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Certificate in Professional Technical Communication (Online) - Free Limited Offer - See Inside

Course Details

This Professional Technical Communication Certificate is designed to help new and existing writers work within a range of styles specific to the field of technical writing. This program focuses on advancing the writing styles and competencies needed to create technical written reports, project proposals, feasibility studies, website communications, presentations, manuals, and other forms of technical correspondence. A well-rounded technical writer should have knowledge and writing experience across these areas.

As a technical writer, you may be required to write or edit many different types of projects. By applying the principles presented in this course, you can expand your skills to cover a wide range of projects. Just as importantly, you can gain skills that will benefit every project you are assigned. The organizational skills required for a user guide, the attention to client guidelines required for a proposal, and the ability to integrate examples and interviews required for a technical magazine article carry over into other types of writing. In the process of completing this course, you will create a portfolio of well-defined written technical documents, which can be added to or expanded after the class has ended.

Your completed work will be evaluated using the lesson guidelines as criteria. No books are required for this course; instead, web links to multiple resources are provided. Students may complete this program in an accelerated fashion.

This Certificate program requires you to follow specific instructions for each lesson. You may send your completed first lesson to the Course Administrator who will provide any necessary feedback to ensure you are on the right track for developing your course portfolio. Each lesson builds upon the concepts of the previous lesson, and follows the same methodology. When you have completed all of the lessons, you will mail your course portfolio to the Course Administrator to review and grade.

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Continuing Education Hours

  • 140 Contact Hours
  • 14.0 CEUs

Outcomes

The Certificate in Professional Technical Communication provides you the opportunity and means to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Plan writing projects with a strong understanding of the subject matter.
  • Learn how to fit a focused strategy to your audience and purpose.
  • Engage in both task and audience analysis.
  • Learn how to revamp existing or new documents.
  • Expand your writing styles and abilities.
  • Hone your skills across a range of writing skill sets.
  • Write like an expert and build upon marketable skills.
  • Earn a highly recognized Professional Technical Completion Certificate Credential.

Types of Documents

Different types of technical documents require different skills and strategies. By completing the Certificate in Professional Technical Communication, you will learn how to effectively create each of the following documents and practice the accompanying skill sets:

  • Proposals: persuasion, using data to make an argument, developing abstracts
  • Data Reports: presenting data visually, writing with parallel structure
  • Scientific Research: using citations, making abstracts concise
  • How-To Guides: doing task analysis, working with lists
  • User Guides: planning large documents, working with chapters
  • Instructional Material: developing sample scenarios, monitoring user performance
  • Articles: including real-world examples, being conversational with dense content

This course examines each of these document types and explores the writing skills associated with them.

Certificate Requirements, Scheduling, and Pricing

Each lesson is carefully developed around your ability to develop a baseline of written content that assumes some knowledge, little knowledge, or no knowledge of the technical document assigned. After you read and apply the tips and techniques and grasp the lesson-specific writing strategies, you will reapply this new knowledge to your baseline document. A comparison of the original baseline writing to the developed "treatment" document allows you apply the new knowledge gained to practical writing experiences in the workplace.

You can complete this course in as little as 10-15 weeks or take up to 2-3 months.

Assessment

The Certificate in Professional Technical Communication requires independent and self-paced study. The instructional developer of this program has provided a detailed method of study. Self-directed quizzes and short answer probe questions help you evaluate your mastery of specific learning objectives. These tasks are for student evaluation only.

To earn the official Certificate in Professional Technical Communication, you are required to submit your completed lessons, which will then be evaluated for accuracy and representative knowledge of the subject matter. This will occur at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the program. For more details regarding the process leading to the Certificate in Professional Technical Communication, please review the course curriculum Program Outline.

Program Outline

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Free Online Course - Limited Time Offer (Offer ends June 30, 2014)

Free Course with enrollment of Mastery Level Technical Writing Certificate or Certificate in Professional Technical Communication

Writing for a Global Market

With the industrial, technical, and commercial market becoming more and more global, it is imperative that writers understand the importance of writing for a worldwide market. Writers cannot write for a single language community anymore but must be aware of, and consider how to prepare and write for multiple languages to reach diverse populations, cultures, and communities. This course will focus on how to apply best practices for:

  • Globalization - the broad range of processes necessary to prepare and launch products and company activities internationally.
  • Internationalization - developing content that is easily localized; doesn’t include local/regional references.
  • Localization - the process of adapting a product or service to a particular language and culture.

In addition, writers must also be aware of the industry’s standards to help manage this activity, including an understanding of:

  • Machine translation (MT)
  • Translation memory (TM)
  • Translation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Content management systems (CMS)

For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 4 weeks. There are 4 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.

Upon enrollment, you will be sent a link to the course learning management website

Free Online Course - Limited Time Offer (Offer Begins March 10, 2014 and ends July 31, 2014)

Free Course with enrollment of Mastery Level Technical Writing Certificate or Certificate in Professional Technical Communication

Fundamentals in Structured Writing for Technical Documentation

The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments. Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper output, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.

The course is designed to further your technical writing skills with use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard. It also introduces you to other writing standards, output options, and content management systems. Basic knowledge of writing standards, output options, and content management systems is helpful.

For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 4 weeks. There are 4 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.

Upon enrollment in any of the other Technical Writing Courses listed, you will be sent a link to the course learning management website.

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