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How to tell if you're ready for certification

Editors from across Canada are signing up to take the Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada) certification exams this fall. Registration is open until October 23.

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.

Are you interested in certification but not sure whether you're experienced enough to pass? Editors Canada recommends that candidates have five solid years of experience before taking the test—but this is a recommendation, not a requirement. Some people pass with less experience, and some need more.

Tips for gauging your readiness

  • Use Professional Editorial Standards and the study guide to review the standards that will be tested and assess your ability to apply them.
  • Take the practice test in the study guide, and time yourself to measure your speed.
  • Be sure your background includes more than one medium; experience in just one may leave you at a disadvantage.
  • Consult the .

Most successful candidates report that they studied and practised intensively in the months leading up to the tests. Visit the Editors Canada website for more information on preparing for certification.

Are you ready?

Try a sample stylistic editing question:

Answer the following questions either True or False.

a) CP style is widely used in book publishing.
b) Sentence structure is not the concern of a proofreader.
c) Variety of expression, rather than consistency in punctuation, is one of the stylistic editor's primary tasks.




a) False
b) True
c) True