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Technical Author/Technical Writing Course - With Assessments and Certificate

The key skills​ you need in order to be a successful Technical Writer/Technical Author.​ Course accredited by the ISTC

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Cherryleaf’s popular, and affordable, online Technical Author/technical writing course teaches the key skills of technical writing for IT and software user documentation.


Comments from delegates

There is something new to learn for most technical authors who are in the early stages of their career. Overall, I would say that the course did benefit me, and I can see myself revisiting parts of it in the future.
Emma W., ARM plc
I attended a job interview which included a written exercise where I had to jot down how I would go about designing and presenting information for the users of the service unit I was applying to. I could not believe my luck, it was as if the interviewer had designed it with the contents of this course in mind, and, as a result, I got the job!
Amber A.
I thought it was an excellent course – very thought-provoking and useful. The exercises were enjoyable and really helped, far beyond simply reading from a book about the tasks involved in the job. And I greatly appreciate all your advice and support.
Karl D.
Thank you very much for all your feed-back – I’ve been reading through this as it has come in this morning. This is really useful and very much appreciated.

David H.


Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if need a solid understanding of the Technical Author’s role and the fundamentals of technical writing in the IT, general business and software sectors.

A lot of delegates are people changing careers, and looking to become a Technical Author (known as Technical Writers in the USA). This course is ideal for graduate and junior author induction training, as well as more experienced technical writers who’ve never had any formal training.


Reviewed assessments and certificate

This reviewed option comes with a certificate at the end of the course. You send your answers to the exercises in the course back to us for review and feedback.


Please be aware

The course doesn’t cover the specialist requirements for aerospace, military, railway and automotive documentation, where documentation must be written to a specific XML standard.

It doesn’t cover how to write technical API documentation for developers.

If you are looking to start your career as a Technical Author, you also may need to learn how to use a Help authoring tool.


What will I learn?

The course is organised around the technical documentation process, describing:

  • The purpose and value of technical documentation
  • The entire documentation process—planning, writing, editing, indexing, and production.
  • The skills you need as a technical communicator.
  • How to work more efficiently by writing and designing your information in a structured, useful, usable and informed way

Duration and delivery format

The course comprises 15 modules in total, which you can complete at your own pace. The course modules are delivered over the Web in small, manageable video presentations. The course handouts and exercises are downloadable as Word or PDF files. With the time needed to complete the exercises, each delegate will need to allocate around two days to complete the course. You can pause the videos at any time and return to the course, for a period of 12 months.

This technical communication course is accredited by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators

This training course’s content is accredited by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, the professional body for Technical Communicators in the United Kingdom. It is an independent assessment of the course’s quality


Professional certification as a technical communicator

Cherryleaf’s training courses can help you become a Junior, Certified Member or Certified Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC). The ISTC is the national professional body for technical communicators in the UK. It has members around the world. Junior Members, Members and Fellows are certified by the ISTC through a vetting process, with Members and Fellows entitled to use the initials MISTC or FISTC after their names. All ISTC members have a responsibility to maintain their professional competence through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Cherryleaf’s courses can help demonstrate you are extending and updating your skills.


Your Instructor


Cherryleaf
Cherryleaf

Cherryleaf is a technical writing services company formed in 2002 by people with a passion for technical communication and learning development.

Cherryleaf is recognised as a leader within the technical communication profession. Our staff have written articles for the Society for Technical Communication's (STC) Intercom magazine, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicator's Communicator journal and tekom's TCWorld magazine. They've also written books on technical communication. We've presented webinars for Adobe, Madcap Software or the STC, and we've spoken at various conferences around the world.

Today, organisations throughout Europe use Cherryleaf’s services so they can provide clear information that enables users and staff to complete tasks productively.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have access for 12 months.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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