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The basics of professional writing and technical communication
The Professional Writing and Technical Communication specialization builds on what you know about writing, equips you with technical editing skills, and provides you with tools to handle multiple workplace situations. You will sharpen your grammar and writing style and fine-tune your communication in design, technology, business, and education. Beyond basic editing of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax, you will learn to identify contextual errors, reorganize content, and edit tables and illustrations.
Professional Writing and Technical Communication specialization learning objectives
- Apply effective writing strategies to diverse types of technical information
- Explore the tools and techniques of technical editing
- Comprehensively edit documents—identifying errors and reorganizing content
- Identify challenges editors face beyond editing documents.
Estimated Cost: Varies (You pay only for courses you enroll in.)
Program Requirements: At least 4 courses (6 - 11 units) Students can take or have taken any of the courses listed below. Mix of UC credit and CEUs. End with a specialization completion review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction:
1. Required Course(s): At least 4
2. Completion Review:
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Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.
The benefits of enrolling early
- Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
- Receive program updates
- Set your intention
- It’s free
To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.
You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.
All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.
Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.
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* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (such as GreenFig or CLS by Barbri) may have a shorter completion requirement.