Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

Course Overview

Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
Certificate Program

This certificate is $75 for members of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Watch your member email to get details about the discount. Looking for more ways to build your resume and boost your skills? See our complete lineup of certificate programs.

About Certificate Programs

Certificates of proficiency are designed to measure your knowledge of the industry's essential skills and best practices. To receive a certificate, take the NewsU courses associated with that certificate program and then successfully complete the online assessment for each course. Once you've passed all the assessments, you will receive your certificate from Poynter's NewsU.

This certificate in editing from Poynter News University and the American Copy Editors Society brings together the industry leaders in professional editing with the global leader in journalism training to standardize the practice of editing in a formal program.

The interactive courses and on-demand video replays in this series will give you a solid understanding of the standards, essential skills and best practices of editing.

This package includes these six courses (Please note: Enrolling in the courses separately will not count toward the certificate.):

Who Benefits From This Certificate:

Newsroom professionals, students, community journalists, bloggers, communications professionals or anyone—with or without formal journalism training—who wants to distinguish themselves in the eyes of editors and publishers.

How Certificates Work:
  • Each assessment contains about 15-20 multiple-choice and true-false questions
  • You must score at least 80 percent to pass each assessment
  • You'll get three chances to pass each assessment
  • You'll have 30 minutes to complete each assessment; 75 minutes for the Language Primer assessment
  • When you pass all the assessments, you will receive your certificate

Questions? Read our Certificates FAQ or contact us.


American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) is a non-profit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

ACES is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.