Subject: Certification
From: Ann Balaban <abalaban -at- tsystem -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:32:16 -0500


I have been in the business of TW for over 25 years. I am retired from
a high-tech company and now work in the medical industry. I had an
undergrad degree in Journalism, which came in very handy when I started
out, but if I were starting now, I would definitely take a certification
program, in addition to some HCI design, information management, computer
science, graphic design, project management and other classes that I
thought would help. Being a good writer is an asset but having knowledge
in other areas helps tremendously and helps you project more expertise.
Good luck in your new career.

Ann Balaban
T-System, Inc. | For people working smarter to provide the best care
4020 McEwen Drive | Dallas, TX 75244 |

> ------------------------------
> 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 www.techwriter-certification.com 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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