Give Me a Clear Thinker (was STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?)

Subject: Give Me a Clear Thinker (was STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?)
From: Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com, TECHWR-L Digest <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:18:53 -0400

Chris Despopoulos posted a long and interesting essay on technical writing as a trade. My understanding is that we're more than a trade because we have a code of ethics. A tradesman will do something stupid if the client demands it ("it's your money"); a professional won't.

Anyway, at the end Chris says:

> I think this finally hits on what bothers me about the certification thing... It tests application within a domain, but where is the test for native ability?

To this I have an answer: we require written commentaries. If you work with beautiful templates and processes and can whip out a company-standard document, but you can't think your way out of a paper bag, we expect to pick that up when evaluating the written commentaries.

-- Steve

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