RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler

Subject: RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler
From: "Donald White" <dwhite -at- jrtcllc -dot- com>
To: "'Fred Ridder'" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <kevin -dot- mclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:09:28 -0400

One of the definitions given by Merriam-Webster for "professional" is
"characterized by conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a
profession." A professional certification is "a designation earned by a
person to assure qualification to perform a job or task." (Wikipedia)

I suppose the Society feels it best answers concerns over objectivity and
arbitrariness by resting its certification solely on evaluations of
portfolios and work artifacts. (I wonder how a technical communicator whose
work is done exclusively with proprietary or classified documentation can
obtain such certification.)

Many believe, as do I, that a standards-based approach is much more
measurable or quantifiable.

Of course, one of the benefits to the Society from a professional
certification institute would be financial. If, that is, the institute or
the Society attain respect and recognition as an authoritative voice.


Donald H. White
James River Technical Communications
dwhite -at- jrtcllc -dot- com


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