1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Online
Start date:
12 July 2021
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


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
  • understanding and implementing copyright requirements
  • copyright requirements
  • technological skills and 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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in writing and editing

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
  • editor
  • freelance writer
  • media officer
  • digital publisher
  • multimedia communications officer.

Course structure

To be awarded the CUA40118 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, of which:
  • four (4) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CUA40118 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing qualification, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



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 qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who undertake a range of writing and editing tasks required across a range of industries. Individuals will be required to write in a range of contexts and text types. They will also be required to edit and proofread their own written works preparing them for roles across a range of industries, including the writing or editing industries. They may provide guidance to others but have limited responsibility for the output of others.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

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.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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