Business and Technical Writing Certificate

The Business and Technical Writing Certificate delivers convenient and concentrated skill development and education in technical writing, providing short-duration writing skills training that will improve students’ communication skills and contribute to employment success. The need for communicators in the Canadian economy’s technical sectors is growing. Technical communicators include authors, editors, publishers, educators, consultants, business people, computer programmers, engineers, and scientists. This program will teach students how to adapt complex writing (ie. dealing with business, science, or technology) into language that appeals to general audiences.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Ongoing 1 to 3 years Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description


On completion of the Business and Technical Writing Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Use modern writing skills to create clear, professional communication
  • Organize and write technical documentation according to current standards
  • Describe principles of effective information design
  • Apply principles of good writing and design to an online environment
  • Use editing skills in substantive, copy, and proof edits
  • Carry out necessary steps for managing document projects
  • Compose successful, persuasive proposals
  • Develop effective technical reports
  • Apply standards for helpful manual production and design


Courses involve a combination of lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. Students are expected to take an active role in the courses and learn by doing.


The Business and Technical Writing Certificate consists of nine one-day courses. The Certificate may be completed in 4 months to 3 years.


Students must submit an assignment within two weeks of the session end date. Assignments are designed to build a professional portfolio.

Students who successfully complete their assignment will receive an "S", indicating satisfactory performance in accordance with departmental evaluation procedures.

In order to receive a Business and Technical Writing Certificate, students must achieve an "S" in all nine required courses.


Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, the graduate will receive a Vancouver Community College Business and Technical Writing Certificate.


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

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.

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

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Program Coordinator: Joy Dalla-Tina, VCC Leadership, 604.871.7000, ext. 8671
Program Assistant: Dorothy Giroux, VCC Leadership, 604.871.7000, ext. 8383

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 (201892)

(TECW 1108) Industry Report Writing 0.5 credits    $194.48

Focuses on the structure, content, format, audience, purpose, and style of reports. Students learn about report format components, utilizing them to facilitate reader access and comprehension; communicate effectively and clearly with reader(s) by addressing leader concerns, needs, and interests; and analyze and develop a clear and appropriate structure that facilitates reading and comprehension.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20024 DTN Rm. 412
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0900 - 1630
Poole, Sean

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Current Issues in Technical Writing (TECW 1102)
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0.5 credits N/A
Designing and Writing Manuals (TECW 1107)
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0.5 credits N/A
Document Project Management (TECW 1104)
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0.5 credits N/A
Editing (TECW 1103)
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0.5 credits N/A
Industry Report Writing (TECW 1108)
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0.5 credits $194.48
Information Design and Human Factors (TECW 1110)
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0.5 credits N/A
Online Documentation (TECW 1106)
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0.5 credits N/A
Proposal Writing (TECW 1105)
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0.5 credits N/A
Technical Communication (TECW 1101)
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0.5 credits N/A

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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