STC first discussed certification at the Annual Conference in San Diego—in 1964. We’ve discussed it, on and off, ever since, mainly because many people felt it was impossible to certify technical communicators. Well, thanks to the selfless efforts of a dedicated team that was my privilege to work with, I was pleased to announce at the opening session of the STC Summit in Sacramento that the STC certification program is open for business. As Walt Disney said, it’s kind of fun to do the impossible!
Please keep in mind that for all the time and effort it’s taken to reach this goal, this is just a starting point. Nothing is going to change overnight. But I truly believe that certification will be transformational, for the profession, for its practitioners, and for our society.
We will be posting details to the certification page on STC.org as soon as we can. If you’re reading this and want to know more before then, drop me a line.