Re: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Certifications
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 14:40:24 -0700 (PDT)

>> 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

I see a different purpose for certification.

Certification defines a complete set of skills that makes you a "top level, handle-whatever-is-given" tech writer.

There are many writers out there that are looking for a list of skills that they should study. They post those questions to the lists. Think of certification as a skills shopping list.

Another purpose is, certification is probably of not much use for those who are content to write, which is probably 75% of the writers out there. However, if you are lookikng to manage a group;, you are hit with so may required skills other than writing, that certification give you a leg up on those skills.

John Posada
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