Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler

Subject: Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:36:16 -0400

> Well, so far whether or not I am a good technical writer has been the
> subjective opinion of someone else.

That is extremely unfortunate. As a Documentation Manager I worked
hard to develop objective criteria for both hard and soft skills in
order to appropriately evaluate five levels of technical writer roles.

> As with many other certifications, just
> because a person has one, doesn't mean they are any good.

Very true, but I think that is one hurdle STC is trying to overcome by
NOT looking only at testing.

> There are a number
> of doctors, lawyers, mechanics, and various other careers that have
> certifications, yet there are many of those same people who I wouldn't let
> touch me or my car.

Very true. There are doctors who shouldn't be allowed within 500 feet
of a patient, and there are others who you would bend over backwards
just to get in to see.

> We could do what law enforcement does. Along with the skills part of being a
> tech writer (writing, tool knowledge, English knowledge) maybe we should
> include a psychological evaluation in front of a panel of experts to
> determine if we have the personality to be tech writers.

Well, I'd fail that in no time flat.

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Follow-Ups:

References:
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Sharon Burton
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Keith Hood
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Wade Courtney
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Mike Starr
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Wade Courtney
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Bill Swallow
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Wade Courtney

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