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Professional and Technical Writing Certificate


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This Professional and Technical Writing Certificate curriculum prepares students to meet the growing demands for workplace writing. The Professional and Technical Writing Certificate Program is designed for students from a variety of degree programs who want to move into professional writing careers, to enhance their employability, or to upgrade their skills.

The curriculum prepares students to design, write, and produce documents and presentations in a work environment. Students will advance their writing and editing skills as well as learn visual-design software. Students can tailor the certificate to focus on their specific area of interest, choosing from public relations, production of written documents, and graphic design.

The Professional and Technical Writing Certificate is a designated statewide program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. A student may enroll in any of these programs at the same rates as in-county residents if the program is not offered by their local community college or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit. For more information on statewide programs, please see Curricula Informationnew windownew window.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Write clearly for different audiences.
  • Edit documents for correctness and consistency.
  • Edit documents using sound grammar.
  • Plan the document production process, including budgeting and scheduling.
  • Plan, deliver, and critique presentations for the workplace.
  • Use graphic design software to produce visual images that enhance communication in the written document.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans. 


Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.

For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Professional and technical writers produce instructional guides, help documents, articles, reports, presentations, webpages, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information clearly and effectively. They also communicate with customers, designers, corporations, and government agencies, managing projects and production processes.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.



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