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By S M Cullen
A certificate in technical writing offers the best proof of skill and writing prowess and is visible evidence of the completion of an online technical writers training course, whether for veteran pros wishing to keep up with new developments, or for wannabe technical writers. New students will want a course that can teach them how to plan and design technical documents. A certificate can prove invaluable when approaching freelance writing employers, pitching publishers and bidding for online business writing projects. But how to choose the best technical writing course to suit individual needs?
Firstly, career re-trainers will want to work out and list their learning goals in the new technical field. They will want to take into account previous writing experience, grammar proficiency and technical knowledge. The best programs to consider are those that offer several choices, training options, methods of learning online and offline – and genuine state university accreditation.
Training Course Accreditation
Look for a course provider that can offer technical communicators genuine accreditation and a range of course durations. Some offer solid teaching over several semesters, others can grant a technical writing certificate in only 15 intensive weeks.Some of these programs have the added convenience of being delivered through online technical writing training. Be sure to check the credentials and accreditation of the state university that is validating the certificate.
Technical Writing Course Duration
Some programs offer ‘starter courses’ for those wishing to learn the trade from scratch.These are usually basic writing skills,projects and practical assignments and tutorials in how to adapt them for communicating in the technical arena. These courses are of most benefit to beginners.
Intermediate online writing courses are a little more challenging and are designed more with the practising technical writer in mind. They are ideal for industry communicators who are ready to progress their technical careers. Also, they are ideal for those who relished the challenge of the new writing brief in the first course and are ready to move up a level.
Experienced technical writers, students and pros might find an advanced writing course more suitable. Such a program might involve self-guided distance learning including quizzes,tests,assignment reviews and technical report writing tutorials. Writing for the technical industry market might require audience analysis,document structure and design.Those who find they excel in this lucrative and demanding business may have found their ideal writing career path.
Certification, whether through online technical training writing courses, correspondence courses or self-guided study are much more flexible nowadays. For aspiring technical writing professionals, and veterans, there seems to be a technical writing resource out there for everybody!
About the author, Inspired Writing Research
S Cullen also writes Education, Parenting and Literature articles. She is a Short Stories site editor for a prominent ezine and has articles also at Helium and Suite 101.
She is a freelance internet writer, mom and teacher and runs a website dedicated to passing on her experiences to newbie writers wanting to learn to write for the internet at http://www.inspiredwritingresearch.com She also owns a Freelance Writing Insider Tips blog at http://www.blog.inspiredwritingresearch.com/