Certificate in Technical Communication (Level 5)

Qualification code OP5505

The Certificate in Technical Communication will give you the skills you need to produce professional, reader-centred documents in plain English. You will learn how to analyse the purpose, audience and context of written communications, and how to evaluate, revise and edit documents.

  • Level 5  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $1,460 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

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What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification, and depending on what elective course you have studied, you will know how to:

  • write webpage copy, social media posts and blogs
  • work as part of a technical writing team
  • interview subject matter experts
  • conduct user testing
  • apply the principles of plain English to documents in your profession
  • create a range of high-quality documents that demonstrate effective communication practices
  • evaluate, revise and edit professional and technical writing.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a number of specific writing-focused roles such as a technical writer, technical communicator, information designer, documentation specialist and technical editor. This qualification will also benefit you if your job requires you to write clear, concise and professional documentation.

Key dates

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

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