Northeastern University Grants Graduate Credits for Completion of CPTC Program

Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies recently approved STC’s Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation certification for transfer credits toward its Master of Science degree in Technical Communication.

“The CPTC Foundation level exam lets professional technical communicators demonstrate their mastery of foundation-level technical communication topics,” said Julia Cho, faculty member of the program. “Our industry-aligned curriculum has always been committed to the life-long learner, and we recognize the knowledge and skills that pursuing this certification represents. This certification aligns to our program’s learning outcomes for our students, in addition to showing dedication to the technical communication profession.”

The CPTC Foundation certification covers nine core skill areas in technical communication that are considered essential knowledge in the field. For the Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Foundation designation, applicants will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of best practices in technical communication by passing an exam. The next level of the certification program–Practitioner–is under development, and will focus on the application of best practices, as well as leading others in their use.

“Having Northeastern University accept the CPTC certification for credit in their Master’s program is exciting news for the technical communication community” said Liz Pohland, STC’s CEO.  “Our goal is to increase the recognition and attraction of the technical communications profession.  Attaining the CPTC certification is a great demonstration of a professional’s commitment to his or her career.  We are delighted that Northeastern University has recognized the CPTC in this way.”

The CPTC certification exam is offered by trainers and organizations that have been approved by the Society for Technical Communication and accredited by APMG International, a leading accreditation and certification organization.  More information can be found on the degree program’s website as well as at the STC’s site, or by emailing

To view Northeastern’s press release, click here.

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