RE: STC certification program

Subject: RE: STC certification program
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:31:49 -0400

I think it might be useful for a new TW just starting out.

As for the rest of us: Please let me know the first time you hear of an
experienced TW losing the competition for a new job to an equally
qualified TW with an STC certification. I don't think this scenario is
impossible, but I sure wouldn't toss money in the trash like that till
it's happened a few times.

-----Original Message-----
From: Porrello, Leonard
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:24 PM
Subject: STC certification program

Has anyone noticed that STC's apparently has a new certification program
( For info about
certification requirements, see the "candidate instructions."

I know that there have been several discussion on techwr-l, over the
years, about certification, but now that the STC is actually offering
it, I'd like to know what people think about this specific scheme. I
have several questions and reservations. Among other things, it seems
pricy to me. The prices below are for charter applicants, STC members,
and non-members (in that order):
Application: $99, $99, $125
Assessment: $495, $595, $695
Maintenance (yearly fee): $49, $49, $69
Recertification (after 3 years): No charge, No charge, No charge

The thing that seems most odd to me is the yearly maintenance fee. Is
this normal? What value do I get from it? Is it just a way to defer the
cost of recertification? If so, why is recertification needed after
three years? Why not two years or five years?

On one hand, I hear "certification" and I think, "excellent, something
that I can use to set myself apart from unqualified and under-qualified
hacks." On the other hand, being skeptical, I suspect that certification
is just a way for the STC to make money and will in actuality add
nothing to the profession or my employability. What does certification
give me that my work history and writing samples do not already provide?
I would be interested in hearing other opinions.

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