The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) is a UK-based resource centre and training provider for anyone involved in the publishing industry, including copyeditors and proofreaders. It offers industry-recognized training courses (short and distance learning), useful articles, news, career guidance, the Freelance Finder directory, and a new discussion forum.
See my article Does Training Matter? What Publishers Say about Proofreading & Editing Courses to see what publishing houses think about the PTC.
I have undertaken a number of their courses over the years. Of particular note for aspiring proofreaders is the Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning course, which I took back in 2005 and highly recommend.
The course comprises a number of assignments that are assessed by a personal tutor. At the end of the training you will be awarded a certificate indicating the grade you have achieved (pass, merit or distinction).
This counts towards membership application for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and also entitles you to inclusion in the PTC's Freelance Finder directory.
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copyeditor. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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