Re: STC Certification

Subject: Re: STC Certification
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Robert Lauriston" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, "Claire Lundeby" <clairelundeby -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:40:07 -0800

I'd see it as a major negative on a resume.

Hmm; how so? I'd think that the worst that could happen is that a resume reader doesn't know what it means.

but to keep your certificate current you need to take part in various
STC activities or take college courses related to technical writing.

I believe it's pretty standard for certifications to require continuing education. I know for certainty that the PE (professional engineer) license requires you to take (or teach) a certain number of classes every year or two in order to maintain your license/certification.

And I think it a good thing. Just because one is current with technologies and skills when a license/certification is obtained doesn't guarantee that in 10 years anything new has been magically gleaned/learned. So taking courses ensures a minimal level of continued participation in a professional field.

(I do agree that there are many legitimate concerns about this particular certification. And as I said, I am not planning to pursue it. But I do not agree that every aspect of the certification is bogus/sham/whatever. It's not perfect, but it's an important first step to advancing the field of technical communications in a way that's similar to many other professions. And as far as I know, there's no better alternative.)

-Monique
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STC Certification: From: Claire Lundeby
Re: STC Certification: From: Robert Lauriston

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