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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
Study Technical Writing by Distance Learning.

  • Improve your technical writing technique.

  • Learn about the research and planning of technical documents.

  • Learn about the writing and development of courses.

  • Understand how different writing styles are applicable for different audiences and different media.

Studying the Certificate in Technical Writing will benefit anyone working in product development, research or marketing.



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Study Technical Writing with this in depth qualification.

  • Improve your technical writing technique.
  • Learn about the research and planning of technical documents.
  • Learn about the writing and development of courses.
  • Understand how different writing styles are applicable for different audiences and different media.
  • Course Duration: Approximately 600 hours of self-paced studies.


Studying the Certificate in Technical Writing will benefit anyone working in product development, research or marketing.

The Certificate in Technical Writing comprises 6 modules, as shown below. Please click on the module titles for further information.

  1. Technical Writing BWR301
  2. Freelance Writing BWR102
  3. Medical Terminology BSC109 or Legal Terminology BWR108
  4. Course Writing (Development) BGN107
  5. Editing I BWR106
  6. Research Project I BGN102 or Advanced Freelance Writing BWR201 (Applied Writing)



A writer of technical documents should have a clear idea of who is likely to read the document, and what they might need to know. The writer should also consider what the readers can be expected to already know, and what basic concepts or instructions will need to be explained. Writing a manual on how to properly maintain a new car designed for young people will greatly differ from a report by the research and development manager for the board of directors. Likewise a ‘How to use’ brochure for a new domestic electrical appliance will require a different emphasis from one for a specialised task for a surgeon.

The person who will be reading a document is your audience. You must understand who they are, the level of detail they need, how they process information and how they will use the document.

In some cases where your audience is a broad demographic e.g. ‘young people’, you will need to assume your audience has no prior experience of a topic. If however, your audience are third-year apprentice car mechanics (and you are privy to their level of understanding), your writing style can be more technical and you can assume they will understand more specific terminology.

The key to successful technical writing is to keep it simple and know your audience. In many cases, documents are aimed at a large, variable readership. In that case, the writer should include enough content to allow uninformed readers, as well as informed readers, to understand, and use a formal, precise, neutral style of writing to make the document easy to read. Especially when writing to a very broad, general audience (e.g. writing instructions for a washing machine), your writing should always meet the readers’ basic expectations of factual, unemotional language and adequate, clearly written information.

Understanding the Audience
In technical writing an author would do well to put himself in the position of the reader. This is an active process whereby the writer needs to stop doing the writing and shift thinking, rereading the piece as if from the reader’s perspective and asking if I were in the shoes of someone who knew nothing/very little about this, could I follow the process or understand discussion. This is a very difficult skill to master.

Writing Guidelines
Good technical writing uses precise and factual language. The following guidelines will help your readers understand what you write.

How to write well is not easy and often not natural. Think about the following suggestions for good writing – these points are simple but should start your though processes on the overall idea of good writing.

  • know exactly what the subject is
  • try to understand how much the readers already know and how interested they are in knowing more
  • understand the purpose of your writing
  • plan and organise the content of a document to suit your reader’s needs.


Who Uses Technical Writing?

  • Technicians and Scientists
  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Consultants
  • Report Writers
  • Marketing professionals who are dealing with technical equipment and materials.


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Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
John MasonWriter, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
Rachel SyersRachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affairs, and agriculture. Her current role is Fashion Editor, features writer and features sub-editor with The Gold Coast Bulletin. She has co-authored a successful biography "Roma: From Prison to Paradise" about former prisoner-of-war turned yoga guru, Roma Blair, as well as freelanced as a writer, reviewer and researcher for Australian music and celebrity magazines such as WHO Weekly, Rave, Australasian Post and New Idea. Rachel has a B.Journalism.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.