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8 required courses (140 hours)


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Complete in 1 year, or up to 3 years

Technical writing involves writing about a specific subject that requires explanation, direction or instruction in publications such as reports, manuals and standard operating procedure guides.

Gain practical knowledge and experience to enhance your skill set in technical writing, whether you are looking to earn a credential for professional development or embark on a new career. Using technical information, create clear, concise, correct and cohesive communications in print and online for target audiences.

Combine the skills of effective communication with practical experience using the latest tools and technology. Explore common types of technical communication, such as manuals, guides and design specifications. Learn how you can apply a systematic approach to creating technical documents from complex information. Gain writing skills for a variety of formats and hone your writing process. Identify and apply appropriate styles of writing for specific technical communications purposes, such as reports, procedural manuals and online documents.

Develop intermediate skills to create professional-looking documents, including how to use features and templates to create and format documents with more complex layouts. Examine key components of structuring policies and procedures. Build your editing skills with hands-on exercises. Explore characteristics of digital media and how they relate to information and site architecture, and examine the steps to developing a robust site structure.

To be successful in this program, a Grade 12 level of proficiency in written and spoken English — and intermediate skills in Microsoft Word and Windows — are strongly recommended.


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The Technical Writing program is a recognized member of the Society of Technical Communication(STC). Students! Learn more about STC events.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Enhance your life | Develop your personal and professional skills

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals

Gain hands-on experience | Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers

Online delivery | Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere


Learn more about professional writing in business

Interested in becoming more organized and effective in your business communication?

Consider our Writing and Editing for Business Certificate of Completion to help you communicate effectively in writing and correspondence in the workplace.

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Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Foundations of Technical Communication ON ON ON
MS Word for Technical Writers and Editors ON ON ON
Creating Publications ON ON
Preparing Policies and Procedures ON ON
Editing for Technical Writers ON ON
Information Architecture ON ON
Project Management for Technical Writers ON ON
Creating Training Manuals and User Guides ON ON



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

It is strongly recommended that the first three courses are taken in the order indicated above. The remaining courses can be completed in any order.

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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