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EAC Certification is recognition of an editor's high level of professional knowledge and skill. In today's competitive job market, EAC Certification demonstrates your expertise—and gives you a marketing advantage.

The Gold Standard of Editing

Registration is now open for the 2012 EAC Certification tests in Proofreading and Structural Editing.

By passing the 2012 certification tests, you will be recognized as a Certified Proofreader or Certified Structural Editor.

If you're pursuing EAC's full certification of Certified Professional Editor, this may be the year to complete your CPE designation.

Visit EAC's certification website for more information and to register online. As an EAC member, you benefit from discounted test fees—with extra savings if you register for both tests.

Registration closes on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Test Date

Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Proofreading (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Structural Editing (2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

The Copy Editing test and the Stylistic Editing test will be offered again in 2013.

Test Locations

The following test locations are planned, based on demand: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Benefits of EAC Certification

If you're an editor, certification

  • provides official recognition of your high level of knowledge and skill
  • is a powerful marketing tool; certified editors are often able to command higher fees or salaries
  • earns you the respect of your peers
  • supports professional development activities that ensure your continued excellent work

If you hire editors, certification

  • ensures your staff or freelancers meet EAC's standards for quality of work
  • allows you to confidently hire employees and freelancers with the high level of professional skills and knowledge you need
  • provides meaningful professional development opportunities for your employees—before and after they are certified 

Visit EAC's certification website for more information and to register online today.

Get the Edge on Certification with EAC Publications

EAC is pleased to offer publications designed to help you prepare for certification.

Certification Study Guides

EAC's study guides are essential for anyone who wants to become a certified editor. The study guides include a practice test with content, format and length similar to the real test, self-marking materials to evaluate your results, and examples of passing and failing tests. Many editors use the study guides to assess their readiness to write the certification tests. Study guides for Proofreading, Copy Editing, Stylistic Editing and the recently released Structural Editing are available now

Meeting Professional Editorial Standards

Whether you're preparing for certification tests, learning the craft of editing, or an established professional broadening your knowledge, the second edition, four-volume Meeting Professional Editorial Standards is a must-have for every editor's bookshelf. With modules on Proofreading, Copy Editing, Stylistic Editing and Structural Editing, MPES is a self-teaching and self-testing package that offers a wide range of editing exercises that allow you to practice your skills on a variety of documents and formats. Each editing exercise includes solutions, markup and discussion points that clearly demonstrate EAC standards. Many certified editors consider MPES a vital test preparation resource.

BONUS! Order all four volumes of MPES and you'll be eligible for a 20% discount on its predecessor publication, Meeting Editorial Standards. This previous edition contains valuable study materials on proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing and structural editing.

Get on the path to excellence today! Visit EAC's website to find out how to order EAC publications.

EAC Certification Credential Maintenance

Editors who pass the November 2012 tests will be required to maintain their credentials. Credential maintenance involves earning professional development points and paying a small annual administration fee. Credential maintenance adds value to your credentials and to the EAC certification program by 

  • assuring employers and clients that EAC-certified editors are keeping up-to-date editing skills and knowledge
  • giving you an easy way to track and support your skills and knowledge through your professional development
  • encouraging certified editors to contribute to the editing community by sharing knowledge and skills

For more information on credential maintenance, go to


Issued on behalf of the EAC Certification Steering Committee and the EAC Publications Committee by the national office.