RE: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: RE: Technical Writing Certifications
From: "Dori Green" <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:53:13 -0400

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
All the
tech pubs field has to do is agree what courses need
to be taken in the non-writing skills.


Heck, I'd be very pleased if STC developed a basic test and
certification like Manpower uses for its temporary secretaries. A BS or
even MS in Tech Writing/Communications/English does not guarantee that I
will not still have to spend a lot of my time correcting typos,
spelling, and grammar errors. Certification of basic "core
competencies" in those three specific areas would bring a candidate to a
significantly higher position on my "let's take a closer look" list.

With those three covered, I next want to see evidence that they have a
clue about how to use their brain to organize and prioritize
information. It doesn't have to be organized and prioritized the same
way that I would do it, but they have to show me that they have a clue.

Of course I could teach all of those skills. But if somebody is
presenting themselves as a professional tech writer, I should not have

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Dori Green


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