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Technical Writing Certificate

Technical Writing Certificate

As technology and innovations hubs grow across the country, so does the need for skilled technical writers. More so, the ability to provide clear explanations about complex subjects is one of the most in-demand skill sets a communications professional can have today.

This 100% online course will help you master technical writing and build a robust portfolio that showcases this highly marketable skill.

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Job Outlook for Technical Writers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that jobs for technical writers will grow 11% through 2026, which equates to 5,700 additional jobs.

While entry-level technical writers start out around $45,000 per year, the BLS reports that the median annual salary in this profession was $71,850.

Accounts Technical Writer FAQs

What do technical writers do?
Technical writers help keep our technology-driven economy in motion. They provide clear explanations and precise detail about often-complicated subjects to help consumers understand and use products and services around us. More specifically, technical writers may prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, articles, or white papers and other documentation that explains technical information.

What constitutes as technical writing?
According to the Society for Technical Communication, technical communication is any form of messaging that:
· Provides information about complex or specialized topics
· Facilitates or assists communication that uses technology such as web pages, graphics, or computer files
· Provides instruction about anything, whether the topic is technical or not

Do technical writers need a college degree?

Some technical writer positions require a degree, but many writers thrive when they specialize in a particular niche and maintain a writing portfolio. Beyond this, a professional certificate in technical writing proves a writer’s craft and expertise.

What skills does a technical writer need?
To succeed as a technical writer, you will need advanced grammar skills, research methods and practices, a clear and informative writing style and the ability to create various technical documents including reports, memos, white papers, instruction manuals, analyses, executive summaries, and scripts for audio or video.

Course Objectives
Develop any type of communication used to explain complex technical processes. This includes executive summaries, reports, briefs, press releases, and emails. As long as a piece is designed to help others understand technical information, a technical writer is needed.

Our technical writing course will teach you how to:
· Develop effective research methods
· Consider the needs and abilities of the audience
· Know how to incorporate clarity and utility
· Create memos, analyses, and reports

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Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.


Introduction to Technical Communication
Defining technical writing, the technical communication triangle and the seven principles of effective writing

Your Role as a Technical Writer
Introduction to ethics and codes of conduct for technical writers

The Communication Triangle
Principles of communication, establishing common ground and the Communication Triangle

Types of Technical Correspondence
Writing emails, memorandums, and letters; instructional writing and memos; various reporting methods

Seven Principles of Good Writing
Techniques in grammar, structure and syntax; mechanical conventions of strong writing

Writing as a Process
The stages of writing: prewriting, outline, rough draft, editing and revision

Applying the Communication Triangle to the prewriting process; analyzing the rhetorical situation

The research process; using primary and secondary data; documentation and plagiarism

Common organization and writing patterns; factors of the thesis and claims

Rough Draft
Writing the introduction, body and conclusion; voice and tone

Revising & Editing
The revision process and developing a revision statement; editing and self-check

Course Conclusion and summary of lessons

Final essay writing assignment

Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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