Part-time, online Editing Certificate

Program details


Part time, online


Each course runs from two to 10 weeks in length and involves six to 30 hours of instruction.*

*Online courses can be accessed at your convenience via Canvas, our online course management system.  


This program is designed to be completed in two years, but you have up to five years to finish.*

*Beginning on the day you start your first course (as long as the course is part of the program's curriculum when you apply). We encourage you to apply for admission to the program before or soon after you begin taking courses.

Upcoming term You may start in any semester with almost any course.
Courses You'll take 10 core courses and a minimum of 24 hours of electives.
Learning materials

You will need a computer with a licensed copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or newer. Equipment and required texts (if any) are listed on each course outline.*

*You may purchase texts from your local bookstore or online. The cost of textbooks is not included in your tuition. All other course materials are included in your tuition, and will be available for download.

Tuition Tuition is based on the total cost of individual course fees, which range from $350 to $930.
Application fee $75 (non-refundable
Application deadline Apply anytime. There is no application deadline for this program. 

Study in class or online with other professionals

Flexible scheduling

The part-time, online Editing Certificate is designed to meet the scheduling needs of a working professional. You can learn from wherever you have a computer with an Internet connection.

Interactive learning environment

SFU Continuing Studies’ online learning environment is interactive. You will work through each course with learners from different professional backgrounds who will share their experiences, ideas and expertise.

Coursework: What to expect

Coursework reflects and builds upon the real-world experience that everyone brings to the program. Prepare to spend six to ten hours per week on each course, which will include the following:

  • Weekly course modules, which you'll access through Canvas
  • Online discussions
  • Individual and group assignments

Your course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines are posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

You do not have to be online at specific times, but you will need to be online regularly. You should plan to access Canvas at least once every two days to keep up with your work and group assignments. You may reach your instructors through Canvas.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

Technical information (online students)

You’ll access the online courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. 

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of each course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

Editing Certificate classroom

Evaluation and graduation

Evaluation methods vary, but you will receive a final letter grade (A to F or P or F) at the end of each course. To graduate with the Editing Certificate, complete all the required courses with an overall grade of B- (70%). When you have successfully completed all your courses, please fill out the graduation application form. There is no fee to apply to graduate.