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

In 2019, we are offering the copy editing exam only.  

Registration for the copy editing exam will open in July 2019, and close at 11:30 p.m. eastern, on October 18, 2019. The exam will be held on November 16, 2019. 

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 test on Mac computers.   

The proofreading test is completed on paper. 

Exam Date 2019

Copy editing      Saturday, November 16, 2019    10 am to 1 pm

Exam Fees 

  Editors Canada members Non-members
One exam $450 $550
Two exams $850 $1,050

Exam Locations

The 2019 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.