RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler

Subject: RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler
From: "Jason A. Czekalski" <topsidefarm -at- mva -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 05:59:08 -0400

>From: "Sharon Burton" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
>I see both sides of this argument, but I also see project managers have
>gotten more respect since PMI has started certifying. If you are a project
>manager and don't have a PMI cert, you're not taken seriously. And employers
>have a better sense of the baseline of what you know with that cert.

And I have had to do plenty of hand-holding for "certified" PMs. They
have the cet, and the big paycheck, but I or someone else has to do
their job for them. I have had the same experience with Certified
Quality Engineers when I worked in Quality. This latter situation really
bugged me because I couldn't qualify for the cert by reason of never
having held the title. My Quality Technician job description actually
included everything the Sociesty for Quality calls for in a CQE. In
addition, I met every other requirement. However, I never held the job
title, so I could not get the cert. Without the cert, it is almost
imposible to get that first job, to get the job title, so you can get
the cert. This also goes on with PMs, though not as extreme. This is the
Catch-22 situation I see happening with a TW cert. It is going to be
used to control access to the profession.

Also, someone said to look at the archives because it is writers driving
this not the STC. Well I did look. It's a writer's issue, all right.
However, one should take careful note of the fact that almost everybody
that supports it is an STC member. Those that oppose it generally tend
not to be STC members. Since any organization is the sum of its members,
the STC is driving this. As such, I'll fall back to my first response
that this is about monoplization, not quality improvement.

Jason A. Czekalski


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