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Meet a Certified Professional Editor: Wendy Carroll

Wendy Carroll, an EAC member from the NCR branch, became a Certified Professional Editor in 2010, having passed the Structural and Stylistic test in 2009 and the Proofreading and Copy Editing tests in 2010.

An in-house editor with the Canadian Medical Association, Wendy is managing editor of two specialty journals: the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the Canadian Journal of Surgery. She has been editing for 10 years, with the last four years focused on editing scholarly medical journals.

Since Wendy works in-house, she says she didn't need to become a certified editor for marketing or business purposes—although her colleagues did celebrate her success with a congratulatory cake. Rather, she took the tests because she feels certification demonstrates the commitment, talent and know-how needed to be a strong editor.

"I'm tired of writing and editing being viewed as a 'soft skill,'" she says. "I'm thrilled the association has undertaken the certification initiative because it builds on the credibility of editing as a profession. I think the best way to ensure that the CPE designation is recognized as a testament to an editor's skill and professionalism is for as many experienced editors as possible to go through the process. The more of us who have the designation, the more credible the profession."

For Wendy, the most rewarding part of becoming a certified editor is the sense of personal validation that comes with the designation.

"I've always had good performance appraisals, but going through this process made me feel really confident that I'm good at my job," she says.

Registration is now open for the 2011 certification tests. Interested candidates may register to write the Copy Editing and Stylistic Editing tests on Saturday, November 19. Proofreading and Structural Editing tests will be offered in 2012.

For more information on certification or to register, visit