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 $300 $150.00

A $150.00 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 Introductory Certificate in Editing — Final Assessment

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

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The ACES Introductory Certificate in Editing is a rigorous seven-part certificate program that ranges from basics on clarity and verification to deep dives that explain how errors get inserted into copy and how to fact-check online content with the latest techniques. Newly revised and updated for 2023, this program draws together knowledge from some of the nation’s leading editors, fact-checkers and academics for a fast-paced experience that will challenge and entertain you on your quest to becoming a world-class editor.

The first of our three-part certification program, this foundational program will have you polishing copy, sussing out misinformation and developing a sparkling rapport with writers in no time.


Once you enroll in this certificate program, you can start any time and engage with learning material on your own schedule. There will be seven courses in the certificate to complete. We estimate that it will take 12-15 hours to complete the entire certificate.

Who should enroll

This certificate is designed for editors of all stripes. Regardless of whether you work in legacy news media, a public relations firm, a government communications office or a creative agency, our certificate is designed to help you get your intended message to its appropriate audience clearly, succinctly and accurately. While it was designed with journalists in mind, the course can also help marketers, advertising writers, ad agencies or anyone with a vested interest in communicating in the clearest way possible.


Tuition for this seven-part certificate program is $150.

ACES members enjoy a discounted rate of $99 — the checkout code is on the ACES website inside the membership portal landing page under “Member Discounts.” Use that code at checkout on the Poynter site.


If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.


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