ACES has teamed up with The Poynter Institute’s News University to offer ACES members a wide variety of online training seminars. These webinars cover the latest trends in language and best practices related to editing.

This training is available on-demand and is offered at a significant discount for ACES members. That makes it a convenient and cost-effective way to keep up your editing chops.

Introductory: Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

The Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing gives you a solid understanding of the standards, essential skills, and best practices of editing. This course contains six self-paced courses. The cost is $150 for nonmembers and $99 for members.

The estimate is 1.5-2 hours per lesson, or a total of 12-15 hours for the full course. But because this course is self-directed, you can start and pause at your convenience. The course is available for 1 year. 

The only other timing note to make is that quizzes and assessments are timed. (For example, you might get 25 minutes for a 15 question quiz.) Quizzes and assessments require an 80% or higher score to pass and participants have three attempts to pass. 

Intermediate Editing Certificate Program

Advanced Editing Certificate Program

The advanced certificate program contains two components:

*The full Advanced Editing Certificate Program is $600 for nonmembers and $475 for members.

ACES members can access Poynter discount codes by logging in to their ACES membership account

For more information on the ACES/Poynter Certificate program, please contact Maria James at

If you need help with your ACES member account, please email