Rapidly expanding software, hardware, consumer electronics, biopharmaceutical and financial services industries have increased the demand for technical communicators and editors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Technical communicators play a vital role in bridging the gap between subject matter experts (such as scientists and engineers) and those who must understand how to implement their ideas. The Professional Sequence in Technical Communication offers the skills to translate complex concepts and gain a competitive edge in the field.

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Courses

Required CoursesCourses may be taken in any order, but we recommend that you begin with either Technical Communication I or Technical Writing.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
(The online course Technical Writing can be substituted for Technical Communication I.)
JOURN X465 Technical Communication I 2 Classroom Available
OR
ENGLISH X412 Technical Writing 3 Online Available
JOURN X466 Technical Communication II 2 Online Available
JOURN X437 Technical Editing 2 Classroom Not Available
Electives
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
JOURN X448 Developing Online Help 2 Not Available
JOURN X443 Document Design Using FrameMaker 2 Not Available
JOURN X422 Managing Technical Documentation Projects 1 Not Available
INFO X461 Principles of Information Architecture 2 Not Available
JOURN X467 Visual Design for Technical Communication 2 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

There are no formal prerequisites for the Professional Sequence in Technical Communication. However, it is recommended that students have good editing skills and attention to detail.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 3 required courses and 12 electives for a total of 8 semester units (120 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better (no C– grades) in each course. All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the program. It will take a minimum of one year to complete.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Professional Sequence in Technical Communication, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to melodywells@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.