This program offering allows students to choose from over 20 different topic areas and to propose a course of study that they may engage in under the guidance and direction of a seasoned Senior Technical Writing Practitioner/Educator Course Administrator. (CA).
This Certificate Program uses a comprehensive text as well as an instructional web site to bring together resources, exercises, activities, assignments, quizzes and deliverables that are geared exclusively towards the art and craft of technical writing.
Overview of Instructional Website
- You will have at your disposal an instructional website that provides supplemental information relative to
the subject area.
- You can choose from a variety of available assignments, activities, exercises.
- Use the criteria established with the CA to perform specific activities tied to our course of study and final deliverable.
- Use the automated quiz generator to test your skill level through each section of the course.
In short, students enrolled in the course take the following steps after enrollment:
- Purchase course textbook and have available for start of class.
- Contact Course Administrator (CA) requesting criteria and information regarding proposed course of study.
- Student compiles course of study and creates a proposal submitted to CA based on criteria, goals and objectives.
- Proposal accepted or student asked to modify.
- Student engages in course of study.
- Mid-point conference with CA via email or voice conference.
- Student presents written progress report.
- Completion date and administrative activities reviewed and acted upon.
- Completion of program.
- Student presents final written report on complete course of study to CA.
- Final Portfolio or project based work submitted for review and grading by CA.
- Certificate Awarded
After completing your course of study you will have gained a well-rounded education allowing you to...
- Perform effective audience and purpose analyses for user-centered documents
- Write specifically to fit your audience needs
- Create powerful technical documents including descriptions, processes, instructions, and reports
- Understand and Apply effectual principles of visual design to your documents
- Develop valuable information plans and content specifications
- Estimate and Manage your documentation projects
Enroll today in this career track workforce education training industry certificate program.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
Depending on the amount of time you devote to the program, it can be completed within 3 months or less. You may take as much time as you need up to 1 full year.
How is the program administered?
The entire program is delivered both online through a Companion Website and a published textbook. The site is available to you 24/7.
Outside of tuition and book fees are there any other costs involved?
A Technical Writing Certificate is granted through an Official Accredited University. This Paper-Based Certificate is granted once you have successfully completed your course of study and your tuition has been paid in full. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Certificate fees apply. This Certificate Course must be completed within the specified time period noted at the time of enrollment; if additional time is needed, extension fees will apply.
What are the advantages of taking this course online?
Always accessible…on demand…single login…easy to manage…work at your own pace…these are just a few of the many advantages.
What about Financing my course of study?
Financing may be available; please contact email@example.com for more information.
Outlook for Technical Writers Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment of technical writers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the need to explain a growing number of electronic and scientific products increases. Job prospects are expected to be good for those with solid writing and communications skills and a technical background.
Employment change. Employment of technical writers is expected to grow 18 percent, or faster than the average for all occupations, from 2010 to 2018. Demand over this decade is expected to increase because of the continuing expansion of scientific and technical information and the growing presence of customer service and Web-based product support networks. Legal, scientific, and technological developments and discoveries will generate demand for people who can interpret technical information for a general audience. Rapid growth and change in the high-technology and electronics industries will result in a greater need for people who can write users' guides, instruction manuals, and training materials in a variety of formats and communicate information clearly to others. This occupation requires workers who are both skilled writers and effective communicators and familiar with a specialized subject area.
Increasing acceptance of interactive media to provide nearly real-time information will create employment opportunities for technical writers because of the need to revise online information. Businesses and organizations are making more material available online often in formats that permit greater scrutiny and comparison of detailed information. The growing amount and complexity of information available on the Web will spur demand for technical writers. Professional, scientific, and technical services firms will continue to grow and should be a good source of new jobs even as the occupation finds acceptance in a broader range of industries, including data processing, hosting, and related services and educational services.
Job prospects. Job prospects, especially for applicants with solid communication and technical skills, are expected to be good. The growing reliance on technologically sophisticated products in the home and the workplace and the increasing complexity of medical or scientific information needed for daily living will create many new job opportunities for technical writers. However, competition will exist for technical writing positions with more desirable companies and for workers who are new to the occupation.
In addition to job openings created by employment growth, some openings will arise as experienced workers retire, transfer to other occupations, or leave the labor force. Also, many freelancers may not earn enough money by freelancing to remain in the occupation, thus generating additional job openings.