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Four reasons to become a certified editor

Registration for the 2015 Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) certification exams is now open.

Exam date: Saturday, November 14
Exams offered: Copy editing and stylistic editing
Locations: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax

The proofreading and structural editing exams will be offered again in 2016.

Curious about how Editors Canada certification can enhance your job prospects? Here are four reasons to become a certified editor:

1. Demonstrate excellence

Certification credentials are recognized symbols of quality. The tests require experience and expertise, and they can challenge even the most seasoned editors. Earning these credentials proves that you know your stuff.

2. Market your credentials

As the certification program gains recognition, promoting yourself as a certified editor tells prospective clients that you are the best of the best. It can also enable you to raise your fees.

3. Stay ahead of the competition

Did you know Editors Canada certification is a requirement for some jobs? Some employers and clients specifically seek out certified editors. Examples of employers who ask for our certification program credentials include the Government of Nova Scotia and the Government of Ontario.

"I landed two new clients last year who consulted the Online Directory of Editors specifically looking for a certified editor with expertise in my particular field," says Wendy Carroll.

4. Determine—and improve—your weaknesses

The challenge of studying for the tests can be rewarding. Join a study group, review everything you know (or think you know), quiz yourself—and learn from your mistakes. Identify areas for improvement and gain total confidence in your skills.

Are you ready?

Answer this sample copy editing question:

Choose the statement that correctly identifies the chief problem in the following sentence:

Meanwhile, beat butter, 3 tbsp (30 mL) sugar and salt on low speed until combined. Add yolk; beat until smooth.

a) The correct abbreviation for "millilitres" is "ml."
b) The semi-colon after "yolk" is wrong and should be removed.
c) The numbers 3 and 30 must be in words, not numerals.
d) The measurement 30 mL does not equal 3 tbsp.


Make this the year you add your name to the growing roster of certified editors.



d) The measurement 30 mL does not equal 3 tbsp.