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
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,087

Next start date:

September 2018

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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.

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DESIGNED FOR

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

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Video Overview

Joseph Welinske, an instructor for the Certificate in Professional Technical Writing, explains how this program helps communications professionals advance their careers.

Duration: 02:02

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Principles of visual and user-centered design, software user assistance, editing conventions, usability testing, layout concepts and publication formats
  • The role of style and structure in technical communication
  • Design techniques for different document types
  • How to use industry-standard software tools and systems

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.

Learning Format

Classroom

Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Program Sessions

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