Re: Technical Writer Certification

Subject: Re: Technical Writer Certification
From: Arnold Burian <arnoldburian -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 07:01:48 -0500


As other people have indicated, technical writers do not have a
certification in the sense that project managers have PMI. But like any
other field, it's good to show education and experience on your resume
relevant to the position you are seeking. Having a technical writing
degree/certificate of some sort can be a unique differentiator in a pile of
resumes. It's up to you how far you want to take it. (With your background
in education, check if any local schools offer a graduate program in
technical writing.)

Best of luck.

Arnold Burian

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

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