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Register online now. The copy editing and stylistic editing  tests will be written on Saturday, November 14, 2015, in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

Download a printable registration form (PDF, 180 KB) to submit your registration by mail or fax.

Registration closes Friday, October 23, 2015.


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:

  • Helps you identify strengths and fill in gaps in your knowledge and skill sets
  • Provides professional recognition of your high level of knowledge and skill
  • Provides a powerful marketing advantage
  • Allows you to command a higher salary or charge higher fees
  • In some cases, allows you to skip time-consuming steps in the process of bidding for contracts
  • Earns the respect of your peers
  • Helps raise the profile of editing as a highly skilled profession

If you hire in-house or contract editors, EAC certification:

  • Allows you to identify potential employees and/or contractors who meet industry standards for high quality of work
  • Eliminates the need to test prospective employees or contractors
  • Offers a marketing advantage ("We use EAC-certified editors, who are masters of their craft")

If you supervise in-house editors, EAC certification:

  • Ensures that your employees meet industry standards for high quality of work
  • Provides meaningful professional development opportunities

Recognizing Excellence

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.

Read what certified editors are saying about the benefits of certification.



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.

Required Test(s)
Certified Proofreader Proofreading
Certified Copy Editor Copy Editing
Certified Stylistic Editor
Stylistic Editing
Certified Structural Editor
Structural Editing
Certified Professional Editor (CPE) Proofreading
Copy Editing
Stylistic Editing
Structural Editing

Test Fees for the 2015 and 2016 tests

 EAC membersNon-members
One test
$450 $550
Two tests $850 $1,050

Test Locations

Demand and resources permitting, tests are offered each November in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.


Upcoming Tests

Two of the certification tests will be offered on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

  • Copy editing
  • Stylistic editing

The other two tests will be offered in November 2016:

  • Proofreading
  • Structural editing

The tests are offered every November, in two-year rotations.


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
Certified Professional Editor
Freelance Editor

"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."

Marion Soublière
Certified Copy Editor and Certified Proofreader
President, M.E.S. Editing and Writing Services

"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."

Donna Dawson
Certified Copy Editor and Certified Proofreader
Freelance Editor

"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."

Beverly Ensom
Certified Copy Editor
English editor, House of Commons
Contract editor, The Conference Board of Canada

"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
Certified Proofreader
Founder, AY's Edit

"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
Certified Copy Editor
Freelance Editor


One Person's Experience

"Being certified," Donna Dawson recalls, "would show potential clients—and myself—that I am a good editor."
Read her story in "Are You Certifiable?" (PDF, 32 KB), published in the Winter 2008 edition of Active Voice.