Online CPTC Preparatory Class


Ben Woelk
Past President, Society for Technical Communication


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Online CPTC Preparatory Class

This course is being offered through the Rochester Institute of Technology.

In this eight-session class for certification, we will prepare you for the CPTC Foundation exam. Participants will learn the Nine Core Competency Areas for Technical Communicators that are evaluated by the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation Exam.

  • Project Planning
  • Project Analysis
  • Content Development
  • Organizational Design
  • Written Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Reviewing and Editing
  • Content Management
  • Production and Delivery

The class facilitator, Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC is an accredited CPTC trainer. RIT is an Approved Training Organization.

Please note that the class does not include the exam fee nor provide time to take the exam. The online exam can be booked directly through APMG at, and is proctored remotely. The exam fee is currently ~$260 for STC members, ~$595 for non-members. Attendees have one year to take the exam after purchasing it from APMG. Information about STC membership is at

Registration fee: $850.00 USD

Additional details:
Although not required for the training class, we strongly recommend you study the body of knowledge for the exam, Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Technical Communication Today. Either the 5th or 6th edition is suitable. You can purchase or rent the book through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Registrants will also receive an invitation to an online CPTC study group hosted on Slack.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, OR NEED MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ben Woelk at This CPTC foundation exam preparatory class is being offered through the Rochester Institute of Technology in conjunction with the STC Rochester Spectrum Conference.