Certificate in Professional Technical Writing

Communicate Clearly on a Wide Range of Technical Subjects

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Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $2,997

Next start date

September 28, 2016

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About this Program


Technical communication today goes beyond writing traditional software documentation to include diverse Web content, white papers and scientific publications, plus elements related to design and production. Technical writers are expected to bring both broad and deep knowledge, and skilled workers are in high demand.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll cover all the fundamental concepts and practical applications of technical writing. You’ll learn about the styles, formats and requirements for different kinds of technical communication and how to adapt for each. Become a well-trained, confident technical writer who can hit the ground running in a variety of organizational roles.

DESIGNED FOR

Professionals with some writing background who want to develop their technical writing abilities.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Principles of information design, software user assistance, editing conventions, usability testing, layout concepts and publication formats
  • Standard practices and methods for producing scientific, regulatory and technical materials targeted at a variety of audiences
  • The role of style and structure in technical communication

GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

  • Complete in-class projects and peer workshops
  • Produce a document development plan and final document for your portfolio

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats

Classroom

Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Blended

Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program

Online

Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program