Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Code: CUA40118
Study Area:
Writing and Music

Start date: 17/02/2020

End date: 03/12/2020

Classes: Monday to Thursday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Your career as a writer and editor starts here!

Do you have unpublished writing you don’t know what to do with? Do you want to know how to properly edit and present your work to get it published? This industry standard course has been designed to introduce participants to the skills required in the contemporary writing and editing industry and will suit the needs of a range of writing industry professionals.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers


Course overview


CUA40118 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing is a new nationally accredited course.

It is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to write and edit professionally.

  • Do you have unpublished writing you’d like to see in print or as an ebook?
  • Do you want to learn how to edit so your work can be published?

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

  • creative writers,
  • non-fiction writers,
  • PR writers,
  • journalists,
  • proof readers,
  • editors,
  • fiction writers,
  • freelance 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 develop project management skills.

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.


Through hands-on experience, you will develop the foundation skills required to use industry-standard applications such as Microsoft Word and digital-publishing programmes such as Adobe’s InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop to prepare you for work in the rapidly changing digital world.

When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to write and edit in various fields and you’ll have the confidence to write in an engaging style with accuracy and flair.

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
  • 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 six 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.


  • Computer skills for writers
  • Introduction to industry skills for writers
  • Editing foundations
  • Introduction to writing fiction
  • Introduction to writing non-fiction
  • Introduction to myths and symbols for writers
  • Introduction to manuscript development
  • Introduction to content creation for new media
  • Introduction to writing for video, film and television

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.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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*$3,080.00
Concession - average total course fee*$616.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$9,240.00
B.   Materials average fee**$192.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$154.00
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 13/02/2020 1:13 PM

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