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Register now for Editors Canada's 2020 stylistic editing professional certification exam

Published on: August 16, 2020

Editors Canada professional certification

Do you have several years of full-time experience as an editor?

Have you already achieved a high level of expertise?

Get the recognition you deserve. Register now for Editors Canada's 2020 professional certification exam in stylistic editing.

Exam date: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., local time

Registration deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020

Exam offered: Stylistic editing

NEW: 2020 exam offered by remote testing only

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 professional certification exam in stylistic editing will be offered by remote testing only.

All candidates will be required to arrange for their own external exam site [such as a meeting room or classroom in a library, community centre, college or school, with an available computer (PC or Mac) that has a recent version of MS Word] and invigilator, and send the details to for approval by Friday, October 2. Full details on this process are available in the Remote Locations section of our web page. Candidates must follow all applicable local rules and laws for physical distancing, masking, and other safety measures while in their arranged space.

We recognize that many such spaces have limited access at this time, and that some people can't or aren't ready to return to public spaces for a variety of reasons. We know that this will likely limit the number of candidates for whom this option is viable.

We have spent the last several months exploring technology options for remote proctoring, which would have allowed candidates to write the exam from their own homes (using a combination of web cams and screen monitoring). Unfortunately, at least at present, none of the providers we met with are able to accommodate the complexity of our exam format.

So, despite our sincere efforts, and given the current circumstances and exam structure, we aren't able to offer other options at this time. We are hopeful that our exam cycle can return to normal next year and/or we can find a suitable remote proctoring provider, giving more candidates access.

Please note: If registration numbers are low, we'll consider cancelling the exam this year. If that's the case, we'll offer the stylistic editing exam in 2021, alongside a second exam. We are closing registration a little early this year (on Friday, October 2) to allow us to announce any cancellation in good time. (But we really hope the exam goes ahead this year!)

Registration: Register online now.

Professional recognition

By passing the 2020 professional certification exam, you will be recognized as a Certified Stylistic Editor.

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

Four reasons to register today

  • Professional certification credentials are recognized indicators of quality. The exam requires experience and expertise, and can challenge even the most seasoned editors. Earning this credential proves that you know your stuff.
  • As the professional certification program gains recognition, 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.
  • Professional certification is a requirement for some jobs. Examples of employers that ask for our certification program credentials include the governments of Nova Scotia and Ontario.
  • The challenge of studying for the exam can be rewarding. Join a study group, review everything you know (or think you know), quiz yourself—and learn from your mistakes. Determine areas for improvement, and gain confidence in your skills.

On your marks, get set, register!

If you're certification-ready, today is the day to take the first step toward the recognition you deserve. Get the gold standard of editing. Register for Editors Canada professional certification today.

More information

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