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Advanced Certificate in Technical Writing


Advanced Certificate in Technical Writing

The Advanced Certificate in Technical Writing is born out of the concept that when given choices, adult learners can best choose for themselves a course of study that is applicable to their needs in the workplace. This program offering allows students to choose from over 20 different topic areas and to propose a course of study that they may engage in under the guidance and direction of a seasoned Senior Technical Writing Practitioner/Educator (Course Administrator; CA).

This Certificate Program uses a comprehensive text as well as an instructional web site to bring together resources, exercises, activities, assignments, quizzes and deliverables that are geared exclusively towards the art and craft of technical writing.

Overview of Instructional Website

  • You will have at your disposal an instructional website that provides supplemental information relative to
    the subject area.
  • You can choose from a variety of available assignments, activities, exercises.
  • Use the criteria established with the CA to perform specific activities tied to our course of study and final deliverable.
  • Use the automated quiz generator to test your skill level through each section of the course.

In short, students enrolled in the course take the following steps after enrollment:

Phase 1

  1. Purchase course textbook and have available for start of class.
  2. Contact Course Administrator (CA) requesting criteria and information regarding proposed course of study.
  3. Student compiles course of study and creates a proposal submitted to CA based on criteria, goals and objectives.
  4. Proposal accepted or student asked to modify.
  5. Student engages in course of study.

Phase 2

  1. Mid-point conference with CA via email or voice conference.
  2. Student presents written progress report.
  3. Completion date and administrative activities reviewed and acted upon.

Phase 3

  1. Completion of program.
  2. Student presents final written report on complete course of study to CA.
  3. Final Portfolio or project based work submitted for review and grading by CA.

Phase 4

  1. Certificate Awarded

After completing your course of study you will have gained a well-rounded education allowing you to...

  • Perform effective audience and purpose analyzes for user-centered documents
  • Write specifically to fit your audience needs
  • Create powerful technical documents including descriptions, processes, instructions, and reports
  • Understand and Apply effectual principles of visual design to your documents
  • Develop valuable information plans and content specifications
  • Estimate and Manage your documentation projects

Enroll today in this career track workforce education training industry certificate program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete the course?

Depending on the amount of time you devote to the program, it can be completed within 3 months or less. You may take as much time as you need up to 1 full year.

What happens if I need more time to complete?

1 year is what has been set for completion and retention of what has been communicated in this course. Under certain circumstances and extension will be granted such as work, family or medical conditions. A Continuation Fee of $175.00 is assessed if the request is granted.

How is the program administered?

The entire program is delivered both online through a Companion Website and a published textbook. The site is available to you 24/7.

Are there any required books for the course?

Yes, the book that is used for this course is listed below.

Reporting Technical Information, Oxford University Press, (c) 2006. ISBN 0-19-517879-3 For purchase visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Outside of tuition and book fees are there any other costs involved?

A Technical Writing Certificate is granted through an Official Accredited University. This Paper-Based Certificate is granted once you have successfully completed your course of study and your tuition has been paid in full. The cost for Domestic is $39.00 and $49.00 International.

What are the advantages of taking this course online?

Always accessible...on demand...single login...easy to at your own pace...these are just a few of the many advantages.

What about financing my course of study?

Financing is available. A down payment of $300.00 with low monthly payments is all that is needed to get started.

For an application form click here.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to...

  • Display a solid understanding of the concepts utilized in the technical communication field
  • Write effective and efficient technical documents specific to content areas of your choosing
  • Utilize visual design to enhance your documents and communicate complex data
  • Employ architectural and industry standards to documents
  • Effectively communicate information to specialized target audiences
  • Understand the requirements, organization, and estimation needed for quality management of your documentation projects
  • More effectively deal with difficult tasks and time sentive projects
  • Demonstrate your capabilities in the workplace setting at an advanced level


Evaluation of your performance will be based on...

  • Self-reports of progress made at halfway point and at the end of the course
  • Completed assignments, activities, exercises, readings, reports
  • All other deliverables required by course administrator such as a completed portfolio or final project

Grading in the Advanced Certificate Program:

A skilled senior level technical writing professional will review your submissions for technical accuracy, utilization of industry standards, and ensure you have achieved an in-depth understanding of the course objectives.

,p> In addition, verbal and written reports and scheduled consultations will be evaluated.

course quick facts
course code DED905
cost $1299.00
estimated time to
complete course
150 Hours
course materials
3 Months

Diane D�Amico has designed and developed curriculum for a number of online course, including courses in Technical Writing Certification. She formed a technical writing team that creates the entire documentation set (including technical reference guide, configuration manuals, and online help) for administrative software in the field of higher education and continued in that capacity as the lead technical writer and advisor for a number of national technical writing projects.


"The instructor offered very valuable comments on every assignment. It was very obvious that she had taken the time to really look at my work, not just quickly scan over it. Her comments were very useful." - Linda Gill

"Great instructor, great course material. I learned a great deal!" - Susan Culbreath