RE: Certification List

Subject: RE: Certification List
From: "Wade Courtney" <WCourtney -at- Elance -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 09:41:42 -0700


> I'm sure I don't understand your objection. I don't know if
> you have a college
> degree, but that is a form of certification, I think, and
> I've seen that make a
> difference between otherwise identically qualified candidates
> for a position. How
> can certification be different from that? People with degrees
> generally seem to
> think they should receive some consideration for that. (I'm
> not saying you do. I
> don't know what your feels about that are.)

Yes I have a degree, I just got it last year actually., But I was already making a very good salary as a tech writer and it really hasn't helped at all. But now I can say I have one. I'm sure of one thing though, it will keep me from getting weeded out based on that criteria.

> I guess my point is that there is always some determination
> made by somebody of why
> they choose to hire one person over another. Certification
> might, it seems to me,
> level the playing field in that it would provide a rationalle
> for hiring one person
> over another where two or more candidates both have, say,
> Journalism degrees and
> comparable experience. If one has bothered to learn some
> rudimendary skills
> associated specifically with Technical Writing, that might be
> the tipping point.

Why aren't journalists certified?

> In these parts, your area may be different, plumbers and
> electricians and
> bricklayers and woodworkers all have certification programs.
> I believe in some
> engineering disciplines there are certification programs,
> too. Same for hairdressers
> and lawyers and doctors.

Point taken, but also, these skills are more standard with little variance. for example, there is one way to connect two pipes together, one way to hook up a light, and one way to lay a brick. I would say that for hair dressers, doctors, and lawyers that these are more licenses to practice than certifications. But I'm no expert.

> I know of no artists in this day and age who hold any
> certification. In my opinion,
> more's the pity as there is some flat awful stuff out there
> that is presented as if
> it were art. Personally, I'd rather be considered a craftsman
> than an artist any
> day. You obviously feel differently.

No, I don't feel different, many craftsman are artists, I consider myself both.



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