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Registration is now open for Editors Canada's 2018 professional certification exams

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 2018 professional certification exams.

Exam date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Exams offered: Proofreading and structural editing (copy editing and stylistic editing will be offered again in 2019)

Locations: The following exam locations are currently planned: Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Additional exam sites may be added depending on demand.

Writing the exams remotely: If you live more than 300 km away from one of the testing centres (international candidates, this includes you!) or face circumstances that make it a hardship for you to travel to an exam centre, you can take advantage of our remote testing policy, whereby you would arrange to write the exam at a test location that's convenient for you, providing it meets certain criteria and you can arrange for a suitable invigilator. Email us for details.

Registration: Register online now.

By passing one of the 2018 certification exams, you will be recognized as a Certified Structural Editor or a Certified Proofreader.

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

Exams that reflect real-world editing

Certification computer testing

Thanks to our new onscreen testing platform, the structural editing exam is more like the "real-world" editing experience you're familiar with. The exam will be administered in computer labs, which will provide test security and reasonably similar testing conditions for all candidates.

Candidates for this exam will edit in Word for PC. We regret that we are unable to offer the exam on Macs at this time because that would drive up the exam fees substantially; however, if there is sufficient demand for testing on Macs we will look into that as an option in the future.

The proofreading exam will be written on paper.

Four reasons to register today

  • Professional certification credentials are recognized indicators of quality. The exams require experience and expertise, and they can challenge even the most seasoned editors. Earning these credentials 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 exams 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.

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