Responding to the STC's Nine Areas of Competency in Technical Communication

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In this session, we discuss the “Nine Areas of Competency” that form the core of the Society for Technical Communicators certification program. We discuss how Technical Communication Today responds to those nine areas, and the expectations for the book in the future.

Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Purdue University

In 2015, the Society for Technical Communicators (STC) launched their Certified Professional Technical Communicator program. Longtime members of this organization know that this kind of certification program is something we have wanted for years. Now, it’s a reality. The STC has chosen Technical Communication Today, 5e as the core text for the “Foundation” level certification. In this talk, Richard Johnson-Sheehan, author of Technical Communication Today, will discuss the “Nine Areas of Competency” that form the core of the STC’s certification program. He will discuss how Technical Communication Today responds to those nine areas now and how he expects the book to respond to them in the future.

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