Certification Discussion at Reg. 5 Conf.

Subject: Certification Discussion at Reg. 5 Conf.
From: LaVonna Funkhouser <lffunkhouser -at- HALNET -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 1995 20:27:05 -0500

Either Misti or Becca wrote in part:

>ARUGH!!! I'm unlikely to get to go to Seattle, and this is a hot topic for
>me: my employer is really pushing certification, but the only things he can
>think of as appropriate for writers is to become certified in the tools we
>use, like Word...

If certification of technical communicators is a hot topic where
you work, then perhaps you would be interested in attending the STC
Region 5 Conference coming up Sept 29 & 30 in Tulsa, OK. One of=20
the sessions will be a discussion led by Larry Kunz, STC's Assistant
to the President for Professional Development.

Here's Larry's summary:
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
STC and Certification: Issues, Answers, and Actions (discussion)

Should there be certification for technical communicators? If so,=20
what form should the certification program take, and who should=20
run it? STC is currently investigating these questions, and we=20
would like all interested members to take part in discussing the=20
pros and cons. The session will cover:

=B7 STC=92s investigations into certification in the past
=B7 Current issues in the profession
=B7 Pros and cons of certification
=B7 STC=92s current investigation
=B7 What we hope to accomplish

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Of course, this is just one of several interesting sessions that
will be presented at the conference.

If you live in AZ, NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, or MS, and you are a member
of STC, you should be on our mailing list to receive a registration
brochure (to be mailed at the end of July). Otherwise, if you are
interested in attending the conference and you want to be on the
mailing list, send a note to Suzanna Laurent and include your
postal address. Her e-mail address is=20
slaurent_at_AIGWHQ -at- mailhost -dot- aig -dot- com -dot-

If you have questions about the upcoming conference, you may
write to me. In general, I'll say that STC regional conferences
are a bargain!

LaVonna
LaVonna F. Funkhouser Immediate Past President, OK Chapter
lffunkhouser -at- halnet -dot- com Program Manager, 1995 Region 5 Conf.=20
technical writer Society for Technical Communication
COREStaff Communication Svcs. =20
=20
My opinions do not officially represent anyone other than me.


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