RE: TW certification, why not a test? Was, RE: Back on the air

Subject: RE: TW certification, why not a test? Was, RE: Back on the air
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: 'Gene Kim-Eng' <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:02:32 +0000

You think it would take as much time for an experienced assessor to score the same test taken by many people as it would to evaluate the same number of unique portfolios?

From: Gene Kim-Eng [mailto:techwr -at- genek -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2011 8:44 AM
To: Porrello, Leonard
Cc: Steven Jong; TECHWR-L Digest
Subject: Re: TW certification, why not a test? Was, RE: Back on the air

I can't imagine how the cost to run a program like that would be less than having a panel of presumed veterans evaluating applicants' submitted examples. And, of course, there would be about as much consensus about what tests to require as there is about how to evaluate applicants' bodies of work,

Gene Kim-Eng

On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 7:12 AM, Porrello, Leonard <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com<mailto:lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>> wrote:
I do have one more question that I think you may have missed (or to which I missed your answer). Why didn't the STC go with a board or bar exam type test? Might they do so in the future? Would the STC consider a test option for people who have already competed a TW degree or certificate?

Such a test could arguably be just as discriminating as the current scheme, but it would require less time of candidates and cost less (for the STC and, therefore, candidates). The lower cost in terms of time and money would make it more appealing to a greater number of TWs, and that in turn would result in more revenue for the STC.
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References:
Back on the air: From: Steven Jong
TW certification, why not a test? Was, RE: Back on the air: From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: TW certification, why not a test? Was, RE: Back on the air: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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