I’ve read elsewhere that technical writers ought to get some other certifications under their belt – if only to show that they can learn many different things. It’s also great to show their expertise in something other than writing.
I know some writers who get certifications in the software they use – so they can show their expertise in the programs that we use. Or a general Microsoft certification – I know some writers who opted for that large certification. That’s great for some people, but I find that I use whatever method I can to get the job done – and it doesn’t always coincide with the “official” method, so I’d flunk the exam.
I also know some writers who get certified in their career area. It’s wherever they have landed and would like to stay – be it finance, HVAC, automotive, biotechnology, or whatever. Again, that’s great for people who want to remain in one area and specialize in it. I tend to go to wherever I can get a job, so I haven’t specialized in anything. I’m one of those people who know a little about a lot of things, and I like it that way.
I’m currently going for my CAPM certification – it’s like the PMP (Project Management certification) without the people experience. Granted, it’s an entry-level certification, but I figure – no better place to start than the bottom! And project management is something you can take wherever you go – no matter what area you decide to land in. I’ll keep you posted on how I do!
I’m wondering what certifications you think are necessary or desired? As usual, comments and opinions are always welcome!