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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 structural editing and proofreading exams will open in August 2021. The exams will be held on November 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time (structural editing), and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time (proofreading). 

Professional certification exams for stylistic editing and copy editing will be offered in 2022.  

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 2021, there is a chance that structural editing and proofreading exams will be 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. Please stay tuned for confirmation.

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

Exam Date 2021

Structural editing      Saturday, November 20, 2020    10 am to 1 pm local time

Proofreading             Saturday, November 20, 2021     2 pm to 5 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 did not offer in-person exam locations in 2020. There is a chance that the 2021 professional certification exams in structural editing and proofreading will also only offered by remote testing - please stay tuned.  

(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 were 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 were required follow all applicable local rules and laws for physical distancing, masking, and other safety measures while in their arranged space.