Register for the Editors Canada Professional Certification exams

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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 2024, we are offering the Copy Editing and Stylistic Editing exams.  

Exam registration

Discounted early-bird pricing is in effect until Monday, September 16, 2024.

Professional certification exams for copy editing and stylistic editing will be offered in 2024.

Exam format

Candidates will write the exam on their own computer at home (PC or Mac). The 2024 Copy Editing and Structural Editing exams will both be written onscreen in Microsoft Word.

We’ll provide you with the exam and ask you to download it, complete it and upload it within the exam time frame. You will need access to Google Drive. Please register with an email address that has a Google account associated with it. You will need to have reliable Internet access and Microsoft Word installed on your home computer (NOT Google Docs). You should also have a quiet, private space in your home during the exam, in which to write the exam.

For further details on how the exam will be administered, visit the Professional Certification page.

Exam date

Copy Editing

Saturday, November 16, 2024
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., local time to candidate

Stylistic Editing

Saturday, November 16, 2024
2 p.m. to 5 p.m., local time to candidate

Exam fees 

Early-bird registration (on or before Monday, September 16, 2024)

 Editors Canada membersNon-members
One exam$400$500
Two exams (when two are offered in the same year)$750$950

Regular registration (as of Tuesday, September 17, 2024)

 Editors Canada membersNon-members
One exam$450$550
Two exams (when two are offered in the same year)$850$1,050


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 25, 2024, Editors Canada will refund your registration less a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 25, 2024.

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