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Learn modern writing and editing skills as well as effective information design to produce technical documentation for general audiences. 

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What you will learn

  • Clear, professional writing skills
  • Technical documentation standards
  • Effective information design
  • Writing and design for manual and online environments
  • Substantive, copy, and proof editing
  • Document project management
  • Proposals and technical reports

What to expect

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Practical exercises
  • Portfolio assignments

Admission requirements


This certificate is designed to be flexible in meeting the needs of students with a variety of educational backgrounds. The program is targeted towards adults with some writing skills who have completed Grade 12 or equivalent.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free in academic upgrading, university transfer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.


Recommended Characteristics


Courses are applicable to adults in diverse fields, including science, health, technology, engineering, education, and business.

Recommended characteristics include the following:

  • General education through prior formal learning and work experience
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to work well in a structured environment
  • Ability to work with confidence independently or on a team
  • Ability to reflect on their own practice
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • High performance standards

Fees and other costs  

Fee description Fee Amount Notes
Tuition $1,896  
College initiative $20  
Campus resource $76  
Graduation $45  
Total $2,037  

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