Re: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Certifications
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:30:18 -0400

It would be a worthy goal, but certification in many fields is
complicated by the very issues that have kept us "uncertified" for so
long. No need to rehash all the arguments, but it's true that the
quality component of any certification is always problematic. Who
defines what is "quality"? Hours alone won't do it. Examinations alone
won't do it. Degrees can't even do it. Certification is no guarantee of
quality. I have worked a variety of "certified" professionals over many
years to whom quality was a foreign concept. Yet they had paid their
money, jumped through some administrative hoops, spent the requisite
hours, taken the training, and proudly framed the certificate. I agree
with Peter.

stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net wrote:
> Peter Neilson wrote, "People who write crap can get certifications," which is an interesting argument.
> A *certificate* you can perhaps get. You can get a certificate for sitting through, say, a one-day workshop on "writing with punch." However, the requirements for *certification* are usually much more demanding. For example, the Project Management Institute's certification requires a master's degree, passing an examination, and 4,500 hours of work in the field.
> If technical writing certification had similar requirements, how would you propose getting through the two years by writing crap?

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