STC introduced the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) program in 2016, and you may be wondering What’s the fuss? Should I or shouldn’t I? Does certification even matter?

Join us on Thursday, February 23, and get answers from members who have experienced the certification process. MaryKay Grueneberg has earned CPTC – Foundation designation, and Chris Hester is an accredited CPTC – Foundation trainer. They’ll take your questions and discuss topics like:

  • How certification is structured
  • How the certification process works
  • What to expect if you go through the program
  • Is certification a fit for experienced technical communicators?
  • What can CPTC do for you and your career?

This is an interactive discussion, so bring your questions!

Register Now!

This meeting includes a dinner with salad and a soft drink. During Registration, you will be able to choose from the following options*:

  • Cheese ravioli
  • Fettuccine Alfredo (with or without chicken)
  • Lasagna Classico
  • Garlic Rosemary Chicken

*a gluten free menu and a cash bar will be available the night of the event



Thursday, February 23

6:00p – 9:00 p.m.


Olive Garden

1211 Butterfield Road

Downers Grove, IL 60515



STC Chicago Members – $10.00

STC Student Members – $10.00

Other STC Members – $15

Non-members – $20.00


About the Speakers

Chris Hester



Chris Hester – Chris is a content strategist, information architect, and technical writer. She is the owner of Red Desk Studio, Inc., a consulting firm for content strategy, knowledge management, and training solutions. She is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication, a Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Foundation level, and an APMG-accredited CPTC-Foundation trainer. 


MaryKay GruenebergMaryKay has been a professional technical communicator for over 30 years. She is a writer and editor and has worked in the software industry for most of her career. She is an Associate Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication and a
Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Foundation level
. She currently is a Sr. User Assistance Developer at SAP.



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