Algonquin College - Graduate Programs

Technical Writer (Co-op and Regular Options) (Graduate Certificate)

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College - Graduate Programs
Faculty:School of Advanced Technology
Degree:Certificate; Co-op
Field of Study:English Technical and Business Writing
Description:This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program prepares students for careers as technical communicators. Students learn to create a variety of documents found in the workplace, such as proposals, white papers, user guides, training material and instruction sets. Through real-world applications and assignments, students become proficient at research, analysis and organization. Students participate in group projects and collaborative learning activities within the program and across technology platforms.

Technical communicators represent the bridge between a user and a product, information or service. They work for an organization but at the same time they advocate for the user by creating usable documentation that lets the user act on the information. Technical communicators are experts at understanding a product and analyzing different ways the product can be used by a target group. They develop many different types of documentation used in the workplace to help users enjoy all the features of a product. To fulfill these tasks, technical communicators have an aptitude for language, analytical thinking, technical understanding and project management. Well-trained technical communicators can find work in all sectors of the economy including manufacturing, health and medicine, government, high-tech and private training institutions.
URL:Technical Writer (Co-op and Regular Options) (Graduate Certificate) at Algonquin College - Graduate Programs
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $10,520
Careers:Authors and WritersTechnical Writers

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 104]

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 104, with the minimum of the following score in each component: Reading 26; Listening: 26; Speaking: 24; Writing: 28.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    For the Technical Writer program, applicants should ideally satisfy one of the two following conditions:

    - Successful completion of a university degree, with a strong showing in the courses for which high standards of writing are demanded.

    - Successful completion of a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma, with a strong showing in the courses for which high standards of writing are demanded.

    - However, applicants possessing the following background will also be considered: Successful completion of a two-year Ontario Community College Diploma, with a strong showing in the courses for which high standards of writing are demanded, paired with demonstration of significant experience in the workplace in the production of a variety of written communication products.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on December 26, 2018