RE: Consensus for a Tech Writing Certificate

Subject: RE: Consensus for a Tech Writing Certificate
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:54:50 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Johan Hiemstra
> Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:43 AM
> Subject: RE: Consensus for a Tech Writing Certificate
> ...I understand most of the reasons one can have against such a
> certification, I have several myself, but I think a 'basic TW
> cert' could find its place and help this industry mature
> further...

You've put your finger on it right there. Dick Margulis once wrote:

"... Tech writing isn't an industry. Tech writers work _in_ industries
-- a wide variety of them. Several people on this list have experience
in the medical device industry, scientific equipment industry, computer
hardware industry, machinery industry..."

Yes, we have common skills, but they're often only a subset of the
overall skills required for a particular TW job. In that case, TW
certification would serve neither the employer nor the well-qualified
candidate, but rather the less-qualified candidate who needs to divert
attention from a lack of industry-specific experience.

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