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Do Instructional Designers need Certs?

By ghlbeyerlein ·
Last week, during a meeting, an interesting point was raised: "Should Instructional Designers be required to obtain certificates? If so, which ones?"

The arguments for were:
System Admins have to have them.
Help Desk officials have to have them.
Web designers are being required to have them.
If we're writing the material that they, and other people outside of IT, use for manuals and training, should we be certified as well?

Arguments against:
We can all write.
We have editors.
Transferable skills.

Any comments would be appriciated :).


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by tim In reply to Do Instructional Designer ...

The "arguments against" seem to suggest that instructional design = technical writing. There's a good deal more to design than writing and editing.

The International Board of Standards for Training, Perfoprmance and Instruction has recently revised standard competencies for instructional designers. (disclaimer: I am president of ibstpi)

There is no certification program for designers based on a validated set of competencies. ibstpi will be considering how to create such a certification, probably in partnership with a university or certification organization, much as the Certified Technical Trainer program does. That program is based on our Instructor Competencies.

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I argue for certificates

by pnmiller In reply to Do Instructional Designer ...

The arguements against certifications were very weak indeed. Certainly "we" can all write and yes there are editors - but we are talking Instructional Designers here - not transcribers (usually referred to as Tech Writers).

Certifications are the documentation that you have, at minimum, the basic knowledge of the subject matter. Are you saying that you don't need any knowledge to be an Instructional Designer?

If you are designing technical matter any knowledge you can obtain on the subject matter can only assist you in the design.

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