Part-time, online Editing Certificate

Become the heart of great writing

At SFU, we understand how critical editors are to effective communication. Our part-time, online Editing Certificate is the only program of its kind in Western Canada. You’ll sharpen your editorial eye, hone your proofreading skills and learn to communicate more effectively with writers.

Our practical, hands-on editing courses follow Editors Canada Professional Editorial Standards. Courses cover the four stages of editing—structural, stylistic, copy editing and proofreading—as well as the role of the editor in the publishing process, how to create and work with style guides, and more. You'll be able to specialize your skills through electives in indexing, plain language, writing for the web, technical editing and writing, and freelancing as an editor.

Robin-Eliece's passion for learning took her from teaching to a freelance editing career. Read more

Take the next step in your editing career

We serve many different kinds of students, including novice editors who love language and detail and would like to begin an editing career, as well as experienced professionals who want to refresh their skills or prepare for certification.  

By completing the Editing Certificate, our alumni gain a solid foundation in editing principles and practices. 

Network with industry professionals

Our program will give you an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals who are also building their careers, as well as with our editing instructors, who are passionate about their craft and leaders in their field. They've spent years editing in agencies, in-house, in the publishing world, in freelance capacities, and more, and they know what it takes to excel.