Poynter ACES Introductory Certificate in Editing

Distinguish yourself with the industry’s premiere editing certificate, where you’ll learn powerful techniques to help you and your organization achieve greater communications clarity; how to embrace accuracy and verification; ways to perfect your grammar, word use and style; and the skills to make you the kind of editor people are hungry to work with. Get details.

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  • 15h 30m

  • 7 courses

  • Good editors become great ones in our Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing, audited and updated for 2023.

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Go at your own pace for a timeline that fits your schedule or your organization’s needs.

Hear from renowned, passionate industry experts on grammar, writing and editing.

Get the latest best practices from the digital world, from SEO headlines to online verification.

Enroll in all courses for $200 $150.00

A $50.00 savings compared to purchasing a la carte.

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    Language Primer

    One of Poynter’s all-time most popular courses, the Language Primer has been fully updated and…

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    Fundamentals of Editing

    Gain knowledge about the process of editing, and understand the range of skills that give…

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    The Art and Science of Editing

    Is editing an art or is it a science? In this illuminating course, you’ll learn…

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    Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise

    This short online course focuses on ways to make communication clearer and more engaging. We’ll…

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    Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age

    Get the knowledge and tools necessary to become more accurate in what you publish in…

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    Editing Everywhere All At Once: Writing for SEO, Social, Newsletters and More

    Learn how to craft headlines that get noticed by search engines, understand best practices for…

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    ACES Certificate in Editing — Final Assessment

    You’re almost there! By passing this final assessment, you’ll earn your editing certificate from Poynter…

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  • Andy Bechtel
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