Launch your career as an editor or validate your experience with a respected credential. Following Editors Canada Professional Editorial Standards, our online certificate program covers the four stages of editing: structural, stylistic, copy editing and proofreading, as well as editorial roles, the publishing process and more. You’ll gain the professional tools and techniques you need to polish diverse writing styles and work effectively with writers and designers.
Why this program?
- Develop the key competencies required for Editors Canada certification
- Build marketable skills in your choice of specialized areas
- Learn from experienced working editors
- Take fully online courses on a flexible schedule
- Start with individual courses and apply to the program at any time
- Graduate with a certificate that confers SFU alumni status along with its benefits
2–5 years (from start date of first course)
To graduate, complete all courses with a minimum average grade of B- (70%).
3–10 weeks (9–30 instructional hours)
Self-paced within set deadlines
Required courses in recommended order (but take in any order, except EDIT410, which should be completed last):
- Editors and Editing: An Introduction (EDIT110)
- Copy Editing (EDIT210)
- Proofreading (EDIT225)
- Efficient Business and Professional Writing (BCPW205)
- Ethics and Legal Issues in Writing and Publishing (BCPW210)
- Grammar (EDIT250)
- Document Design and Production for Editors (EDIT240)
- Stylistic Editing (EDIT320)
- Structural Editing (EDIT330)
- Final Project: Editing (EDIT410)
Elective courses (minimum 24 hours; choose from list):
- Writing and Editing for the Web (EDIT505)
- Freelancing for Editors (EDIT509)
- Plain Language Principles (PLNL110)
- Technical Writing and Editing (TCOM120)
- Indexing: An Essential Art and Science (TCOM230)
See individual courses for textbook details
$350–$930/course, not including textbooks
$75 program application fee
No application deadline. Take individual courses and apply to the program at any time.
- Grade 12 or equivalent
- Mature students who do not meet this requirement may qualify with at least 5 years of appropriate experience
- Advanced English Language Requirements
See Application details for more info.
Register for individual courses at any time, with the option to apply to the program later.
Enroll in the certificate program to:
- Track your progress in your student account
- Access potential tax credits
- Be eligible to graduate when you finish
Can you be an editor if you have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? For Jahleen Turnbull-Sousa, a graduate of SFU’s Editing Certificate, the answer is a resounding yes.
You could say that freelance editor Alicia Chantal has a passion for health care and education in her blood.