Professional Technical Communication Certificate

Career Certificate

A new career in two semesters 

Become a professional writer

Are you looking for a new challenge? The College of Lake County can help you become an effective technical communicator in just two semesters.

In this 20-hour certificate program, you learn the principles of effective written communication and how to produce concise, easily understood and visually engaging technical documents for a variety of audiences. In our project-based courses, you will work with your classmates and community partners to create real-world communication materials, including newsletters, blogs, websites and more! When you graduate, you will have a portfolio of impressive materials you can show off to potential employers.

What can you do with a certificate in Technical Communication?

The certificate in technical communication prepares you to start work or continue your education in communication, media, business, marketing, healthcare or related fields. Work as an information architect, proposal writer, website writer and more! U.S. News & World Report recently ranked technical writing as one of the Best Creative & Media jobs.


  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    ENG 120 3
    DMD 116 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 120
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code DMD 116
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    DMD 125 3
    ENG 126 3
    ENG 266 3
    ENG 113 3
    • Course Code DMD 125
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 126
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 266
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 113
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Technical Communication at CLC

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This certificate is just one possible way to study communication. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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