Technical Writing Certificate

Gain your Technical Writing Certificate in 15 weeks studying topics such as principles of technical writing, editing and intro to HTML.

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Course details

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$1,500

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Technical Writing Certificate

Gain your Technical Writing Certificate in 15 weeks studying topics such as principles of technical writing, editing and intro to HTML.

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Distinguish technical communication from other forms of writing 
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of a technical writer 
  • Plan technical communication deliverables that explain how to complete the procedures within a process 
  • Compose draft technical communication deliverables based upon planning phase pre-work 
  • Analyze draft technical communication deliverables and revise their contents in preparation for final publication and distribution 
  • Apply, test, and measure the principles of usability 
  • Produce a Capstone project consisting of a technical communication deliverable that enables the reader to use a new product, understand a business process or proposal, or take action based on learning about something new 

Course description

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Salary scales for Technical Writers range from $79,000-$106,000 in the greater Seattle area (Glassdoor). Employment trends for Technical Writers are expected to grow by 10% over the next 8 years. –US Dept. of Labor

This online Technical Writing Certificate course culminates in the Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College Technical Writing Certificate. Thentire certificate course takes 15 weeks to complete at a cost that is substantially less than taking the courses individually. This competency-based program employs a course instructor and is targeted to working professionals with a strong knowledge of written English, who are looking to speed up the certificate process. Topics covered include: 

  • Principles of Technical Writing 
  • The role of the technical writer 
  • The writing process 
  • Usability 
  • Writing strategies 
  • Editing 
  • Document design 
  • Intro to HTML 
  • XML and CSS 
  • Job readiness strategies 

Prerequisites

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  • A strong command of English grammar and spelling 
  • A basic-to-intermediate knowledge of Microsoft® Word 

Syllabus

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The course lasts 15weeks. Table 1, below, outlines the topics covered, the approximate week during the course when that topic should occur, and the approximate number of study hours required for each week.  

The number of hours for each weekly module is an estimate. The number of hours you spend will vary depending on your knowledge of the topic, how you study, and the actual time you need to complete activities, quizzes, peer reviews, and discussions.   

The assignment schedule is provided at the bottom of this syllabus and can also be found in the course calendar. The schedule and time commitment requirements will be updated as course modules are published for student access. 

Course Topics Approximate  
Week # 
Approximate
Hours per Week 
Getting started11.5
  1. Introduction to Technical Writing15
  2.The writing process27
  3. Usability and readability37
  4. Planning46
  5. Structure and organization56
  6. Writing and drafting – Parts I-III6-87.5, 6, 6
  7. Revising and editing Parts I-II9-107, 6
  8. Document eesign and layout117.5
  9. Publishing127
10. Introduction to HTML and XML136.5
11. Managing14varies
12. Job readiness15 6 

 

Next available start dates

Online — Independent

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Technical Writing Certificate
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Total classroom hours

110 hours

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Schedule

Online

Independent, 4/6/2020 - 7/20/2020

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Total cost

$1,500

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Instructor: Maria Blyther

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Notes

This online, instructor-moderated CERTIFICATE Course begins April 6 and ends July 20. (Equivalent to 110 classroom hours.)

Students must create their NetID to access this course in Canvas, the online learning management system.

Online — Independent

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Technical Writing Certificate
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Total classroom hours

110 hours

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Schedule

Online

Independent, 6/15/2020 - 9/25/2020

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Total cost

$1,500

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Instructor: Stacy Smith

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Notes

This online, instructor-moderated certificate course begins June 15 and ends September 25. (Equivalent to 110 classroom hours.)

Students must create their NetID to access this course in Canvas, the online learning management system.

Online — Independent

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Technical Writing Certificate
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Total classroom hours

110 hours

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Schedule

Online

Independent, 9/1/2020 - 12/8/2020

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Total cost

$1,500

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Instructor: Jacqueline ODell

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Notes

This online, instructor-moderated certificate course begins September 1 and ends December 8. (Equivalent to 110 classroom hours.)

Students must create their NetID to access this course in Canvas, the online learning management system.

Online — Independent

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Technical Writing Certificate
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Total classroom hours

110 hours

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Schedule

Online

Independent, 10/1/2020 - 1/29/2021

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Total cost

$1,500

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Instructor: Maria Blyther

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Notes

This online, instructor-moderated certificate course begins October 1 and ends January 29, 2021. (Equivalent to 110 classroom hours.)

Students must create their NetID to access this course in Canvas, the online learning management system.

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