Professional Certificate of Competency in Specification and Technical Writing

Course Overview


This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to understand how to research and prepare technical documents, especially those requiring technical specifications.

At a glance

  • 3 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Engineering Management

Course Details

Researching and preparing technical documents, especially those including technical specifications, calls for much effort and time. This course is designed to give you step by step guidance to writing these documents in a professional manner, for your target audience, and in a clear way. You will learn to write clear and concise formal reports, equipment manuals, and other technical documentation.

The course will demonstrate techniques to establishing more effective communication between technical and non-technical staff and foster skills relating to problem identification and solutions, plus enhancing skills in information seeking, research and organizing collected data in a non-conflicting, unambiguous manner.

It will also cover concepts related to technical writing, the preparation process, the use of language to communicate meaning, elements of a good technical document, writing technical specifications, presenting documents, and communicating technical presentations.

After completing this course, you will be able to systematically design and write accurate and comprehensive technical specifications, therefore improving project management and performance.

This course will provide you knowledge and skills in specification and technical writing, including how to write clearly and professionally, how to collect, organize, analyse and evaluate information, and to develop effective communication with technical as well as non-technical staff at all levels.

Module 1: Introduction to Technical Writing

  • What is technical writing? What makes it unique?
  • Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity (ABCs of technical writing)
  • Categories of readers
  • Effective communication
  • Expressing Vs. Impressing

Module 2: The Development Process

  • Preparing to write
  • Organizing the writing
  • Editing and revision

Module 3: Use of Language And Words

  • Readability
  • Clarifying the writing
  • Choice of vocabulary
  • Simplifying the writing

Module 4: The Elements of Technical Writing

  • Technical definitions
  • Technical descriptions

Module 5: Writing of Different Types Of Technical Reports

  • Formal report
  • Structure of report
  • Content
  • Conclusions
  • Appendices
  • Illustrations
  • References
  • Bibliography

Module 6: Writing of Other Technical Documents

  • Technical memo and background reports
  • Technical proposal
  • User manuals and maintenance manuals
  • Journal articles

Module 7: Overview of Design (Technical) Specifications

  • Specifications and design
  • Design process
  • Understanding the problem and the development of engineering specifications

Module 8: Technical Specification-Prerequisites to Writing

  • Planning to write the specification
  • Preparing the specification
  • Scope
  • Specification database
  • Basic specification information
  • Supporting information
  • Organizing input from different specialists and sources
  • Structure of technical specifications

Module 9: Writing of Technical Specifications – 1

  • Different types of technical specifications
  • Various uses of technical specifications
  • Creating a specification template
  • Writing the specification

Module 10: Writing of Technical Specifications – 2

  • Vetting the specification
  • Reviewing specifications
  • Errors in specifications
  • Specification approval and authorization
  • Hazardous materials
  • Conflicting requirements
  • Quantities
  • Professionalism
  • Do’s and don’ts of specification writing
  • Specification checklist

Module 11: Presentation Aspects

  • Appearance of the document
  • Text and design
  • Visual aids
  • Most common formats of graphics
  • Illustrations
  • Highlighting techniques
  • Tips for using illustrations/graphics
  • Transferring information from notes to graphics/graphics to notes

Module 12: Oral Delivery of Technical Presentations

  • What is communication?
  • Motivation and attention
  • Preparing your presentation
  • Make a positive impact
  • Using presentation aids effectively
  • Maximizing delivery impact
  • Handling difficult situations

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

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