Writing & Editing for Business

Writing and Editing for Business Certificate of Completion

Classroom & Online

Having the ability to deliver clear, concise material saves time and demonstrates solid written communication skills. Revisit the basics of grammar, different writing styles and how to organize your thoughts for more effective writing in the workplace.

Important Notice

The Writing and Editing for Business Certificate of Completion program is being revised for winter 2021. Please contact us at cebusiness@mtroyal.ca or at 403.440.5665 for more information. Our team is here to support you as you embark on or work towards completion of your certificate.


  • Increase your marketability in the workplace
  • Update your knowledge of grammar and punctuation pitfalls
  • Learn more about the professional editing industry
• Complete 3 courses offered (45 Hours)
• This program can be completed in one semester with up to a maximum of 2 years

Required Courses

Editing Fundamentals

Discover the fundamentals of professional editing and the skills and standards common to all editors. Learn why editing matters and how editing skills can be developed and refined. Be introduced to different kinds of editing (copy editing, style editing and structural editing).

No textbook required.

Subject (for registration): Communications  

Subject code: XCOM 20002 15 Hours Fee: $429
CRN 90462 Online Sept. 21 - Nov. 2

Editing for Beginners (NEW, Winter 2021)

This course will introduce the fundamentals of editing, including why editing matters and how editing skills can be developed and refined. You will be introduced to the different kinds of editing (proofreading, copy editing, style editing and structural editing) and the skills and standards common to all editors. Through presentations, readings, assignment and practice, participants will gain an appreciation for what it takes to succeed as an editor.

No textbook required.

Subject (for registration): Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20013 15 Hours Fee: $429 Not offered this semester


* Please Note: This course will be replacing Editing Fundamentals in this certificate for winter 2021

Grammar and Punctuation Essentials

Brush up on basic writing skills. Review parts of speech, grammar and common grammatical mistakes. Explore sentence parts including words, phrases and clauses. Understand punctuation and common punctuation mistakes such as capitalization, abbreviations and numbers. Discuss commonly misused and misspelled words.

Recommended: Complete this course and Effective Business Writing before beginning Editing Fundamentals.

Required textbook: Ruvinsky, M. (2014). Practical Grammar: A Canadian Writer's Resource (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press Canada.

Subject (for registration): Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20008 20 Hours Fee: $359
CRN 90463 Online Sept. 14 - Oct. 26

Effective Business Writing

Develop and refine your writing skills to meet the challenges of a professional workplace environment. Learn how to write clear, concise and dynamic emails, letters and reports with competence and ease. Review common grammatical mistakes, style principles, document design, and editing basics.

Required textbook:
Chandler, M. (2017). Good Writing is Good Business . Green Fuse Inc. eBook available at www.goodbusinesswriter.com

Subject (for registration): Technical & Business Writing 

Subject code: XTBW 10013 15 Hours Fee: $429
CRN 90203
Online Sept. 14 - Oct. 19


Refer to your Confirmation of Registration for specific course information.

Textbooks may be purchased independently or through the Campus Store.

Course materials will be provided to students on Blackboard, 3 days prior to class start. Students must bring a printed or digital copy of the course manual to class.

CE Bio - Professional Editing Technical Writing - ChandlerMargaret Chandler BA, MEd

Margaret is a teacher, author, and editor. She teaches business writing, grammar and style, and editing courses at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary and delivers customized workshops to many other clients. She also provides writing and editing services through her company, Green Fuse Inc.

Margaret enjoys sharing her passion for the English language and helping people become better writers. Students appreciate the strategies and resources that she provides to make the writing process more efficient and pleasant. She's also excited about her recently published book Good Writing Is Good Business: Your go-to guide to confident, stylish and correct writing, which is a practical and comprehensive resource for all writers.


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Contact us

For information about this program:


403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655

Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

Customize this program for your organization through our Corporate Training unit.