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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 2022, we are offering the copy-editing editing and stylistic editing exams.  

Registration for the exams will open in July 2022. The exams will be held on Saturday 19 November, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time (copy-editing), and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time (stylistic editing). 

Professional certification exams for structural editing and proofreading will be offered in 2023.

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 2022, given the ongoing pandemic, we anticipate that the copy-editing and stylistic editing exams will be offered remotely only, and onscreen, in Microsoft Word. Further details will be available soon on how the exam will be administered. 

Exam Date 2022

Copy-editing        Saturday, November 19, 2022    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time

Stylistic editing    Saturday, November 19, 2022     2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 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

Cancellation: If Editors Canada cancels an exam for which you have registered, you'll have the opportunity to either transfer your registration or receive a full refund of your registration fees. If you cancel your registration for any other reason and the association receives written notice of your cancellation on or before October 28, 2022, Editors Canada will refund your registration less a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 28, 2021.

Exam Locations

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate that we will not offer in-person exam locations in 2022 (as in 2020 and 2021).   

(In non-pandemic years, 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.)

Details to be confirmed soon, but in 2022, we anticipate offering two methods of taking the exam:

  • Remote proctoring: This will be the default option, by which candidates write the exams using a remote proctoring service, enabling them to write the exam on their own computer at home. Candidates will need to have a web cam and stable Internet access, and Microsoft Word installed on their home computer. Visit the Remote Proctoring page for full details, to decide whether this option is for you.


  • Arrange your own site and invigilator: Alternatively, candidates can take advantage of our existing “remote testing” policy, whereby you 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, or visit the Remote Locations section of the certification web page. Submit the details (location and invigilator) for approval along with your registration by October 21, 2022. Candidates must follow all applicable local rules and laws for physical distancing, masking, and other safety measures while in their arranged space.