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Technical Writing Certificate

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Professional Certificate in Technical Writing


UCR Extension offers an online Technical Writing Certificate Program designed to meet the growing demand for more effective communication of technical material through manuals, reports and online documentation. It provides an integrated curriculum covering principles and practices commonly used in technical environments. The program is designed for those who are looking to advance their current careers or enter an entirely new career focusing on technical writing.

Participants in this certificate program will learn the skills, techniques and strategies to effectively communicate technical information in many different forms to meet specific audience needs. The course of study will focus on:

  • Organization
  • Project management
  • Creating user guides and manuals
  • Documenting policies and procedures
  • Writing documentation for online formats

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for:

  • Technical personnel, administrative analysts or assistants who need to document processes or procedures
  • IT professionals, including database administrators
  • Programmers and help desk managers
  • Scientific professionals
  • Human resources analysts
  • Others who support technical or other operations that require the development or use of detailed reports, manuals or guides

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) five required courses for a total of 15 units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost to complete the program is approximately $2,800. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of four units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts are required.



  • Sharon Burton, B.S. CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting, Riverside
  • John Hedtke, Senior Writer, Wonderware, Lake Forest
  • John Epps, B.A., Sr. Consultant and Trainer, John Epps Associates, San Bernardino
  • Eric J. Guignard, M.P.A., is a freelance writer and editor with specialization in technical writing. His background includes planning, composing and editing numerous works such as internal policies, desktop procedures, training manuals, and company handbooks. He is especially skilled in the research and implementation of professional communications and in writing concise, understandable information.

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Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Delivery Method

The courses in this program are offered online. To learn more about online courses at UCR Extension, visit our Online Course Information page.

Industry Connection

Endorsed by the Inland Empire Society for Technical Communication (IESTC).

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273