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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 2021, we are offering the structural editing and proofreading exams.  

Registration for the structural editing and proofreading exams closed on October 22, 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, given the ongoing pandemic, the structural editing and proofreading exams will be offered remotely only, and onscreen. Structural editing will be written in Microsoft Word, and Proofreading onscreen in PDF format. 

Exam Date 2021

Structural editing      Saturday, November 20, 2021    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time

Proofreading             Saturday, November 20, 2021     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

Exam Locations

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

(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.)

In 2021, we are 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 Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (for the Proofreading exam; if you have a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro, that is fine) or Microsoft Word (for the Structural Editing exam) 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 18, 2021. Candidates must follow all applicable local rules and laws for physical distancing, masking, and other safety measures while in their arranged space.