Re: Technical writing as a trade

Subject: Re: Technical writing as a trade
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:37:32 -0700

I don''t see the issue as "can or can't," but rather one of "for what?"

To compare with the PE license (since it's the other certification process
with which I am most familiar), is a "certified technical writer" like a
Professional Engineer? If so, how can we have a single certification
compared to the PE, which is specialized by discipline (mechanical,
electrical, chemical, civil, etc. engineering)?

Or is being a "certified technical writer" more like being an Engineer in
Training, which means you've gotten down the basics and are now ready to
learn more in order to become a useful specialist?

Certification needs to tell prospective employers and clients something
they can rely upon to help them select professional that will meet their
requirements, and I'm still not sure I see anything in this version of it
that's going to do me any good as a hiring manager, much less as a writer.
But if it's going to be done they have to start somewhere.

Gene Kim-Eng


On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM, Porrello, Leonard <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>wrote:

> To the contrary, I do think technical writers can be certified.
>
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References:
Re: Technical writing as a trade; was, RE: Give Me a Clear Thinker (was STC certification: what's in it for tech writers?): From: Chris Despopoulos
RE: Technical writing as a trade: From: Porrello, Leonard

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