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Technical Communication Certificate

Technical communication is an excellent career for good writers who love to help others understand complex information. They draw on their skills in writing and information design to translate complex scientific or technical information into content that a specific audience will easily understand. Technical communicators work in every field, from accounting to pharmaceuticals to telecommunications and create a wide variety of documents and scripts, including environmental impact statements, financial reports, training materials, user guides and more. Demand is greatest for communicators who have degrees in science or engineering, but there are opportunities for those with a background in communications, journalism, English, visual media, and other fields.

UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Technical Communication will prepare you for an entry-level position by providing you with the most up-to-date knowledge. The program is designed and taught by technical communication professionals working in the field and can be completed entirely online.

For detailed information, please enroll in the Writing Program Online Information Session.

The program can be completed online in 18-24 months. Tuition is $295-$595 per course. The courses are asynchronous but not self-paced; you will be required to keep up with weekly assignments. The average student spends three hours online and six hours offline per course each week. Please preview our e-learning system at http://ucsdextension.blackboard.com.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Information Session (Learn more about the program in a free, online information session.)
Copyediting and Technical Communication Information Session
INFO-70034
0
O O O O
Required Courses (All 17 units required)
Technical Communication I
WCWP-40151
3
O   O  
Basics of Technical Editing
WCWP-40307
3
  O   O
Critical Thinking for Communicators
WCWP-40265
3
  O    
Information Design for Technical Communicators
WCWP-40150
2
O   O  
Writing Online Documentation
WCWP-40158
3
    O  
Technical Communication II
WCWP-40154
3
O   O  
Electives (7 units required)
Webinar Skills for Technical Communicators
WCWP-40283
2
      O
Tools for Technical Communicators
WCWP-40266
3
      O
Adobe Photoshop I: Introduction
ART-40311
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Adobe Dreamweaver I: Introduction
ART-40325
3
O O O O
Project Management for Technical Communicators
BUSA-40667
2
Schedule Varies
Applied Design for Technical Communicators
WCWP-40264
2
O      
Web and Internet Literacy
CSE-41206
4
X X X X
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, 858-534-5760
Email: ahl@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

You must have native-level fluency with English and must write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences. You will need a computer, a high-speed internet connection, MS Word, PowerPoint, and proficiency with all of the above. Students should be prepared to send and receive email regularly, navigate the web, and manage files on a computer.

Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program.

Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.

Certificate Guidelines

The program consists of 24 quarter units in Writing and other disciplines related to technical communications. It can be completed in eight academic quarters. You must earn a Pass (C-) or better grade in each course. Extension courses in science, computing, and engineering may be applied toward electives with department approval.

Advisors

Kathleen Balgley
Associate Director of Writing
Sixth College, UCSD

Lynne Friedmann, APR
Consultant
Friedmann Communications

Bonni Graham
President/CEO
Manual Labour Documentation Services

Suzanne Hosie
President/CEO
Write on the Edge Technical Communications

Steven Margolin
Owner
Margolin Communications

Barbara Newton-Holmes
President
Adept Writing Services

Al Rubottom
Technical Publications Manager
Tyco Video Systems Division

David Sumner-Smith
Technical Writer
Gen-Probe

Michelle Wier
Director of Operations
Technical Standards, Inc