Re: STC Certification

Subject: Re: STC Certification
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:38:22 -0500

Technical Author is Britspeak for Technical Writer. A Technical Author's car runs on petrol and has a boot and a bonnet.

The Technical Author also follows the Highway Code:

On Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:22:02 -0500, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:

One page says:

"If you are a Technical Author, a technical Content Strategist, Information Designer, Publication Manager, Documentation Manager, Information Developer, Technical Illustrator or Translator, the ISTC is the professional association that can help you through your career."

Another says:

"ISTC members are technical authors, technical illustrators, scientific writers, instructional designers, business writers, information architects, technical trainers, documentation managersâ In fact, anyone with an interest in communicating complex information clearly."

Nope. Nothing about technical writers. Looks like TECHWR-L is the last bastion!
From: David Farbey
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: STC Certification

As a footnote to the discussion of STC Certification, you may want to have a look at the approach that the UK's professional association for technical writers, the ISTC, has to education and professional development, by way of contrast:

You should be aware that becoming a full member of the ISTC is restricted to those who are considered to have sufficient experience and/or qualifications. New entrants to the profession or those otherwise interested in the profession may join as Junior or Associate members (see
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