Technical Writing Certificate Program
The classes in the Technical Writing Certificate will help you develop the skills you need to succeed. You will learn how to write and edit users’ guides and manuals; reports; feasibility and usability studies; proposals; online documents; interpretations of engineering and design specifications and more.
The global economy and the continued growth of technology generate an ongoing need for a wide variety of communication materials, and a strong demand for technical writers. The Technical Writing Certificate was developed to provide a professional training resource for anyone interested in entering this field. A career in technical writing could be just what you’ve been looking for, if you have:
Give your career a boost by developing a versatile set of writing skills—and earn a university certificate to prove your achievement.
The Technical Writing Certificate program will provide you with best practices for creating clear, compelling technical documents.Welcome to the Certified Technical Writing Specialist (CTWS) website, which was developed by the Certification Testing Service (CTS). CTS through its CTWS certification provides support services, educational programs, public outreach and professional credentialing for the technical writing profession. The mission of the CTWS technical writing certification is to serve both the interests of the technical writing profession as well as that of the public.MCC's Technical Writing Certificate program provides students with the skills and tools to clearly and accurately inform users about technical information. In this 120-hour (two semester) post graduate, non-credit certificate program, students will learn how to conduct audience and task analysis, work with subject matter experts, understand product documents and the product-development cycle, write clear procedures, review and revise technical information, manage projects and make content usable. Also covered are HTML and XML and tools for authoring information for electronic and print distribution (Adobe FrameMaker 10, RoboHelp). Through lecture, online learning, and projects, students will create a portfolio featuring samples of their work.
Technology Requirement: Solid MS Windows and MS Word skills, and access to a MS Windows Operating System are required. Technical skills such as FrameMaker, RoboHelp, DITA, and HTML will be learned in class but it is helpful to have prior HTML or coding background. Students must have an aptitude for learning new technology. The practice of technical writing is simply and most broadly the profession of communicating technical information in easily understandable language. Technical writing certification assures the public, institutions, and employers that a technical writer meets a measurable, comparable and third-party-verified standard of professional expertise.The field of technical writing is broad in scope, making the technical writing certification process particularly important as a consistent standard of work quality. For example, technical writers prepare operating and maintenance manuals, catalogs, parts lists, assembly instructions, sales promotion materials, and project proposals. Many technical writers work with engineers on technical subject matters to prepare written interpretations of engineering and design specifications and other information for a general readership. Technical writers may also serve as part of a team conducting usability studies to help improve the design of a product that is still in the prototype stage of design. They plan and edit technical materials and oversee the preparation of illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and charts.The primary goal of the certificate programs is to enhance the writing proficiency of business and science students in order to increase their eligibility for employment in professions that require advanced writing competency. Any student working toward the Business & Technical Writing minor is eligible to receive either the Professional Writing Certificate or the Technical Writing Certificate upon completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or above.