Editors' Association of Canada

Certification Study Guides

The Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada) Certification recognizes editors who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge and skill in their profession. The program consists of four tests: Structural Editing, Stylistic Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading. (From 2006 to 2009, a different testing framework was used and the four tests offered were elementary knowledge of the publishing process, proofreading, copy editing, and structural and stylistic editing.)

With the release of the Structural Editing Study Guide in June 2012, Editors Canada has now converted the entire certification program to follow the revised Professional Editorial Standards (PES-2009) that came into effect on January 1, 2010. The four study guides are

  • Proofreading Study Guide
  • Copy Editing Study Guide
  • Stylistic Editing Study Guide
  • Structural Editing Study Guide

Proofreading Study Guide: Editors' Association of Canada Certification

Peek inside the Proofreading Study Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB)
pdf file, $55
loose-leaf printout, $75

 Editors' Association of Canada Certification

The Proofreading Study Guide is the primary resource for anyone who wants to become a Certified Proofreader. Whether you use this guide for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills, and judgment required to earn your Certified Proofreader credential. The guide includes the following valuable content:

  • Overview of Editors Canada Certification
  • Advice on how to prepare for the test
  • Introduction to the Proofreading test and advice on how to use the study guide
  • A Proofreading Practice Test for you to try
  • An answer key and blank marking sheet, so you can review and assess your performance
  • Two completed practice tests and corresponding marking sheets—one test showing the work of a successful candidate and the other test showing the work of an unsuccessful candidate
  • Editors Canada's 2009 edition of Professional Editorial Standards, the statement of editorial competencies used to develop the tests
  • Editors Canada's Operational Policy 7, the document governing test development and administration

Copy Editing Study Guide: Editors' Association of Canada Certification

Peek inside the Copy Editing Study Guide (PDF, 1.6 MB)
pdf file, $55
loose-leaf printout, $75

 Editors' Association of Canada Certification

The Copy Editing Study Guide is the primary resource for anyone who wants to become a Certified Copy Editor. Whether you use this guide for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills, and judgment required to earn your certified Copy Editor Credential. The guide includes the following valuable content:

  • Overview of Editors Canada Certification
  • Advice on how to prepare for the test
  • Introduction to the Copy Editing test and advice on how to use the study guide
  • A Copy Editing Practice Test for you to try
  • An answer key and blank marking sheet, so you can review and assess your performance
  • Two completed practice tests and corresponding marking sheets—one test showing the work of a successful candidate and the other test showing the work of an unsuccessful candidate
  • Editors Canada's 2009 edition of Professional Editorial Standards, the statement of editorial competencies used to develop the tests
  • Editors Canada's Operational Policy 7, the document governing test development and administration

Stylistic Editing Study Guide: Editors' Association of Canada Certification

Peek inside the Stylistic Editing Study Guide (PDF, 917 KB)
pdf file, $55
loose-leaf printout, $75

 Editors' Association of Canada Certification

The Stylistic Editing Study Guide is the primary resource for anyone who wants to become a Certified Stylistic Editor. Whether you use this guide for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills, and judgment required to earn your Certified Stylistic Editor credential. The guide includes the following valuable content:

  • Overview of Editors Canada Certification
  • Advice on how to prepare for the test
  • Introduction to the Stylistic Editing test and advice on how to use the study guide
  • A Stylistic Editing Practice Test for you to try
  • An answer key and blank marking sheet, so you can review and assess your performance
  • Two completed practice tests and corresponding marking sheets—one test showing the work of a successful candidate and the other test showing the work of an unsuccessful candidate
  • Editors Canada's 2009 edition of Professional Editorial Standards, the statement of editorial competencies used to develop the tests
  • Editors Canada's Operational Policy 7, the document governing test development and administration

Structural Editing Study Guide: Editors' Association of Canada Certification

Peek inside the Structural Editing Study Guide (PDF, 960 KB)
pdf file, $55
loose-leaf printout, $75

 Editors' Association of Canada Certification

The Structural Editing Study Guide is the primary resource for anyone who wants to become a Certified Structural Editor. Whether you use this guide for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills, and judgment required to earn your Certified Structural Editor credential. The guide includes the following valuable content:

  • Overview of Editors Canada Certification
  • Advice on how to prepare for the test
  • Introduction to the Structural Editing test and advice on how to use the study guide
  • A Structural Editing Practice Test for you to try
  • An answer key and blank marking sheet, so you can review and assess your performance
  • Two completed practice tests and corresponding marking sheets—one test showing the work of a successful candidate and the other test showing the work of an unsuccessful candidate
  • Editors Canada's 2009 edition of Professional Editorial Standards, the statement of editorial competencies used to develop the tests
  • Editors Canada's Operational Policy 7, the document governing test development and administration

Special Offer

Order all four study guide volumes, and you'll get a 20% discount on Meeting Editorial Standards. This predecessor to Meeting Professional Editorial Standards contains valuable study materials on knowledge of the publishing process, proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing, and structural editing.

Catalogue description of Meeting Professional Editorial Standards (new)

Catalogue description of Meeting Editorial Standards (previous edition)

Study Guide Based on PES-1999

Volume 1 of the original PES-1999 study guide series may be purchased by those who wish to improve their knowledge of the publishing process.

Please note that although this volume from the PES-1999 study guide series will allow you to do advance preparation for Editors Canada certification tests and will help you improve your editing skills and knowledge, it is based on an edition of Professional Editorial Standards that is no longer in effect. (See "Does it matter whether I prepare using the original four-volume PES-1999 study guide or the new PES-2009 study guides?".)

 Introduction and Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process

Volume 1: Introduction and Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process
687 KB pdf file, $25
loose-leaf printout, $45

(Note: Anyone using Volume 1 to prepare for the Editors Canada certification tests must also consult the 2009 Professional Editorial Standards and the current policy document, which is available as a free download at www.editors.ca/certification.)

  • Overview of the four certification tests offered from 2006 to 2009
  • Complete text of Editors Canada's 1999 edition of Professional Editorial Standards, the statement of editorial competencies on which the tests administered from 2006 to 2009 were based
  • Advice on how to prepare for the tests
  • A complete blank test on elementary knowledge of the publishing process for you to try
  • A detailed answer key, with markers' comments, so you can assess your performance

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Order the Proofreading, Copy Editing, Stylistic Editing, and Structural Editing study guides and the Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process study guide based on PES-1999 directly from Captus Press. 

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