Re: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Certifications
From: "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:42:12 -0400

I'll ask again, since this seems to be getting lost in translation:

Are we talking about Technical Writing certification or Technical
Writer certification?


Are we focusing on certifying proficiency in the task of writing or
are we focusing on the proficiency in a role?

I ask because the two are very different, and require a very different
set of "passing criteria".

On 9/27/07, Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> *** Not expressing an opinion about certification, but only about
> certificate programs and education in general ***
> I understand Bill's viewpoint, BUT.....
> My $.02: I have experience, as a teacher, with certificate programs, and
> also about two decades working as a member of software development teams
> (sometimes as a PM, which I have been trained for). I believe that technical
> writing uses either different approaches to, or subsets of, the larger PM
> methods. And it's worth it to teach and learn those methods.

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