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Ted Finch wonders: <<I am new to the tech writing profession. You are not
serious about a certification program are you.>>
Some people are VERY serious about it. But the fact of the matter is that
right now, you don't need a certificate or even a degree in the field to get
into our profession. You just need the right skills. Those skills must
include the ability to communicate well; they may also include advanced
technical knowledge of the subject matter but must include at least a basic
understanding of the subject. Whether you have to be able to program in Java
to document Java applications is a whole other argument. Not going there...
--Geoff Hart, geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
580 boul. St-Jean
Pointe-Claire, Que., H9R 3J9 Canada
"Wisdom is one of the few things that look bigger the further away it
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