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What is the name of the certification for copy editors?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2690 points ) January 19th, 2012

I came upon some sort of certification or program/education editor could go through which would bring them clout/expertise in their field….do you know the name of it, costs, cache, usefulness of it?

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submariner's avatar

I’ve never heard of such a thing (which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist). I can’t imagine something like that would carry more weight than a BA in English or journalism or another relevant discipline with internship or publication experience (such as working as a copy editor for a university newspaper). Maybe even a minor in English would be enough.

Edit: I have heard of specializations for English degrees, such as expository writing, creative writing, or technical/professional writing, which might show a potential employer that the student focused their studies on something other than literary criticism.

marinelife's avatar

I copy edit for a living, and I do not know of such a certification.

JonnyCeltics's avatar

I think it has to do with grammar and punctuation, perhaps…?

JonnyCeltics's avatar

I could be mistaken, of course.

submariner's avatar

When I was interviewed for jobs like that, the interviews included proofreading tests. No certification was mentioned.

Jeruba's avatar

No doubt there are courses available that will award you a certificate of completion. I believe EEI (formerly known as Editorial Experts, Inc.) is one such source, and there are probably very many with varying degrees of credibility behind them. I could offer a one-day workshop and give you a certificate of completion at the end, but what would that mean? There is no such thing as a copyediting credential, more’s the pity.

DaphneT's avatar

Try here if you want a program of study. This may also be of interest. I searched on editorial practices and journalism and copy editors and journalism. The second search phrase got me here, The American Copy Editors Society.

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