Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler

Subject: Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 15:13:41 -0700

Personally, I think anyone who can put up with the antics of STC
without cringing should be certified. At least "certifiable". The pros
of certification are that it's portfolio-based and, I hope, will
provide a form of academic credential that could be accepted in
workplaces that value paper over practice.

The cons of certification are that the pioneers behind this movement
appear to be of the camp that values paper over practice, so the
initial categories for certification may be skewed in that direction.

If we are to gain any value at all from certification, then the
practical camp need to drive this process, rather than reject the idea
outright as another money grab. Of course it may very well be that,
but it doesn't have to be. What happens to projects that win STC
awards, would those project qualify for certification?

For the past two years I've been trying to come up with a project to
complete my Tech Writing certificate, but it's been difficult to get a
signed commitment from the department as to what I can do to fulfill
the requirements of the few courses I refuse to take due to their lack
of practical value. I don't want to just forego the certificate
because I already applied a lot of work toward the courses that I
don't want to lose it.

The school seems to be in agreement to the idea, and I and am still
discussing the idea with the department head. I haven't given up hope.

-Tony
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Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Steven Jong
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Rick Stone

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