Technical writer school

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

Overview

Meet the demand for quality professional documentation in the workplace.

The Technical Writer Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with the skills and training needed for a career in technical communication. Throughout this one-year program, you create different types of workplace documents to help users enjoy all features of a product, service, or information. In particular, you learn to:

  • Research and analyze technical material
  • Connect with an intended audience
  • Use specialized tools to author documents
  • Manage multiple projects to meet the goals of a group
  • Create structured documents that cater to different user tasks

These skills are so highly prized in the workplace that you can choose to work in either the public or the private sector, and in a freelance, part-time or full-time capacity.

The Technical Writer program will teach you how to create different kinds of online and print documents such as instruction sets, training materials, user manuals, white papers, proposals, online help, instructional videos, and podcasts.

Through a combination of real-world learning, group projects, and collaborative learning activities, you can confidently apply these skills in all areas of industry including manufacturing, health and medicine, government, high-tech, and private training institutions.

At the end of the program, graduates will be ready to begin careers as:

  • Information architects
  • Content developers
  • Technical editors
  • Instructional designers
  • Communication officers

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess advanced written and oral communication abilities.
  • Enjoy designing, developing, writing and refining online and print material.
  • Possess interpersonal skills for collaboration with colleagues.
  • Enjoy researching, collecting, analyzing, and organizing technical information.
  • Function in a self-directed manner in a team environment.
  • Organize their work and pay attention to detail.
  • Enjoy using software tools to create documents and websites.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Plan, design, manage, and control online and print documents.
  2. Research, collect, analyze, and organize relevant technical information for the writing and editing of online and print documents.
  3. Communicate technical information clearly, concisely, and correctly.
  4. Edit online and print documents.
  5. Use authoring tools to create online and print documents.
  6. Analyze users’ needs to design, develop, and refine technical documents, and communication products.
  7. Collaborate and interact with subject matter experts, colleagues, and users for the purpose of generating effective technical documents & communication products.
  8. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment, and environmental stewardship.

Courses

Read this before applying:

This program is undergoing changes for the 20/21 academic year. If you began this program prior to Fall 2020, please refer to the Academic Planner or Archived Program Information to confirm the courses required for your Program of Study version.

CoursesOnline:Distance Education   
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameFall
Level: 01
TWR200056.0Technical Writing IDistance Education
TWR200242.0Digital PublishingDistance Education
TWR200928.0Selected Topics IDistance Education
TWR201042.0Designing VIsual InformationDistance Education
TWR201442.0Information Planning and ManagementDistance Education
TWR201742.0Editing IDistance Education
Level: 02
TWR200342.0Online DocumentationDistance Education
TWR200456.0Technical Writing IIDistance Education
TWR201128.0Usability and UxDistance Education
TWR201242.0Web-Based Tools and TechnologiesDistance Education
TWR201842.0Editing IIDistance Education
TWR220128.0Selected Topics IIDistance Education
Level: 03
WKT200042.0ProjectDistance Education

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time

Careers & Pathways

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Careers

Graduates may be successful in finding work as writers, editors and documentation specialists. Canadian and international demand is high for qualified technical communicators in both the private and the public sectors. While most graduates may work as employees in large organizations, some choose self-employment in the field.

Fees & Expenses

2021/2022 Academic Year

Tuition and related ancillary fees for this program can be viewed by using the Tuition and Fees Estimator tool.

Further information on fees can be found by visiting the Registrar’s Office website.

Fees are subject to change.

Additional program related expenses include:

Books and supplies cost approximately $525 per term. For more information visit algonquincollege.com/coursematerials/students/.

Application & Admission Details

Admission Success TipsSelect the Academic Year:              Sept 2022 –  Aug 2023              Sept 2021 –  Aug 2022            

2022/2023 Academic Year

Program Eligibility

For the Technical Writer program, applicants should ideally satisfy one of the two following conditions:

  • Successful completion of a degree, with a strong showing in the courses for which high standards of writing are demanded.
  • Successful completion of a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma, with a strong showing in the courses for which high standards of writing are demanded.

However, applicants possessing the following background will also be considered:

  • Successful completion of a two-year Ontario Community College Diploma, with a strong showing in the courses for which high standards of writing are demanded, paired with demonstration of significant experience in the workplace in the production of a variety of written communication products.

Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 104, with the minimum of the following scores: Reading 26; Listening 26; Speaking 24; Writing 28.

Application Information

TECHNICAL WRITER Program Code 1182X09FAO

Applications to full-time programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements via:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, ON
N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Applications are available online at ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants please visit this link for application process information.

For further information on the admissions process, please contact:

Registrar’s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, ON
K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: [email protected]

Additional Information

This program is also offered full-time online and full-time on campus with a paid co-op option. There is an opportunity for full-time online students to participate in co-op.

Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR)

Students who wish to apply for PLAR need to demonstrate competency at a post-secondary level in all of the course learning requirements. Evidence of learning achievements for PLAR candidates may include a comprehensive challenge examination and/or completion of a portfolio.

Program Progression

As per Policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed).

For additional information please contact AC Online at [email protected] or 613-727-4723 ext. 3330.

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