Becoming an editor

Would you like to be a proofreader or an editor?

On this page you will find all the information you need to know to train to become a proofreader or an editor. 

Proofreader training

If you would like to become a proofreader, one of the options is to take the Federal Diploma (EFA) in Proofreading.


Proofreader training: The Swiss Association for Visual Communication Viscom


Upon completing this training you will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to independently take on, supervise and check proofreading and revisions. You will have a high level of language and technical ability.

You will understand the techniques and processes of pre-media, printing and finishing and be able to justify the implemented corrections both verbally and in writing.

The training leads to the following essential professional competencies: the proofreader (EFA)

  • will be able to confidently apply the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar;

  • correctly and purposefully carry out all tasks from correcting the manuscript to machine revision;
  • correct and revise commercial texts, newspaper pages, journals or magazines and websites;
  • incorporate technical and typographical preferences.

The proofreader EFA will be able to concentrate for extended periods of time. When a corrected proof is released, the proofreader takes responsibility for the linguistic and typographical accuracy of the text. The proofreader will possess extensive general knowledge to be able to recognise and correct false statements or facts. 

Editor training

Editor training: School of Applied Linguistics (SAL)


Those working as editors are often typically confronted with a wide variety of tasks and demands. It is imperative that an editor is versatile. In consideration of this need for versatility, training at the SAL is distinctly generalised.


Editor training: The School of Media Science in Northwest Switzerland


Work on book projects in publishing houses and organisations requires not only an organised, strategic and business-minded approach, but also high levels of competence in dealing with texts and information. Both of these aspects are brought together in the practical side of the course to become a qualified editor at MNS. As well as this, there is also a substantial module focusing on new media.