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L>Then, of course, there are ancillary issues -- at least one of
L>which is very important to STC: Should the Society restructure
L>its membership categories and/or change the qualifications for
No. I think membership should be open to anyone who is interested enough
to join it. It's not like people join for the status symbol it
represents. <g> I think determining credibility and such is the role of
certification, not membership.
L>- Someone mentioned that certification might lead to government
L> control of our profession. But I think certification might actually
L> be a way to forestall government intervention. By certifying, we
L> (as a profession) might be able to persuade the gummint that their
L> involvement isn't necessary, that we already have a self-regulating
L> process in place.
I agree here, although I think the government would be most likely to
regulate what goes into manuals, not who writes them. For example,
requiring that Warning 100058697 goes with any possible electrical shock
L>- Arlen: I pay my own STC dues. And I think a great many of my
L> colleagues -- including all those who are self-employed -- do too.
I've paid my own dues at two companies where I've worked full time and
now pay them as a freelancer. It's well worth the money.
barb -dot- philbrick -at- pcohio -dot- com
* CMPQwk 1.4 #9107 * A pile for everything, and everything in its pile.