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I would agree that programming and web programming (HTML/CSS/JS) is most
relevant to a tech writer track. HTML/CSS and to a lesser extent JS are the
3 I use most day-to-day. As far as I know, there aren't really
certifications available for this stuff. Only options I would see to
formalize your knowledge of these are college courses (expensive and time
consuming) or building a portfolio of your own sites and apps (not
necessarily relevant to a technical writing career, although I have seen
one job ask for a GitHub portfolio for API documentation).
On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> Excellent advice. If I were hiring, experience with HTML, CSS,
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:12 AM, Daniel Friedman
> <daniel -dot- friedman42 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > ... Someone starting out would probably be better served spending their
> > building portfolio pieces through school or by volunteering time to a
> > non-profit or open-source projects on github.
> > If certification was to be pursued, it might be better to go for certs in
> > specific subject-domains relevant to the industries that you are trying
> > break into. For example, in IT it would show a good baseline of knowledge
> > to get the COMPTIA A+ or the entry level Microsoft MCSE: Desktop
> > Infastructure cert. I am not familiar with other industries, but I am
> > there are similar courses/certifications for
> > healthcare/finance/government/etc.
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