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Registration for the copy editing and stylistic editing certification exams is now open. The tests will be written on Saturday, November 14, in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. The proofreading and structural editing exams will be offered again in 2016.

What can certification do for you?

Becoming a certified editor lets you stand out from the crowd, and preparing for the exams is excellent professional development. Certification demonstrates the highest level of editing expertise, and it’s a powerful marketing tool for professional editors, whether you work in house or freelance.

“Certification has secured me a number of lucrative contracts I might not have otherwise landed,” says Anne Brennan, CPE. “Many organizations are now looking for certification, and others are accepting it in lieu of portfolios and in-house editing tests.” Perhaps the greatest benefit she can attest to: “I’ve doubled my rates since completing my CPE, and people seem willing to pay what I ask for.”

Are you ready? Try a sample copy editing question:

If you were asked to use British spelling in a document, which of the following would you choose?

a) labour, favourite, neighbour
b) traveling, counseling, marveling
c) center, fiber, theater
d) all of the above


The key to success: study regularly, and practise, practise, practise!

Use the Certification Study Guides to hone your test-taking skills and monitor your progress, and work through Meeting Professional Editorial Standards for extra practice.

Looking for more tips? See Preparing for Certification.

Make this the year you join the growing roster of certified editors. Register today.



a) labour, favourite, neighbour