Re: Certification

Subject: Re: Certification
From: Lee Brasseur <lbrasseu -at- RS6000 -dot- CMP -dot- ILSTU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 1994 14:38:36 -0800

>George Klima writes:

Are there any efforts to set up a certification of
>technical writers?

>By "certification", I mean the process of granting
>a certificate of technical competence.

I received a mailing in September from the Educational Testing Service
asking my involvement (and my students') in the testing of a new
examination called Technical Writing. Sections included (1) theory and
practice, (2) purpose, content, and organizational patterns, (3) elements
of technical reports and (4) technical editing.

I did not participate for a couple of reasons. First, I have a real problem
with quantifying writing ability. Writing--good writing--involves skills
and ways of thinking that can in no way be adequately measured by such a
test. And is there a hidden pejorative in assuming that TECHNICAL writing
can be quantified? Second, the materials came too late to work into my
curriculum--even as a short sample test.

(Also, sorry for inadvertently sending a private message on the list
recently (re: a hard drive.) I did not mean to post it to this list.


Lee Brasseur
Assistant Professor
4240 Department of English
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61761-6901

lbrasseu -at- ilstu -dot- edu
(309) 438-7240 (voice)
(309) 438-5414 FAX

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