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Benefits of Certification

Whether you're an editor or someone who hires editors, you can benefit from the landmark certification program offered by the Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada).

Editors Canada certification sets objective standards for recognizing high levels of knowledge and skill. It's the gold standard of editing.

If you're an editor, Editors Canada 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, Editors Canada 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 Editors Canada-certified editors, who are masters of their craft")

If you supervise in-house editors, Editors Canada certification:

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

Recognizing Excellence

Editors Canada 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 Editors Canada certification when they hire editors.

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



Editors Canada certification is for editors of written material who work in English. It's available to both Editors Canada 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 Editors Canada 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.

Credential 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 2016 and 2017 tests

  Editors Canada members Non-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 in November 2017:

  • Copy editing
  • Stylistic editing

The other two tests will be offered in November 2018:

  • Proofreading
  • Structural editing

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


Register soon

Registration for the 2017 copy editing and stylistic editing tests will open in July 2017.


What They're Saying About Editors Canada 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."