core units and seven elective units.

Your course is delivered face-to-face with clusters of units designed to give you hands-on instruction in a range of writing and editing techniques you can expect in the writing industry.

Study areas

  • Industry skills for writers
  • Industry Project (advanced editing)
  • Writing fiction
  • Writing non-fiction
  • History of writing
  • Content creation for new media
  • Desktop publishing
  • Writing for video, film and television
  • Poetry and lyric writing

You will be regularly assessed during the course to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required. Assessments may include practical written project-work and oral tasks.

Your course is classroom centred in a studio-based environment in which you will study individually and occasionally in groups, you will use industry-standard equipment and the latest digital publishing software.

Further study opportunities


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$9,050.00
Concession - average total course fee*$1,810.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,850.00
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 28/10/2021 3:01 PM