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Top Five Reasons to Become a Certified Editor

Registration for the Editors' Association of Canada's landmark certification program is open.

Are you seeking a career boost? Curious about how certification can enhance your job prospects? Read on for the top five benefits of becoming a certified editor.

1. Certification demonstrates excellence

The tests are tough—no question. They require experience and expertise, and they can challenge even the most seasoned editors. Earning one or more certification credentials shows clients, colleagues, and you that you know your stuff.

2. Certification helps to determine your strengths—and weaknesses

Studying and preparing for certification is a challenging process, but the challenge can be its own reward. Join a study group, practise, quiz yourself, study and review everything you ever knew about editing—or thought you knew. When you complete a credential, you can have total confidence in your skills.

3. Certification gives you a powerful marketing tool

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.

4. Certification is a requirement for some jobs

As recognition of the program grows, more employers and clients specifically seek out certified editors. This means certification just might give you an edge.

Organizations that have started to request Editors' Association of Canada certification credentials include the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, and the Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada.

5. Certification is a rare achievement

The Editors' Association of Canada certification program is the first of its kind in the world, administered by an organization uniquely qualified to assess editing excellence. When you attain certification, you join a trail-blazing line of committed, talented professionals.

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

Are you ready? Try this sample proofreading question

While editing and proofing a catalogue, you've been given access to a product database for reference. Images have been switched often during production. At which stage would you check the prices provided for all of the items?

a) first round of stylistic editing
b) last round of proofreading
c) first round of structural editing
d) last round of copy editing


Register now

The proofreading and structural editing tests will be written on Saturday, November 15, 2014, in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

The copy editing and stylistic editing tests will be offered again in 2015.

Discover how certification can enhance your career prospects. Register today.



d) last round of copy editing