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Register for the Professional Certification Exams


The Gold Standard of Editing

Being certified by Editors Canada is the recognition of an editor's high level of professional knowledge and skill. In today's competitive job market, certification demonstrates your expertise—and gives you a marketing advantage.

Editors Canada typically offers two professional certification exams each year, on a two-year rotation.   

In 2020, we are offering the stylistic editing exam only.  

Registration for the stylstic editing exam will open in July 2020, and close at 11:30 p.m. eastern, on October 16, 2020. The exam will be held on November 21, 2020. 

Certification exams for structural editing, stylistic editing and proofreading will be offered in future years.  

Exam Format

The structural editing, stylistic editing and copy editing exams will be held in computer labs on PC computers.  Please note that we are not offering the exam on Mac computers.   

The proofreading exam, when offered, is completed on paper. 

Exam Date 2020

Stylistic editing      Saturday, November 21, 2020    10 am to 1 pm

Exam Fees 

  Editors Canada members Non-members
One exam $450 $550
Two exams (when two are offered in the same year) $850 $1,050

Exam Locations

The 2020 exam will be offered in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa.

We may add other cities to this list if enough registrants request them.

If you live more than 300 kilometres from one of these exam sites, or if your personal circumstances make it a hardship for you to attend an exam site, you may qualify for our new remote testing program. Please contact for information.