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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 test(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 test. If you successfully write a test 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|
Professional certification tests are offered each November at official test 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.
Beginning in 2018, Editors Canada is pleased to offer the professional certification exams for candidates in remote locations.
You can apply to write an exam in a remote location if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You live more than 300 kilometres from any of the scheduled exam locations
- Your particular circumstances make travelling to an exam centre a hardship
We also welcome applications from international candidates.
Criteria for Remote Testing
If you wish to write a professional certification exam from a remote location, you must apply in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 14, 2018.
If we approve your application, we’ll ask you to find your own location, computer (see below), and exam invigilator, and send the details to Editors Canada for approval by October 15, 2018.
You are responsible for any costs associated with the invigilation, computer, and location. Invigilators are paid $25 per test. Computer and site fees vary.
The Test Site
The location must be a quiet, public place, such as a meeting room in a library or community centre or a classroom in a college or school. A college computer lab, for example, is ideal.
You may not write a test in a private office or home.
For structural editing, stylistic editing, or copy editing, you’ll need access to a computer with a recent version of Word installed and Internet access disabled. (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 must be someone you don’t know personally.
S/he 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 a bona fide exam invigilation centre
The invigilator is required to sign an arm’s-length declaration and a confidentiality agreement provided by Editors Canada.
Two of the professional certification tests will be offered on Saturday, November 17, 2018:
- Structural editing
The other two tests will be offered in November of 2019:
- Copy editing
- Stylistic editing
The tests are offered every November, in two-year rotations.
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."