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Proofreading for Business and Government Professionals

1 Day, 9:00-4:00

Course Overview

This instructor‐led course complements Softek’s Effective Writing for Business and Government Professionals course. The ultimate quality of your written document and the intention of your message can be misconstrued or, worse yet, completely misinterpreted if you do not take the time to proofread. An author should not rely upon automated tools such as spelling and grammar check to interpret what they have written. It is critical to proofread the content of your writing for accuracy.

This interactive course will teach you how to recognize and remedy the different types of errors that frequently occur in written documents.

Course Objectives

  • Learn fundamental skills
  • Understand best practices for proofreading
  • Recognize different types of errors
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling usage, capitalization, and numbers
  • Practice proofreading skills with instructor guided labs and exercises

Course Outline

Proofreading For An Error‐Free Copy

  • What is Proofreading?
  • Setting the Stage
  • Getting Started
  • Achieving Error‐free Documents
  • Proofreading Numbers and Names
  • Incorporating Proofreader's Marks
  • How to Give Proofreading Feedback to Others
  • Personal Proofreading Tips
  • Proofreading Strategies
  • Proofreading Laws
  • Proofreading vs. Copyediting
  • Visual & Digital Proofing
  • Recognizing Error Hot Spots


Proofreading For Accuracy

  • Knowing Your Grammar Terms
  • Proofreading for Grammatical Errors
  • Proofreading for Punctuation Errors
  • Proofreading for Spelling Errors
  • Proofreading for Usage Errors
  • Proofreading for Capitalization Errors
  • Proofreading for Number Errors
  • Proofreading for Language Bias
  • Proofreading for Social Media


Cost and Delivery Format Options

We offer the above listed class as a private group class in the following delivery formats:

Private Group Class: Live Virtual
1-6 students $1650
7-12 students $2800
13-18 students $3500
Private Group Class: At Your Location
1-6 students $1900
7-12 students $3050
13-18 students $3750

Private Group Training

Private group classes are cost effective when you have a group of students who need the same course. Volume discounts of 5% to 20% are available when five or more training days are scheduled. For classes conducted at your location, you are responsible for the classroom setup which should include:

  • A computer for each student (with the appropriate software installed), and
  • An instructor workstation connected to a visual display (e.g., projector, smartboard, etc.).


Softek can easily customize a training course that covers the specific topics you require and integrate examples relevant to your work environment. Course customization is billed at $150 per hour and covers time needed to meet, discuss, prepare, and incorporate any specific examples into the training program. Once we have a better idea of what you have in mind, we will be glad to provide a specific price quote for the customization.

Why Choose Softek?

  • Live, virtual or in-person training
  • Instructors with 15+ years of experience
  • Detailed training guide
  • Certificate of completion
  • Money-back guarantee