STC Certification

Subject: STC Certification
From: Larry Landis <lawrence_landis -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 14:03:43 -0700 (PDT)

Yes, it's true that doctors, attorneys, architects (the AIA kind, not information or software), etc. are required to be licensed - but they can be held legally liable for their mistakes or bad judgements. I have 20+ years in documenting mostly software, so when software companies can be held more to account legally for their badly designed and/or functioning programs or products that use software - and therefore, the liability gets passed down to the tech writers involved - then I might get more excited about certification.

Also, it's my experience that many employers haven't even heard of the STC (or don't really care about it), so until the STC improves its general standing in the marketplace, I suspect that an STC certification may not mean as much as we might like.

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