Course Name
Certificate in Technical Writing for Current Technical Writers

Contact Hours: 90

Course Description

This program has been developed for those already in the field or those in the downsized IT industry. The Certificate in Technical Writing program is Instructor-Led, meaning you learn from highly qualified industry practitioners and tech writing faculty. Now in its 25th year, our program has been designed for those who want to enhance existing careers in technical writing or move in a new direction within the corporate workplace.

The program is designed for:

  • Those who aspire to develop their technical language and communication skills

  • Those who need to update their knowledge and skills

  • Those who need preparation for teaching professional communication

  • Those who must prepare and deliver training for their companies

  • Those who aspire to advance in documentation and other technical communication positions

  • Those who seek a verifiable Certificate Credential from an accredited university


General Questions

Do the instructors provide feedback? Instructors provide extensive feedback on each assignment. Some assignments are posted on web pages, others are delivered through Learning Management Delivery Platforms.

What credits do you receive by completing this course? These are CEU credits (Continuing Education Credit). They do not transfer to a "for-credit" institution. However, you can expect to take these online courses under stringent guidelines to gain a high quality educational and learning experience. Earning a valid Technical Writing Certificate will help you advance your career and increase your salary in the workplace.

Is any software to be installed? There is no software to be installed.

Do I need to submit a transcript to enroll in the Certificate Program? No, you do not.

What happens once I register? Once you register e-mail notification will be sent to your instructor and also to you. Course of study begins shortly thereafter.

When you say self-paced, do you mean that there are no deadlines on assignments or that you can start assignments when you wish to? You must complete your work within the 5-6 weeks of the allotted time period unless other arrangements are made between you and your instructor. Your assignments can be handled on a rather open-ended deadline. The Tech writing faculty will often work with a student to accommodate their requests for extensions.

How much time should I devote to study, assignments and projects? Individual learning behaviors and workloads can vary. We think about 5 hours minimum per week should be devoted to the Certificate course of study.

I am interested in taking the Certificate in Technical Writing. Must I sign up for all three courses at the same time?  No, you can take them one at a time.

Are there textbooks that I need to buy for any of the courses? There are no additional textbook purchases required for this course of study.

Upon successful completion of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Analyze audiences and purposes for various technical documents and write effective technical documents by incorporating editorial changes and user feedback

  • Correct instances of improper usage, eliminate trite and redundant phrases, so you can write clear and precise sentences

  • Apply sound formatting principles to the design and layout of documents and insert eye-catching graphics, charts, and tables that illustrate key points

  • Create information plans and content specifications and implement publications projects

  • Manage production processes and evaluate project successes and failures


This Certificate Course must be completed within the specified time period noted at the time of enrollment. Extension fees are applicable beyond the end date if additional time is needed; reach out to for more information.  Upon successful completion of this course, you may apply for a paper-based certificate from one of our Accredited University Partners by writing to Certificate fees apply.

Please note: Course of study may be completed earlier than indicated. Also, JER Online provides top-tier Technical Writing programs that adhere to academic guidelines. All assignments turned in by students are to be their own work with proper references cited. Any form of plagiarism noted will result in immediate course termination and failure.

Individual Course Descriptions
Advanced Technical Writing
Intermediate Technical Writing
Technical Communication, an Introduction for Current Technical Writers, Editors and Designers

The courses that comprise this program are:
  1. Introduction to Technical Writing For Technical Writers.
  2. Intermediate Technical Writing.  
  3. Advanced Technical Writing.

See these individual courses listed for Outcome Details.


See Inidividual Course Descriptions.

See Individual Course Descriptions.