CPTC Exam Preparation

Registration now open for January-March 2022 session!

More than 50 attendees to date!

From the APMG website: CPTC validates the skills, knowledge and competence of technical communicators as they advance in their professional careers.

CPTC is a certification scheme developed by APMG on behalf of the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. The Society, with headquarters in the United States, has members in over 40 countries and across all continents.

Benefit from:

  • Objective validation of technical communication competency.
  • Enhanced employment opportunities as you can differentiate yourself from others.
  • Indicates to your existing or potential employer that you are committed to the field of technical communication.

I am an Accredited Trainer for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC™) exam. I’m available through both the Rochester Institute of Technology and individually to provide a 12 hour training course followed by the CPTC exam. I’m also happy to refer you to a fellow trainer if that meets your needs better.

Why Should I Certify?

NEXT COURSE

Virtual CPTC Exam Prep Class, Beginning January 11, 2022

Please join me for an eight-session weekly virtual training course for the STC Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation exam offered through the Rochester Institute of Technology 7:30-9:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesdays for 8 weeks, January 11 through March 1. Note that the course fee includes all eight sessions. There is no per session pricing.

All sessions will be recorded.

In this eight-session weekly 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 https://apmg-international.com/product/cptc, and is proctored remotely. The exam fee is currently ~$260 for STC members, ~$515 for non-members. Attendees have one year to take the exam after purchasing it from APMG. Information about STC membership is at https://www.stc.org/membership/.

Registration

Costs

  • Current RIT student $300 (+$19.89 Eventbrite fee) = $319.90 . If you are an RIT student and would like to register at this rate, please contact ato@rit.edu
  • RIT, Faculty, Staff, or Alumni $500 (+$32.07 Eventbrite fee) = $532.07 (Indicate program and graduation year). If you are an RIT faculty, staff, or alumni and would like to register at this rate, please contact ato@rit.edu
  • Spectrum 2021 conference attendee $500 (+$32.07 Eventbrite fee) = $532.07. If you are a Spectrum 2021 attendee and would like to register at this rate, please contact ato@rit.edu
  • November Early Registration–No RIT Affiliation $700 (+$44.24 Eventbrite fee)= $744.24
  • Regular Registration–No RIT Affiliation $800 (+$50.33 Eventbrite fee)= $850.33

A full refund of registration fees is available though December 10, 2021 only. The refund does not include the Eventbrite fee shown above.

Registrations are transferrable and may be credited towards a future class offering.

Registrants will also receive an invitation to an online CPTC study group hosted on Slack.

Late registration ends on January 11, 2022.

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.

For more information please contact Ben Woelk at ato@rit.edu for more information. This CPTC foundation exam preparatory class is being offered by the Rochester Institute of Technology in conjunction with the STC Rochester Spectrum Conference.

Register today for the January – March 2022 prep class on Zoom through RIT

Course Reviews

I was a student in Ben’s Fall 2021 cohort for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) course. The course is meant to prepare someone to take the CPTC exam, and it certainly did! I am confident I would not have done half as well, or even have passed, if I hadn’t taken Ben’s class. Every class in the 8-week course had material that directly transferred to the exam’s content, plus Ben was humorous, friendly and more than willing to make sure each class member had individualized help. I felt he stayed on topic and was respectful of everyone’s time, while allowing discussion and encouraging participation. If you get the opportunity, I highly recommend Ben Woelk’s CPTC instruction.

-Gen Gilliland

Great course!

Excellent style and put us at ease. Really gave us very useful test taking advice and prep.

One of the best instructors ever. Able to hold my sleepy-ADD mind for a day and a half on a weekend while making me retain info. Kudos!

Ben did a fantastic job running this class! He made it clear from the start that this class complements, does not replace, the text. But I feel I have a better understanding of what to expect on the exam.

Your class gave my prep a TREMENDOUS boost. You were a fantastic teacher, and I got a lot out of each session.

 

CPTC Resources

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Allie Proff and Ben Woelk Resources

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