Professional Certificate

Technical Communications

Wentworth’s professional certificate in Technical Communications provides individuals with the skills, techniques, and strategies to effectively communicate technical information in multiple formats in order to meet various audience needs.  Students will build a number of competencies through the four-course certificate that can be directly applied in a real-world environment.

The Technical Communications certificate is primarily designed for individuals with a technical education and/or professional background who are looking to transition into a role as a technical writer.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: employers desire technical writers who have both a technical background and formal communications training; the median annual salary for a technical writer was $63,280 (as of May 2010); and the profession is projected to grow by a faster than average 17% through 2020.

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This program is conveniently formatted for adult learners, with fast-paced seven week courses that allow you to quickly gain career-enhancing skills in a field with strong growth.  A professional certificate in Technical Communications will be awarded upon successful completion of the required four courses (8.4 CEU’s).

Students who successfully compete this certificate are also eligible for eight (8) credit towards general electives in our bachelor’s degree programs.

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Admissions Requirements

Successful applicants for admission to the Technical Communications Certificate should

  • Be at least 22 years of age
  • Have successfully completed college-level English 1 and 2
  • Have a minimum of 1 year of work experience

Each Course

  • Length: 7 weeks
  • CEUs: 2.1 per/course
  • Format: Hybrid

Certificate Requirements

  • Professional Communication
  • Managing Technical Writing Projects
  • Professional Editing
  • Visual Technical Communication

Course Descriptions

TTCO100 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
This course focuses on the development of professional-level written and oral communication skills. Students will learn how to conduct a meeting, do an effective oral presentation, write technical descriptions, instructions and reports, and effectively present information to their clients. Standard business formats (memo, letter, etc) will also be reviewed.

TTCO110 MANAGING TECHNICAL WRITING PROJECTS
This course focuses on managing technical writing projects. The entire process of technical documentation of projects is reviewed, including defining the project scope, detailing the project plan, determining page count, and setting milestones.

TTCO120 PROFESSIONAL EDITING
This course focuses on editing a wide range of documents for diverse audiences. Specifically, we will learn to analyze documents in relation to their purpose and audience, focusing on editing the work in order to effectively accomplishing the goals of the document. A wide range of documents will be edited, including memos, letters, emails, proposals, reports, instructions, descriptions, advertising copy, and online documents.

TTCO130 VISUAL TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
This course provides analysis and training focused on concepts and practices of visual design as they relate to technical and professional communication.

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