Re: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Certifications
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 07:26:16 -0700 (PDT)

The MA is worth the money, from what I've seen. What you have to ask
yourself is whether you want to work for a place that values a
certification over experience. They probably want plodding types to
mechanically perform a repetitive task, not someone who is alert when
they walk in the door. I have seen some jobs that list a requirement of
either an English degree or a technical degree, experience and/or a

The reason certifications are popular is that it allows the employer
to, from a distance, cut out anyone who is not fully qualified without
incurring legal liability. It's a poor method of doing so. The wiser
course of action seems to be using employment agencies and headhunters
to filter candidates before they even reach the HR door.

--- brianlindgren -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

> I thought about getting a certification simply to have the
> credentials on paper to be bid for certain work... but instead opted
> to get a more technical master's degree. Everything Peter says is
> true, but a certification could make a difference depending on the
> industry.
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