Editors’ Association of Canada Certification

Got this in an email; years ago I won a free workshop from the EAC, who are great people, but regrettably I never took it. Their workshops are thorough enough that I have confidence in their certifications although I haven’t bothered to get certified, myself. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you there’s no doubt I’m certifiable.

Are you ready to join an elite group of Certified Professional Editors, Certified Proofreaders, Certified Copy Editors or Certified Structural and Stylistic Editors? Don’t wait! The registration deadline for Editors’ Association of Canada certification is just around the corner.

Register now

To learn more about EAC certification and register online, visit the certification website. Registration closes on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 1 p.m., Eastern Time.

Take advantage of this final opportunity to earn your certification based on the current Professional Editorial Standards (PES-1999)

Complete your certification credential this year. If you’ve already passed one or more of the tests required to earn a particular credential—Certified Professional Editor (CPE), Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor, Certified Proofreader or Certified Copy Editor—register for the 2009 test that allows you to complete that credential.

Earn the combined Certified Structural and Stylistic Editing credential by passing the Structural and Stylistic Editing and Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process tests this year. November 2009 is the last time the combined Structural and Stylistic Editing test will be offered. Starting in 2010, separate Structural Editing and Stylistic Editing tests will be offered, giving test-takers the opportunity to become a Certified Structural Editor or a Certified Stylistic Editor.

Starting in 2010, all tests will be based on PES-2009. For more information about the 2010 changes to the certification program, requirements and transfer credits, read the certification FAQ.

If you’re seeking official recognition of your high level of knowledge and skill and an editor’s marketing advantage, register for this year’s tests today.

Test dates

Saturday, November 21, 2009

  • Proofreading (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

  • Structural and Stylistic Editing (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Copy Editing test will not be offered in 2009, but will be offered again in 2010.

Test locations

The following test locations are planned, demand and resources permitting: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Study companions

EAC Certification: Study Guide and Exemplars

To assess your readiness and see what the tests entail, check out EAC Certification: Study Guide and Exemplars. Each volume of the Study Guide provides you with a comprehensive introduction to one of the certification tests, including a practice test, an answer key and sample results of a pass and a failure, with markers’ comments. Working through the relevant volumes of the Study Guide is a hands-on way to engage with the standards and identify gaps in your current knowledge and skills.

Meeting Editorial Standards: EAC’s apprentice on a bookshelf

This two-volume self-study educational tool covers core editorial skills in a Canadian context. It is adaptable to the needs of all editors—from beginners who are learning the craft to established professionals who are checking and broadening their knowledge. The approach is suitable for either independent study or course work.

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