Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Building
Course Location
Course Duration
Full Time: 1 year
Part Time: 2 years
Course Cost
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PWE2015CourseDescriptionv1 (pdf)
Study Modes
Online; Part Time (Day)
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • February 2015
Part Time:
  • February 2015

Mid-year 2015


Barbara Vaughan
Mobile: 0412 027 854
Phone: (03) 5127 0235 
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: b.vaughan@federationtraining.edu.au
Post:  PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Download the electronic enrolment form here.
Email the completed form to Barbara Vaughan.

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing provides training in creative and vocational writing and industry-standard copyediting and proofreading.

It is a great option for would-be writers who would benefit from a disciplined environment to get started, and from interacting with like-minded people. The course is an excellent pathway to employment and tertiary study in writing, journalism and copyediting.

You can read find out more about the course structure and individual subjects by downloading our 2015 Course Description.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many Federation Training courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Creative Writer
  • Design and Production Trainee
  • Editing and Proofreading Assistant/Trainee
  • Freelance Writer
  • Journalist Trainee
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements but we do ask candidates to submit a 300-word piece of prose with their application. Please email to b.vaughan@federationtraining.edu.au

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


This course uses a range of assessments, including written work, portfolios, online presentations, research projects and multiple choice tests.

Opportunities For Further Study

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Students must complete all core units and six electives to gain the qualification.

Unit Code Unit Name
Core Units
Computer Skills
BSBITU303A Design and Produce Text Documents
Copyright Basics
Implement Copyright Arrangements
Industry Knowledge 
CUAIND301A  Work Effectively in the Creative Arts Industry 
Introduction to Writing and Editing
VU20880 Develop Writing and Editing Skills
The Writer's Toolbox
Write Fiction Material
VU20882 Write Non-Fiction Material
Children’s Writing
VU20886 Write for Young Children
Corporate Writing
BSBPUB403A Develop Public Relations Documents
Feature Writing
VU20888 Write Journalism
Life Writing
VU20889 Write Creative Non-Fiction Material
Literature for Writers
CUVRES401A Research History and Theory to Inform Own Arts Practice
VU20885 Write Poetry
Short Fiction
VU20883 Write Short Narratives