Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Deepening
Course Location
Course Duration
Full Time: 1 year
Part Time: 2 years
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of Federation Training. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges..
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Study Modes
Online; Part Time (Day)
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • February 2015
Part Time:
  • February 2015

Mid-year 2015

Barbara Vaughan
Phone: (03) 5127 0235
Mobile: 0412 027 854
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 Diploma of 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 Diploma of 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
  • Editor and proofreader
  • Freelance writer
  • Journalist trainee
  • Publicity officer
  • Publishing assistant
  • Marketing and public relations officer

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing should have completed the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies at an interview and/or by presenting a folio of work.  Please discuss with Barbara Vaughan.

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

Pathways to Bachelor degrees

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure


Unit Code   
Unit Name
Write Extended Stories
CUFWRT402A Write Extended Stories
Write Non-Fiction
VU20276 Write Non-Fiction
Freelance Services
CUFIND401A Provide Services on a Freelance Basis
Refine Editing Skills
VU20278 Refine Editing Skills
Refine Writing Skills
VU20277 Work Effectively in the Creative Arts Industry
The Writing Marketplace
BSBPMG510A Manage Projects
CUFIND201A Work Effectively in the Creative Arts Industry
Individual Project A
CUVPRP405A Develop and Discuss Ideas for Own Creative Work
Individual Project B
CUSFIM501A Secure Funding for Projects
Copyright Basics
CUFCMP301A Implement Copyright Arrangements
Corporate Writing
BSBPUB403A Develop Public Relations Documents
Corporate Writing 2A
BSBWRT401A Write Complex Documents
Corporate Writing 2B
BSBWRT501A Write Persuasive Copy
Editing and Production
VU200833 Coordinate Editing and Pre-Production Processes for a Publication
Edit Texts
CUFWRT401A Edit Texts
Literature for Writers
CUVRES401A Research History and Theory to Inform Own Arts Practice
Writing for Children and Young Adults
VU20279 Write for Children and Young Adults