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 online with other professionals

Flexible scheduling

The curriculum is designed to meet the scheduling needs of a working professional. You can access the course from wherever you have a computer with an Internet connection. Your course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines are posted well in advance.

Interactive environment

Studying online doesn't mean you'll miss out on interaction with others. You'll work through each course with a group of no more than 25 like-minded professionals from different locations and fields who will share experience, ideas and expertise. Additionally, you may always contact your classmates and instructors through Canvas.

Coursework: What to expect

Learn hands-on

Coursework reflects and builds upon the real-world experience that everyone brings to the program. The workload will vary, but you should be prepared to spend up to 10 hours a week on coursework.

Work at your own pace

You'll typically set your own coursework hours, although occasionally you may need to meet your classmates online at a specific time. You'll also need to follow posted assignment and discussion timelines.

English language requirements  

To meet the demands of the program, you should have an advanced level of spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score of 6.5
  • All bands 6.0 or higher
  • A writing band score of 8.0

If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

Technical information

You’ll access the 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.

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.

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.