Professional Editing

Professional Editing Extension Certificate

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403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655 

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.


  • Earn a recognized credential to enhance your career prospects  
  • Develop your personal and professional skills
  • Learn from experienced industry professionals
  • Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers
  • Complete through online delivery, open to anyone, anywhere


Program format

Format: Online | Learn more

Duration: Complete the 6 required courses (100 hours) within 3 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years
The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to review the online learning units - your actual time spent completing the assignments may vary.


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

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