Re: Not again: certification?

Subject: Re: Not again: certification?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:53:02 -0700

"Ehr, Meg" wrote:

> I, too, had issues when I took the test (back when they were free...). I
> didn't find that the questions really reflected TW as I know it. Then again,
> how could any test?

Several people have made similar comments, suggesting that no test could
encompass all aspects of technical writing.

I can't help wondering if this difficulty isn't exaggerated. After all,
professional associations tht have certification manage. So do
university courses. Specialized knowledge simply has its own test.

Of course, there are problems, such as keeping the tests current, or
adding a new test when it's needed. But they're not insurmountable, by
any means (especially when we're only talking on a theoretical basis :-)

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com

"And Tyler smiles, Tyler smiles,
At an angry crowd stretching miles and miles,
Six hundred years, and the lesson wasn't learned."
- Attila the Stockbroker, "Tyler Smiles (22nd November, 1990)"


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