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Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran

Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Pick up your pen or laptop – write your future career. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing prepares you for a career in the publishing industries. Work hard to develop your writing, voice, tone, editing and print production skills. Get your work published and immerse yourself within the literary world.

Your pathway to success as a writer

Enrolling in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing prepares you to work in professional writing, editing, design and other print or web-based publishing positions. Topics include nonfiction, editing and proofreading, popular and literary fiction, poetry and writing for children. You could gain employment as an editor, content writer, copywriter, language tutor or a related publishing role.

Industry connections and resources

We have fantastic teachers who are authors in their own right.

Edwina Preston whose first novel The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer had rave reviews. She also wrote a biography of Howard Arkley, Not Just a Suburban Boy.

Tim Hilton is a writer, academic and teacher, with a life-long love of Asian languages and anthropology.

Alex Senior is completing a creative writing PhD at the University of Melbourne. He teaches Desktop design in this course.

Carole Littler is a long-time teacher of writing and lover of books, with a special interest in Myths and Symbolism, Popular Genre Fiction and Writing for Children. She has nurtured the Professional Writing and Editing programme at Melbourne Polytechnic for the last 8 years and was a founding teacher in the course when it commenced in Greensborough in 2001.

You will have the opportunity to edit, design and lay out the twice-yearly course publication, Infusion. Another opportunity is to read your writings at one of our four student readings. We also encourage you to submit your work for publication to literary journals and get published in other ways such as on blogs or in magazines – an excellent way to build up your writing portfolio.

Course outcomes

You’ll sharpen your writing ability and knowledge of the production process. You can start your career as a writer, or go on to our Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing you could even continue on with credits to a bachelor degree – talk to us about this.


You will be assessed through written exercises, research reports, tests, oral presentations, projects, articles, stories, novel, role plays, interviews, field visits, contribution to classroom discussion, demonstrations and collections of information.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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First Instalment AUD3,425.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)

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First Instalment AUD3,425.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)
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Total number of students: 2190

Number of students - College: 5 - 25

Melbourne Polytechnic boasts some of the best training facilities in Australia. Many are designed to simulate real workplaces and provide services direct to the public or industry, from all of our campuses and training centres in Melbourne.

Formerly known as Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) we have a proud history that spans over 100 years delivering professional education programs in Melbourne, making us one of the most experienced providers of vocationally-oriented education courses in Australia. 

In 2014, we changed our name to Melbourne Polytechnic to encompass our two strengths in the educational sector:

  • providing higher education and vocational education, and
  • training to industry-focused students and professionals in Australia and from around the world.


  • Our international students come from over 70 different countries and study across six campuses and almost eighty courses.
  • We offer practical industry relevant training designed in consultation with leading practitioners.
  • We have outstanding student support, with free academic, financial, career and personal counselling, and free airport pick up.
  • Our onsite facilities offer leading edge technology and real life working conditions, like restaurants, salons and recording studios.
  • Every one of our qualifications is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
  • We are goverment funded and owned.
  • Winner of the Australian Governments Premiers Award for Excellence in International Education (in 2014, runner up in 2015).
  • We employ motivated, passionate teachers who have extensive experience in their field and links to industry.
  • To study in Melbourne, the worlds most liveable city.


  • David Williamson Theatre
  • Creative Spaces
  • The Apprentice Restaurant
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Free wifi

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Melbourne, High Street 144
Prahran VIC 3181

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