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A Monumental Day Dawns for Technical Communicators: Certification!

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) announced today that certification for the technical communication field has been approved. Within the next year, technical communicators will be able to attain certification in their profession.

STC (2010). Articles>Certification>TC>STC

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Certification - Why We Need to Begin    (PDF)

I believe certification of technical communicators is unavoidable, given the current status of related professions and our technological environment. Either the STC develops a certification program, or someone else will do it.

Rosenberg, Nad. Intercom (2008). Articles>Certification>TC>Professionalism

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Defining a Body of Knowledge

STC has meant a lot to my professional growth over the past 20+ years as a teacher and practitioner of technical communication, and I want to help STC expand its educational mission for all technical communicators. It is time our profession had a defined body of knowledge. Why?

Hart, Hillary. STC WDC Blog (2009). Articles>Certification>TC>Body of Knowledge

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#35874

The Importance of Localization Education: Goals of the Localization Certification Program

Over 230 countries, 6,700 languages, 147 currencies, 24 time zones — the Web allows companies to traverse these barriers and reach consumers worldwide.

Singh, Nitish. GALAxy Newsletter (2007). Articles>Certification>Education>Localization

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Why Certification by the STC Won’t Work

The virtues of certification cannot be ignored, but they are outweighed by the drawbacks: There’s no evidence that employers will value certification; it can be highly subjective; and it requires ongoing renewal, even for experienced practitioners, to avoid diluting its value. The more important task must be to demonstrate our value to employers. Only once they understand our value will certification provide a means to assure employers that they can expect to receive that value.

Hart, Geoffrey J.S. Intercom (2008). Articles>Certification>TC>Professionalism

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