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 14:13:12 -0400

Awfully sorry to hear that you've been treated like a "glorified
secretary." I've never had that problem as a TW, but I understand that
it does happen.

That said, I'm fascinated by the comparison between a medical degree and
a certificate from STC (whose motivation in this case is its financial

-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Stokes
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 1:58 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: STC certification program

I'm astounded at the skepticism here. Professional certification is good
for everybody. It protects consumers and it confers both recognition and
higher wages on practitioners.

Of course, that depends on the certification being both valid and widely
recognized. The STC and other worldwide TC bodies (like the UK's 'ISTC',
which I belong to) are responsible for the first; we, as practitioners,
are largely responsible for the second.

It's the lack of this kind of professional qualification that kills
credibility for TCs among many employers and keeps us under the thumb as
little more than "glorified secretaries." Doctors were largely
considered as quacks and taken on merit till they got professional
certification. Now look at them. ;)

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