Certified Professional Technical Communicator

Foundation Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education units (CEUs) for CPTC Certification are point based. Certificants will have to achieve 12 points over a two-year period from the date of certification to remain current. At the end of the two-year period, point accumulation begins again. If certificants fail to achieve 12 points, the certification will be considered lapsed until CEUs are made current. If certificants fail to become current and required CEUs total 24 or more (4 years’ worth) then their certification is considered invalid and they must retake the Foundation exam. There will be no annual maintenance fee for Foundation certification. All CEU information should be collected by the certificant and emailed to STC at certification@nullstc.org

Continuing Education Points may be obtained the following ways:

Educational Event Points
STC Annual Membership (any type for Foundation certificants) 2
STC Recorded Webinar (self-study) 1
STC Live Educational Webinar (free, sponsored, and community webinars excluded) 2
STC Online Courses 6
STC Summit Pre-Conference Courses (full day) 6
STC Summit Pre-Conference Courses (half day) 3
STC Summit Playback 2
STC Annual Summit 8
Begin and complete a college accredited course related to the Technical Communication field* 8 points per 3 college credit course

(* to be adjudicated by STC staff once a transcript is sent in)

Published articles that relate to any aspect of Technical Communication (2 CEUs per article)

Contributions to journals, magazines, or newsletters for a professional organization or association (e.g., the STC journal Technical Communication, Intercom magazine, and STC chapter newsletters). Provide a soft copy and/or a link to the published article and where and when it was published.

Published books that are publicly available on topics related to Technical Communication (5 CEUs per book)

Published books that are publicly available on topics related to Technical Communication. Provide a soft copy and/or a link to the book, details of the book (ISBN, title, publisher, and publication date).

Presentations related to any aspect of Technical Communication at conferences (2 CEUs per presentation)

Presentation at a professional organization or commercial company or nonprofit organization conference, symposia, seminar, meeting, lecture, or workshop. Provide a soft copy and/or a link to the presentation and state where and when it was presented.

All CEU information should be collected by the certificant and emailed to STC at certification@nullstc.org.

Please refer back to this Web page. More information on the test process, registration, and continuing education requirements will be posted. STC appreciates your understanding and continued support as we work to improve this important program.

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