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Benefits of Professional Certification
Whether you're an editor or someone who hires editors, you can benefit from the landmark professional certification program offered by the Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada).
Editors Canada's professional certification sets objective standards for recognizing high levels of knowledge and skill. It's the gold standard of editing.
If you're an editor, Editors Canada's professional certification:
- Helps you identify strengths and fill in gaps in your knowledge and skill sets
- Provides professional recognition of your high level of knowledge and skill
- Provides a powerful marketing advantage
- Allows you to command a higher salary or charge higher fees
- In some cases, allows you to skip time-consuming steps in the process of bidding for contracts
- Earns the respect of your peers
- Helps raise the profile of editing as a highly skilled profession
If you hire in-house or contract editors, Editors Canada's professional certification:
- Allows you to identify potential employees and/or contractors who meet industry standards for high quality of work
- Eliminates the need to test prospective employees or contractors
- Offers a marketing advantage ("We use Editors Canada-certified editors, who are masters of their craft")
If you supervise in-house editors, Editors Canada's professional certification:
- Ensures that your employees meet industry standards for high quality of work
- Provides meaningful professional development opportunities
Editors Canada's professional certification identifies editors who are masters of their craft.
It's therefore not surprising that certified editors are finding new opportunities and making more money than ever before. They're able to demonstrate to employers and clients that they provide immense value.
The Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, several national non-governmental organizations and the Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada are just some of the organizations that recognize the value of Editors Canada's professional certification when they hire editors.
Editors Canada's professional certification is for editors of written material who work in English. It's available to both Editors Canada members and non-members.
There are five credentials. To earn an editing credential, you must pass the required exam(s), as indicated in the table below.
Because Editors Canada's professional certification tests for excellence (rather than proficiency), we recommend that you have at least five years of full-time experience as a working editor before taking one of the exams.
Your credential year is the one after the administration of your successful exam. If you successfully write an exam in 2018, for example, you will be awarded the credential in 2019.
|Certified Copy Editor||Copy Editing|
|Certified Stylistic Editor||Stylistic Editing|
|Certified Structural Editor||Structural Editing|
|Certified Professional Editor (CPE)||Proofreading
|Editors Canada members||Non-members|
|Two exams in the same year||$850||$1,050|
Exam Locations: NEW in 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering in-person exam locations in 2020.
(Professional certification exams are typically offered at official exam sites in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa. We also offer them from time to time in other locations within Canada if we receive enough applications from candidates there.)
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 are required to arrange for their own external exam site and invigilator, and submit the details for approval along with their registration by October 2. 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. If registration numbers are low, we’ll consider cancelling the exam in 2020. If that’s the case, we’ll offer the stylistic editing exam in 2021, alongside a second exam.
Criteria for Remote Testing
We will ask you to find your own location, computer, and exam invigilator, and send the details to Editors Canada along with your registration.
You are responsible for any costs associated with the invigilation, computer, and location.
The Exam Site
The location must be a quiet, public place, such as a meeting room or classroom in a library, community centre, college or school. For example, a computer lab is ideal.
You may not write an exam in a private office or at home.
For structural editing, stylistic editing, or copy editing, you will need access to a computer with a recent version of Word installed and the ability to disable the Internet access. The proofreading exam is not offered electronically.
Although logistics require that we use only PCs at the official test sites, you may use a Mac in a remote site.
For security reasons, you are not permitted to use your own computer.
Your invigilator may be any of the following:
- A member of Editors Canada
- A member of an accredited profession
- A professional with a local educational institution or public library
- A professional with an exam invigilation centre
The invigilator is required to sign a declaration and a confidentiality agreement provided by Editors Canada.
One professional certification exam will be offered on Saturday, November 21, 2020:
- Stylistic editing
The other exams will be offered in the coming years; stay tuned for details:
- Copy editing
- Structural editing
Traditionally, the exams have been offered every November, in two-year rotations. However, in 2020 (as in 2019), we will be offering one professional certification exam (Stylistic editing) instead of the usual two, to give us time and space for our continued rethink of the program and make it even better. Learn more in our recent announcement.
Registration for the 2020 Stylistic Editing Exam is now open, and will close on October 2, 2020. Please visit our registration page.
The buzz about certification
One Person's Experience
"Being certified," Donna Dawson recalls, "would show potential clients—and myself—that I am a good editor."