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The Society for Technical Communication (STC) and APMG are working together to produce a new certification scheme - Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC)

Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC)

7th October 2015

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) and APMG are working together to produce a new certification scheme - Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC). CPTC is designed to validate the skills, knowledge, and competence of technical communicators as they advance in their professional careers. 

CPTC stems from APMG and STC’s shared desire to provide technical communicators and their employers with assured, high-quality measurement of competence and continuing education options. Within the field of technical communication, CPTC certification equips the individual with objective proof of their competency, enhancing employment opportunities, improving pay, and helping employers make more informed hiring decisions.

APMG and STC are currently developing material for the first level of a three-tier professional certification program: Foundation. Certified Professional Technical Communicator Foundation is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the Technical Communication field. To achieve CPTC Foundation candidates will need to pass an exam that tests their knowledge and understanding of technical communication best practices. The second and third tiers, Practitioner and Expert, will move from knowledge to demonstration of competence through work examples.

Technical Communication Today by Richard Johnson-Sheehan and published by Pearson, alongside STC’s existing body of knowledge, will provide the basis of the CPTC scheme.

STC and APMG plan to make the exam available to public candidates and the Accredited Training Organization (ATO) community—delivered as part of accredited training—in the near future.

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