Should I sign up for TermNet’s certification for Terminology Managers?

Since I started this blog, I have received quite a few inquiries about whether to take the certification and, if yes, which of the two, basic or advanced, courses to take. Considering that the new editions of these courses start this February, I thought this post would be appropriate. Even if you can’t take the certification right now, I hope this will give you a better idea of what it is all about.

To answer the first question, I have to refer to my recent post in which I recommend translators to get certified to enhance their resumes. In my opinion, even if you don’t think you need it, I would encourage you to get at least more involved or informed. I know that you possibly don’t have the financial capacity to do it now, but keep it in your wish list. I know you won’t regret it.

To answer the second question, whether basic or advanced, I’d say that if you have experience in terminology, definitively you can take the Advanced. But in my case I knew about terminology but not enough, so I took the Basic course. Actually, this blog would not exist if it wasn’t for the certification that I took. My posts refer to most of the topics that the certification deals with.

I want to go over the list, but before that, take a look at both programs here: The Basic and the Advanced. As you will notice, some of the topics of the Basic are also covered in the Advanced. For example, “How to present the business case for terminology” and “How to calculate and argue costs & return on investments”. This means that if you don’t take the Basic, they will still be covering some topics from the Basic and expanding on them.

So, going back to the topics covered, once you have checked the basic and the advanced programs, you can also read my blog posts that cover some of the subjects covered in both certifications. I am listing here some of their topics and giving you the link to my related post.


What is Terminology? Three different meanings. Also read the differences between “Terminology, Terminography, Lexicology, Lexicography” “Deconstructing Designations: Term, Appelation, Symbol”, “The Semantic Triangle: Words don’t mean, People mean”.

How to search and collect terminology. My post on trustworthiness of websites during term search covers some of this.

How to coin terms? I have a post with exactly that name which talks about neologisms and four methods to coin a term.

How to manage terminology projects? Great emphasis on this topic during both levels. I have a section of terminology projects. In real life, this would be most useful for terminologists who work in larger projects, but still important even if you only manage your own terminology. My section covers quite a few of the topics and I still need to write some more, but it includes nine important subjects on project management based on the topics covered in both levels, so I think they will be helpful. You can also check my section “Resources on Project Management” which I have collected from a couple of online courses I took. If you take the certification this will be very useful to better understand the concepts.

How to present the business case for terminology? A topic covered in both the basic and the advanced.

How to calculate and argue costs & return on investments? Also covered in both levels.

How to involve relevant stakeholders? This is covered in my project management section.


Terminology Theory. I created a Power Point summarizing all the theories on terminology: Terminology Theory in Easy-to-Swallow Pills.

Termbases: I have a few posts on this. “A termbase—what you should know” “A termbase—is not about the terms”, “My termbase cheat sheet”, “Sample termbases”, “How to handle definitions in termbases

Terminology extraction (methods and tools). My list of terminology extraction tools.

Terminology and Standards. My mini refresher course on terminology standards gives all the info you need. Also related “ISO standards on terminology” and “ISO 12616 Translation-Oriented Terminography”.

Terminology and Copyright. My post “A Resource Guide to Terminology and Copyright (US-EU) provides useful resources.

If you want to be fully prepared for either course, check out Terminology 101 that covers more topics and includes my basic course (a collection of posts on basic terminology topics). Also, make sure you check all the resources provided at the end of every post to learn more about a topic.

At the end of every course, basic and advanced, you need to present a terminology project that you have worked on, are working on, or are planning to work on. This is mandatory and will allow you to take the final exam that, if the rules are still the same, takes up to 6 hours to complete online. It’s very exhausting but if you have “done your homework” you just need to concentrate, be patient, and have your coffee pot at hand.

I will place this in my cloud tags under “certification” so that you have easy access for future reference. And I am also available to answer questions. I am not representing TermNet, by the way, so I can give you basic information but for more detailed info you will need to contact them (email:

By the way, if you didn’t know, TermNet just began offering a terminology certification in Engineering. For more info on program and fees click here.

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