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Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing

The Technical Writing and Editing (TWE) Certificate was offered by the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering from 1988–2013 and explored topics such as technical writing, style in writing, editing, production tools, software user assistance, and visual communication. Students learned strategies for communicating in a variety of contexts and with a wide range of audiences. Students took six credit-based courses across nine months. Courses were taught by HCDE faculty and industry professionals from the Seattle area. In its 25 year history, this program graduated over 700 extremely talented students who now hold technical writing and editing jobs, program management jobs, production editing jobs, etc. in companies around the world.
The TWE certificate program included six required courses:
  • HCDE 421 Current Practices in Technical Communication
  • HCDE 422 Style in Technical Communication
  • HCDE 423 Technical Editing and Document Development
  • HCDE 424 Authoring and Production Tools in Technical Communication
  • HCDE 426 Software User Assistance
  • HCDE 427 Visual Design in Technical Communication

For descriptions of these courses, please see the University of Washington catalog.