Re: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Certifications
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:25:12 -0700

For technical writing, testing should include various versions of grammar, composition, and word usage, paired with writing for the audience. Technical writing certification should not include specific technologies but should include various tests of ability to interpret and translate various technologies into something the audience will understand. The actual understanding of various technologies will come from education and work experience.

My technical writing education was over 25 years ago and for my "test" of ability, I wrote instructions on how to make balloon animals. Technical writing education has evolved since then and it should include teaching students how to demonstrate the ability to document the familiar and to learn the unfamiliar and document that.


On 10/19/2016 5:50 PM, William Sherman wrote:

This idea of certification comes up every so often, and has some merit. After all, anyone can say they are a technical writer, but how does the hiring company really know? The certificate sounds like the answer.

But for a certificate to be good, it isn't enough to attend a class, or even a dozen, you need to test out to prove yourself.
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