Re: RE: Not again: certification

Subject: Re: RE: Not again: certification
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 09:34:04 -0500


The bigger questions are:
What value would certification bring to the certification holder?
Will it provide a better opportunity for promotion and advancement? Will it result in higher salaries or hourly rates?
Will it mean anything next time the company downsizes?
What kind of certification: a generic "certified technical writer"? What does that mean and what good will that do?
How long will the certification be valid? One year? Five years?
How could a certification exam possibly cover every industry or field?
What are individual motives for wanting a "certified technical writer" designation?
Certain states and professions have stringent certification requirements (law, medicine, engineering) to protect the public from harm. Why would the technical writing profession need certification?

Some research has already been mentioned that a generic designation has no effect on hiring or promotion decisions, no matter who runs the certification process. I have to agree with a previous posting that specific process or product certifications have the potential for more value than anything the STC could come up with.

I think that drawing the correlation between the STC being the largest tech comm organization in the field with its capability to run a bona fide certification process is a stretch. One reason they haven't bothered with the idea is because everytime the topic comes up, the membership feedback is overwhelmingly in favor of NOT pursuing the issue.


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