Re: Re. Certification (sorry, its long)

Subject: Re: Re. Certification (sorry, its long)
From: Sally Derrick <sally -at- RUSHMORE -dot- TIVOLI -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 09:13:48 -0600

I agree 150% with Dan's comments!

Sally Derrick
Tivoli Systems Inc.
sally -at- tivoli -dot- com

Dan Martillotti writes:
> The idea that we as writers need to certify ourselves is useless unless you
> can convince all the hiring managers not to hire a writer unless they are
> certified. And to be honest, I bet most managers are going to say to
> themselves, "Self, why hire a certified tech writer and pay them $45,000
> a year? This writer here has just as good a set of credentials, interviewed
> well, appears to write as well, but isn't certified. I'll bet he'll work for
> less... :-> Won't my boss be happy I saved the company money."

> Remember, certification does not guarantee anything. There are certified
> doctors who are quacks, there are certified lawyers who can't argue a case,
> there are certified mechanics that botch car engines, there
> are certified accounts who can't balance the books...I'm sure there are many
> more that I can't think of right now.

> IMHO, certification will do nothing for the profession of technical writing,
> outside of working for about 5% of the folks and working against about 5% of
> the folks. With such a diverse field (software manuals, reports, medical
> writing, editing, technical marketing, hardware manuals, technical journals,
> web publishers, on-line help writers, etc), how can there be a fair
> process? The only certification we need is our skills.

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