RE: Hostility towards STC

Subject: RE: Hostility towards STC
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 15:54:21 -0400

Bill Swallow
wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com

::: -----Original Message-----
::: For example, a candidate might have to
::: demonstrate basic knowledge of one programming language out
::: of a choice
::: of four or five, mastery of two out of three basic pieces
::: of writing
::: software, and design one of several different types of marketing
::: material. Just as an undergrad degree is designed to give at least
::: minimal exposure to different areas of knowledge, tech writing
::: certification would indicate that a person had at least
::: some exposure to
::: different areas in the field.

What about tech writers in the medical, scientific, manufacturing,
geological, and other industries?

::: - Certification in a single, specialized area.

Ah, but that blows away the need for the former then, right?

::: In both cases, credit could be given for demonstrated
::: experience for
::: those still working in the field. In addition, there could
::: be several
::: levels of certification, with the higher grades
::: demonstrating competence
::: in more areas, and accordingly being in a better position
::: to negotiate
::: higher pay scales.

That's really tough to measure. A tech writer who has worked in the defense
industry for 25 years is more valuable to that industry than a very
well-rounded candidate with 25 years all over the place doing many different

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