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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 is now open, and will close at 11:30 p.m. eastern, on October 2, 2020. The exam will be held on November 21, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time. 

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

Exam Format

When offered in onsite settings, the structural editing, stylistic editing and copy editing exams are held in computer labs on PC computers (Mac computers are not available in onsite settings). 

In 2020, the stylistic editing exam is being offered via our remote testing policy only, though which candidates must arrange for their own location with a computer. In this case, Mac computers are permitted.

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

Exam Date 2020

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

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering in-person exam locations in 2020. The 2020 professional certification exam in Stylistic Editing will be offered by remote testing only.  

(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.)

In 2020, 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.