Diploma in Technical Editing, QC & Proof Reading

Technical editing involves reviewing text written on a technical topic, identifying usage errors and ensuring adherence to a style guide. Technical editing may include the correction of grammatical mistakes, misspellings, mistyping, incorrect punctuation, inconsistencies in usage, poorly structured sentences, wrong scientific terms, wrong units and dimensions, inconsistency in significant figures, technical ambivalence, technical disambiguation, statements conflicting with general scientific knowledge, correction of synopsis, content, index, headings and subheadings, correcting data and chart presentation in a research paper or report, and correcting errors in citations.

Proofreading is the reading of an electronic copy of a publication to detect and correct production errors of text or art. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.

Before a publication goes to print, the document goes through the standard production quality control (QC) process. A QC specialist examines the pages of the publication to make sure that the correct format and design have been consistently applied, the pagination is correct, the table of contents matches the text and the cross-references are accurate. Once the QC specialist signs off on this review, the designer can then prepare final files for the printer.

Duration:90 hours
Validity:2 months


Role of a Technical Editor

Technical editors are people who edit technical information. Technical editors’ primary job is to ensure documents are suitable for their target audience, thus technical editing is really a quality control job. The four levels of editing for a technical editor:
Comprehensive editing: reviews both content (for completeness, accuracy, and appropriate language) and form (for organization, visual design, and usability).
Proofreading: compares the final version of the document with the marked-up version to make sure that all corrections have been made.
Quality control (QC): To determine whether information is complete, editors should put themselves in the readers’ place and imagine the questions that readers would ask when learning something new.


Course Details

The course begins with overview of the publishing industry, presentation of textual material and graphics on paper called typesetting. Then we move on to the concept of pagination which is the process of putting pages together with type and other graphic elements, we will also learn how to edit illustrations, tables and STM editing. We will also explore the Adobe InCopy which integrates with InDesign to enable workflow editors, writers and designers to work simultaneously in same InDesign document without overwriting each other’s work.

At the End of the course we will learn how to proofread a document and checked for correctness of text and adherence to layout specifications.


Course Overview

Publishing Process
This lesson will give you an introduction to publishing industry of which copy editing is a part, the various processes and workflows in publishing, and some basic publishing terminology.
In this part of the lesson we will look at some of the measurement units and measuring concepts that are to be used while type setting.
Book and Journal Production Process
You will learn about the book and journal production basics, different kinds of publications, front Matter, text or Body, end Matter of a book and journal.
Production Process
This lesson will show you the basic elements of copy editing and introduce you to the various aspects of copy editing.
Typesetting Terminology in Detail
This lesson will teach you typesetting which is the process (or craft) of actually setting the type. In this lesson we will see the various kinds of workflow, what workflows exist and what do they do. Learn about the stages and principles of typesetting.
Proofreading Concepts
This chapter gives you an introduction to proofreading, do’s and don’ts, type of errors in proofreading.
Illustrations & Tables
This lesson covers the various aspects of editing illustrations and tables, you will go through in detail the various parts of an illustration, figure captions, parts of a table, table captions and how to edit tables and illustrations.
Science and Math Editing
All the STM books involve a lot of science and mathematical text. This lesson introduces you to the various ways of editing math and science text.
References and Various Aspects of an Index
In this lesson we will take a look at the references and learn about the various components, styling aspects of an index.
Style Editing
Style editing can change the look and feel of the document. We will be looking at various style editing techniques with a lot of examples and where to use these styles appropriately.
Various Aspects of Pagination
Learn the techniques of Pagination the process of dividing (content) into discrete pages.
Adding Comments to a PDF Document
Learn how to add commenting features to provide feedback to a document’s author and how to write notes for referring while reading a document.
Working with InCopy
Adobe InCopy is a professional word processor made by Adobe Systems which integrates with Adobe InDesign. This enables workflow editors, writers and designers work simultaneously in same InDesign document without overwriting each other’s work. The workflow system allows users to check files out and in thereby preserving file integrity. Watch and Learn!
Understanding Specification
Typesetting specification gives complete description about each and every element in the book or journal in terms of fonts used, point sizes, spacing, margins and all the aspects involved in setting up the page in this part of the lesson we will examine the various portions of different specifications to familiarize you to the terminology used in the specification.

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90 hours


2 months



This course is interactive and not taught in real-time. So you can login at your convenience and do your classes and exercises. Our interactive interface offers useful features such as fast forward, rewind, pause and you can even redo a lesson before moving ahead. These features help you track your progress and learn just what you want. Included are project files to allow you to learn right along with the instructor using the exact same files that they use. Each individual lesson has been provided with an eBook and a quiz to test your knowledge of each lesson before you take your final test. In addition to this hands-on learning experience, our trainers will evaluate your course work, clarify questions and give relevant feedback to help you grow