Re: Just can't help myself

Subject: Re: Just can't help myself
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 11:13:29 -0400

John and Bill,

At one point John helped organize an off-list discussion group on certification. I participated for a while and then the discussion petered out, as, I gather, similar past efforts have done.

Now this is coming up again, and this time John has proposed a rather ambitious catalog of skills (that he is now about to flesh out).

Let me propose another approach.

I think John's list, plus or minus some elements, might be appropriate for certification as, say, a "master technical writer" or some such. And I'm certain there are times when a company wants to hire a master technical writer.

But I think that most of the time companies might like the option of knowing whether a candidate meets the _minimum_ requirements for a technical writer. I'm not talking about a company that wants a typist who can occasionally write up a procedure semi-competently. I'm talking about companies that have a regular need for writers in project environments. They're tired of getting burned by wannabes who really can't do the work, and they just want to know that someone's being certified means they meet the basic requirements.

So before we go off into the stratospherics of John's list, maybe the discussion ought to be refocused on the skills one ought to have at a somewhat lower level.

Otherwise, only three people in the world will qualify for certification. And that doesn't work to anyone's benefit.

Whaddaya say, guys?


John Posada wrote:

In however long it takes you, please spec out a tech writing
certification in detail for us all to review. Maybe once we have
some specifics to discuss, we can get somewhere.

Let me work on may be a few days.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer


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