Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Practitioner – Level II

The Practitioner Level Certification (Level II) is designed for mid-level professionals, measuring candidates’ mastery of applying best practices and current knowledge in the field as well as the ability to analyze complex problems and devise best practices and solutions.  Practitioner level requires successful completion of the Foundation level certification exam and proof that certification has been kept up to date.  While not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least two to five years of professional study and/or work experience.

The successful candidate should be able to understand and apply technical communication concepts, guidelines, and processes, to offer relevant insights and ideas that can aid decision making.

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About the Exam

Exam Format:

  • 100 minutes
  • 16 multiple-choice questions (80 marks)
  • 70% score to pass
  • Scenario-based, with supplements
  • Four parts based on specialized areas
    • Project Planning & Analysis
    • Visual Communication
    • Content Development & Organization
    • Writing and Editing Strategies

Registration Fee and Scheduling Your Exam:

  • $418 USD for current STC members
  • $710 USD for nonmembers

Your exam fees will be processed in GBP (Great Britain Pounds). This cost may be translated into other currencies such as the Euro at the rate applicable at the time. There is currently no discounted pricing for less-developed areas of the world.  If you do not pass the exam you will have to register again, and pay the full exam fee to retake the exam. The Foundation level has no educational attainment or work experience requirement to sit the exam.

Candidates register to take the exam through APMG and have one year from payment to sit the exam. https://apmg-international.com/product/cptc

Once an applicant passes the test, he/she will be issued a certificate and entered into the STC certification database. Certificant's names will also appear on the STC and APMG websites under a list of current, certified practitioners.

Study Materials

The primary textbook used for the Practitioner exam is Richard Johnson-Sheehan’s Technical Communication Today, Sixth Edition.  The Fifth Edition is also an acceptable alternate to use for study.  The book is available in both print and electronic companies from major booksellers, or the publisher, Pearson Education.

In addition to the primary textbook, these other useful study resources are available to candidates:

Candidates should also review the sample test on the APMG site. You will select CPTC Practitioner from the drop down list.

Accredited Training Organizations

STC partners with a U.K.-based firm, APMG International, that specializes in professional certification administration, following ISO 9001 standards. The test is available online from APMG or through training organizations authorized by APMG. These trainers will combine a training session or sessions with the administration of the Foundation exam. If you or your organization are interested in knowing more about the requirements to be an authorized trainer, please contact Jennifer Hepler APMG Business Development Manager, at jennifer.hepler@apmg-international.com.

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education units (CEUs) for CPTC Certification are point-based. Certifications will be in good standing if a technical communicator keeps current with continuing education requirements by achieving 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.


Contact certification@stc.org if you have questions.

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