Certificate in Professional Technical Writing

Communicate Clearly on a Wide Range of Technical Subjects

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 7 - 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,975

Next start date:

April 2, 2024

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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 professionals 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. Become a well-trained, confident technical writer who can hit the ground running in a variety of organizational roles.

▸ Related Article: How to Become a Technical Writer

DESIGNED FOR

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

Those with less writing experience might consider the Business Writing: Reports, Proposals & Documents course. For experienced writers who want to specialize, we offer the Specialization in Medical Writing and the Specialization in API Documentation. See all related programs.

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Video Overview

Hear from Carl Chatfield, instructor in the Professional Technical Writing certificate program. Find out how the program helps to set up graduates for a career in the field.

Duration: 02:35

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • The 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

Produce a document development plan and a variety of work samples for your portfolio.

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EARN DIGITAL BADGES

You can earn a digital achievement badge for successfully completing this certificate program, as well as a separate badge for each course. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats

19%

Projected job growth for technical writers in Washington state (2020–2030)

$80,111

Average salary for technical writers in Washington state

Source: O*NET OnLine

OUR ENROLLMENT COACHES ARE HERE TO HELP

Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

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

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via video conferencing or chat, both in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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