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6 required courses (100 hours)


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Complete in one year, or up to 3 years

Professional editing is the process of reviewing and improving written documents by making or suggesting changes to improve the clarity, precision and effectiveness of the writing.

Enhance your professional writing and editing skills with this newly revised program taught by subject matter experts working in the industry. Gain a solid foundation for a career in the world of editing. Acquire an understanding of the standards, skills and tools of professional copy editors through presentations, readings, editing practice and discussion.

Explore copyediting and proofreading, learn how to use and create house style guides and style sheets, and recognize the importance of copyright, citations and references. Brush up on basic writing skills as you review parts of speech, grammar and common grammatical mistakes.

Identify comprehensive and stylistic editing problems and find solutions. Complete the certificate by creating a portfolio of work samples that show your ability to effectively carry out copyediting, proofreading and comprehensive editing that meets industry standards.

Note: program instructors use and refer to Chicago Manual of Style in class, but discuss a variety of other styles as well.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Enhance your life | Develop your personal and professional skills

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals

Gain hands-on experience | Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers

Online delivery | Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere


Learn more about professional writing in business

Interested in becoming more organized and effective in your business communication?

Consider our Writing and Editing for Business Certificate of Completion to help you communicate effectively in writing and correspondence in the workplace.

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Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Grammar and Punctuation Essentials ON ON ON
Editing Fundamentals ON ON ON
Copyediting and Proofreading ON ON  
Editing Portfolio ON   ON
Structural Editing ON ON  
Stylistic Editing ON ON  



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details


Minimum required

6 Course(s)

Complete six required courses to earn your extension certificate.

Courses in this certificate can be taken in any order.

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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