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Life-long learning is not hard to find.

With the phenomenal growth of the technical communication field, you don't have to go far to find courses to brush up and add to your skills. British Columbia, home of Canada West Coast Chapter, is a hot bed of technical communication, as reflected in the changes in curriculum at established and new institutions. Check out your options...

BC Institute of Technology

Burnaby and Downtown campuses. Information: 604-434-1610

Launched in January, 2005, BCIT’s for-credit Associate Certificate in Technical Writing is a part-time, evening program. All instructors are industry experts still active in the field and vetted for their teaching ability, not just the excellence and currency of their knowledge. Courses include:

  • Technical Writing Style
  • Technical Editing and Grammar
  • Technical Writing: Definitions, Instructions and Process Descriptions
  • Documentation Project Management
  • Technical Documentation Graphics
  • Writing for the Web
  • Designing and Writing Online Help
  • Writing & Testing Software Manuals
  • Single-Sourcing for Technical Writers, and
  • Industry Project for Technical Writers

BCIT also offers courses that freelancers may find helpful: Proposals-Selling Ideas; Exciting Presentations; Time Management and Productivity Skills; Small Business Law; and Marketing of Services. For those of you who want to upgrade skills in desktop publishing, BCIT offers courses at various levels, PC or Macintosh, for PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator, Quark Xpress, Adobe PhotoShop, and CorelDraw. They also offer basic design and production courses such as Graphics 1 and 2, and Media Techniques for Business. Multimedia Authoring and Internet Advanced courses are also available to keep you challenged.

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BC Institute of Technology

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