Unlock your potential as a writer with a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing at Victoria University Polytechnic.
This course will provide you with theoretical and practical skills in a range of writing, editing and content production tasks. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in literary events and in writing for a range of publications.
You’ll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to succeed in the writing, editing and publishing industries. Writing skills are also highly valued in almost all industries.
You will gain experience and understanding to work effectively in the creative arts industry, including:
- writing and editing skills for fiction and non-fiction across a range of genres and forms
- industry knowledge, laws and regulations
- copyright requirements
- technological skills & use of the internet
- concept development
- history and theory of writing and literature.
Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn through practical writing tasks and you can benefit from our strong industry partnerships (e.g. with the Williamstown Literary Festival).
You’ll also gain valuable insights into the industry through guest lectures and workshops with experienced writing and editing practitioners.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in writing
Writing skills are highly sought after in almost every industry. Employment opportunities for trained professional writers and editors are strong, particularly in the growing field of social media marketing.
Your skills will allow you to pursue a variety of career options in government, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. This course will prepare you to work across communications, editing, publications and media, on a full time, part time, contract or freelance basis.
Your career path could include roles such as:
- creative writer
- professional writer
- content writer/developer
- public relations officer
- freelance writer
- media officer
- digital publisher
- multimedia communications officer.
To be awarded the 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, consisting of:
- six (6) core units, and;
- six (6) elective units.
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the training package and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
The course outcomes are consistent with a Certificate IV in the Australian Qualifications Framework, in that they enable the graduate to have broad factual, technical and theoretical knowledge in a specialised field of work and learning.
Graduates of the 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing will have:
• cognitive skills to identify, analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources, for example, gathering the items of information required to develop a concept for creative writing;
• cognitive, technical and communication skills to apply and communicate technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems, for example, adapting writing style and content to meet the needs of different audiences;
• specialist technical skills to complete routine and non-routine tasks and functions, for example, utilising modern technology to develop a range of writing products, and;
• communication skills to guide activities and provide technical advice in the area of work and learning, for example, developing and discussing ideas for their creative works with others.
Graduates of the 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
• to specialised tasks or functions in known or changing contexts, for example, producing writing products for a variety of contexts;
• with responsibility for own functions and outputs, and may have limited responsibility for organisation of others, for example, producing draft written works and final products within agreed timelines, and;
• with limited responsibility for the quantity and quality of output of others in a team within limited parameters, for example, proofreading and editing of the works of others.
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Fees & scholarships
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Applicants must have reading, writing and numeracy skills that align to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs. This assessment will occur onsite.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.