Competency Charts and Profiles

Writing and Publishing


The publishing industry is in a state of flux as it responds to the challenges and opportunities of new technologies and globalization. In an information age and a knowledge economy, the art of writing is more in demand than ever. Meanwhile book and magazine publishers are racing to keep up with the new methods of publishing and distribution in electronic format.

As the publishing industry evolves, publishers will need new skills and knowledge. Small, medium and large publishing companies will have to find their place beside a growing number of self-publishers.

This site has resources to help publishers improve their skills and recruit and mentor new talent.

The CHRC has developed tools to support the Book Publishing industry, including a competency chart and profile for Book Publishers and a Book Publishers training gaps analysis.

For Magazine Publishers, CHRC has developed four online resources to address the challenges of digitization in the editorial, production, advertising and circulation functions of the industry. In collaboration with Magazine Publishers and professional organizations from across Canada, CHRC has also developed a competency chart and profile for Magazine Publishing and a Magazine Publishing training gaps analysis.

This site is for those working in Publishing and with Publishers. If you're interested in learning more about how to become a Publisher and ways into the industry look at our Words on the Move site.

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CHRC's Role

The Cultural Human Resources Council is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Canada's cultural workforce and improving the HR environment within the cultural sector. One of CHRC's goals is to strengthen the book publishing industry by addressing the HR needs of Book Publishers and book publishing companies.

Experienced Book Publishers from around the country with a wealth of experience and knowledge developed a competency chart and profile for Book Publishers.

The Cultural Human Resources Council strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the areas of cultural human resources development. We hope that these online resources will help you to achieve your professional vision, by providing a map of the skills and training you need to find success in the book publishing industry.

These tools can be used to:

  • Address gaps in formal education and training that exist in the book publishing industry
  • Increase understanding of the broad roles that Book Publishers play within cultural, educational and economic sectors
  • Provide a reliable self-assessment tool for Book Publishers, educators, organizations and government to use for their own specific needs

This online resource is designed to help you achieve your professional vision, by providing a map of the training needed to find success in your chosen field.


Fine Print

The Cultural Human Resources Council hopes you will find the information helpful and easy to use, but provides the information "as is", and makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding it. CHRC disclaims all liability of any kind whatsoever arising out of your use of, or inability to use, this information.