Certification

The Society for Technical Communication offers a three-tiered professional certification for technical communicators.cptc_foundation-1

  • Foundation Certification is awarded based on knowledge of the field. To achieve the Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Foundation designation, you must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of best practices in technical communication by passing a certification exam.

Advanced levels are:

  • Practitioner Certification is awarded based on mastery of applying best practices and leading others in their use. To achieve the Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Practitioner designation you must demonstrate proof of experience in the field through the evaluation of work products and your knowledge of applied technical communication. [This certification level is still under development.]
  • Expert Certification is awarded based on a set of work products and expert interviews. Technical communicators who achieved the Certified Professional Technical Communicator designation in 2012-2014 have been awarded the Certified Professional Technical Communicator Expert certification. [The process for this certification level is still under development.]

Seneca College is an accredited training organization for delivery of CPTC Foundation courses. We prepare applicants to write the CPTC Foundation exam in specialized 2-day training sessions, and our Technical Communication Program curriculum is aligned with the 9 core competencies required for certification:

Project Planning
Project Analysis
Review and Editing
Written Communication
Visual Communication
Content Development
Content Management
Organizational Design
Production and Delivery

Next training course: September, 2017. Dates TBD.

For more information about upcoming training sessions (open to the public) and the Technical Communication Program, please contact Beth Agnew.

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