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Umm, not to offend anyone, but probably every existing STC member would be
"grandfathered" in as a Certified Technical Writer ... So those who cannot
"write their way out of a paper bag" would also be CTW's.
Along with certification, would there be, or is there, a Technical
Communicators "Code of Ethics"? Just thinking that other "professional"
organizations are usually famous for having a code of ethics that members are
expected to follow ...
BTW, does anybody else think "Children's Television Workshop" when they see CTW
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Kat Nagel (katnagel -at- eznet -dot- net) writes:
STC is a great organization, but all that's required for
membership is a filled-in application form and a check. That
ain't certification for anything, by anybody's standards.
Amen! I know a few check-writers who can't write their way out
of a paper bag. I know an STC local officer who can't write his/her
way out of a paper bag. Would I drop my membership because anyone
can become a member of the group? Nope. OTOH, if my favorite local
office, who can't write his/her way out of a paper bag, ever, in
this life or another life, by some outrageous surreptitious means,
managed to get certified, I could not in good conscience become a
member of the elite certified group. So, be careful STC and others.
If you are going to do this, find a way to ensure its value.
flahertj -at- liebert -dot- com
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