Training and certification is important for all technical communicators who want to stay relevant, productive and happily employed.
However, when you are choosing a certification or diploma program for yourself, don’t fall for cash-for-diploma schemes.
If you want to read the amazing story of one such scam and that of George Gollin, the physics professor from University of Illinois who made it his mission to bust this crime ring, read the latest (January 2010) issue of the WIRED magazine (“Summa Cum Fraud” by David Wolman).
In his comprehensive expose, Wolman reveals that these “diploma mills” sell about 200,000 fake degrees a year to customers from around the world. And some of those customers are employed even by the U.S. government.
“In 2003 an 2004, the [U.S.] Government Accountability Office surveyed just a handful of agencies and found 463 federal employees with fraudulent degrees.”