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Benefits of Certification
Whether you're an editor or someone who hires editors, you can benefit from EAC's landmark certification program.
EAC certification sets objective standards for recognizing high levels of knowledge and skill. It's the gold standard of editing.
If you're an editor, EAC certification:
If you hire in-house or contract editors, EAC certification:
If you supervise in-house editors, EAC certification:
EAC certification identifies editors who are masters of their craft.
It's therefore not surprising that certified editors are finding new opportunities and making more money than ever before. They're able to demonstrate to employers and clients that they provide immense value.
The Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, several national non-governmental organizations and the Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada are just some of the organizations that recognize the value of EAC certification when they hire editors.
EAC certification is for editors of written material who work in English. It's available to both EAC members and non-members.
There are five credentials. To earn an editing credential, you must pass the required test(s), as indicated in the table below.
Because EAC certification tests for excellence (rather than proficiency), we recommend that you have at least five years of full-time experience as a working editor before taking a certification test.
Your credential year is the one after the administration of your successful test. If you successfully write a test in 2013, for example, you will be awarded the credential in 2014.
Test Fees for the 2015 and 2016 tests
Demand and resources permitting, tests are offered each November in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
Two of the certification tests will be offered on Saturday, November 14, 2015:
The other two tests will be offered in November 2016:
The tests are offered every November, in two-year rotations.
Registration for the 2015 Copy Editing and Stylistic Editing tests will open on July 27.
What They're Saying About EAC Certification
"EAC certification has opened many doors for me. Presenting myself as a Certified Professional Editor gives me credibility, confidence and a steady stream of clients."
Anne Louise Mahoney, CPE
"Certification earned me extra points when bidding on a federal government standing offer for English editing services. Believe me, every point counts! I eventually won the standing offer."
"I received a call from a prospective client who chose me from the online directory because I was a certified proofreader. This confirmed for me that certification means something to clients."
"My certification in copy editing gives employers confidence that I can handle a job correctly and with authority. Also, it has earned me respect from my peers."
"My clients are assured that, as a Certified Proofreader, I am recognized by the Editors' Association of Canada for professional excellence in editing accuracy, judgment, skills and experience."
Alan Yoshioka, PhD
"I found it heartening to have my skills validated by an external measure. The process of preparing for certification was also valuable, giving me the occasion, motivation and many of the tools for a productive bout of professional development."
Laura Cappello Bromling
One Person's Experience
"Being certified," Donna Dawson recalls, "would show potential clients—and myself—that I am a good editor."