RE: City & Guilds Certificates

Subject: RE: City & Guilds Certificates
From: Steve Riley <SRILEY -at- bct-systems -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 09:43:49 -0000

If you're a working technical author with experience on the job,
you should find City & Guilds fairly straightforward. A number
of distance learning organisations will prepare you for the exam,
but this is not a requirement. If you're lazy, like me, you can
arrange to just take an exam at a local provider. Typically, this
will be a local further education college. You'll find most of the
people sitting exams alongside you will be 16-20 year olds studying
vocational courses. Amusing if you're an oldie getting qual-ied up.

Until fairly recently the C&G was about the only recognised
Tech Author qualification. There's much more to choose from now,
perhaps the best known being the BA in Technical Communication from
Coventry University. The ISTC ( has details of
most courses. Try the Education section for taught courses and Links
for Open Learning. The C&G is probably still the most relevant for
certification whilst still maintaining a career.

Hope this helps,
Steve Riley

> I'm a UK based technical author. I have no "relevant qualifications" in
> field as I have learnt everything I know by getting my hands dirty. I'd
> to get some sort of formal qualification and have been looking at the City
> Guilds Certificates in Technical Communication Techniques (5360-001) and
> Technical Authorship (5360-002). Do any listers out there have any
> experience of these courses or any open learning centres that offer them?

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