Technical Writer Certification

Subject: Technical Writer Certification
From: Brian Bertrand <bertran -dot- de -dot- st -dot- jean -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 10:26:51 -0400

Hello all, I am a new STC member and a recent convert to the technical
writing career. I started off as a middle school science teacher then two
years ago transitioned to technical writing. Since then I have been doing
contractor work for various federal agencies. I have been happily lurking
for about a week and have finally decided to emerge from the shadows.

As someone who does not have a degree in writing, english, etc, I am
interested in getting a technical writing certification to add to my
credentials. Thus far, my work and accumulating experience has been
sufficient, but I cannot help but think that having some form of
certification would definitely help put a bit more shine on my file. There
is a site called that offers various
certifications in partnership with UMass Amherst and others, has anyone on
list completed this kind of certification? Have you found that it is
valuable or is it not worth the time and money? Thanks for your help!

In Service to the Dream,

Brian C. Bertrand
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