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Certified Technical Writer

Examine the field of technical writing, learn how to write within any technical writing context, and develop your own portfolio. Students will also prepare for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator exam.

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Series Technical Writing: Online Certificate Programs and Classes
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Prepare for the CPTC exam

Effective communication is essential in today's business world. Technical writers are professional communicators whose role varies across industries and contexts. They may create manuals and instruction documents, write grant proposals for nonprofit organizations, manage social media accounts, or create compliance documents for pharmaceutical companies. They may work in industries as different as aeronautical engineering and healthcare or be self-employed. With skills and experience, technical writers can find rewarding and engaging work in many different fields.

In the course, you will explore the framework in which technical writing exists, the conventions it follows, and the essential elements all technical writing must have. The course also includes a lesson on preparing for the (CPTC) Certified Professional Technical Communicator exam offered by the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

What you will learn

  • Writing to meet the needs of your audience, including writing with clarity and focus
  • The differences between technical writing and other types of writing
  • Ethical issues in technical writing
  • Advanced grammar rules and effective research methods
  • Writing effectively for websites and social media
  • Developing strategies to prepare for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator exam

How you will benefit

  • Obtain a professional writing portfolio to showcase your work to current and potential employers
  • Be prepared for technical writing jobs in a variety of industries like software companies, nonprofit organizations, marketing agencies, and more
  • Receive a certificate of completion and prepare to sit for the CPTC exam
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These non-credit online programs are made available through a partnership between UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and Education To Go (Ed2go), a provider of adult continuing education programs for more than 1,500 leading colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.

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