RE: Certification is absurd

Subject: RE: Certification is absurd
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 16:46:16 -0400

> Whatever "body" hands out this certification will have an updated
> certification test every year or so ... you have to stay relevant or
> else you'll disappear. So that's another test we'll have to take, once
> again promoting test taking over writing.

No updated tests, but yes, continual education, yes >you have to stay
relevant or else you'll disappear<.

That's bad?

> This certification will create a cottage industry based on helping
> writers pass the test(s), not become better tech writers.

How do they help you fake the required experience that you must prove?

> better test takers, not better writers. Our profession takes
> another hit when these test takers don't cut it at the new job.

We're taking hits now because they aren't cutting it at their jobs now.

> Here's the sad thing ... if the STC was better at its job,
> membership in it could be a form of low-level certification.

yep...but they're not.

John Posada
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