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 hotbed of technical communication education, as reflected in the changes in curriculum at established and new institutions. Check out your options…

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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

Launched in January 2005, BCIT’s Technical Writing Associate Certificate is a part-time program offered through the Communication Department. Instructors are industry experts still active in the field and vetted for their teaching ability, not just the excellence and currency of their knowledge.

Capilano University

North Vancouver, Extension Programs (604) 984-1727

Capilano University offers an Interactive Design diploma program. The curriculum of this two-year program is founded on the conceptual fundamentals of communication in interactive media. The first year of the program encompasses all of the skills necessary to plan, design and implement websites. The second year includes advanced studies in one of three specializations: web design and development; disc-based interactive multimedia; and e-Learning.

Douglas College

New Westminster (604) 527-5292

Douglas—Home of the well-respected, full-time professional writing program called Print Futures, Douglas College has bowed to increasing demand and opened up most of the course to part-time students.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Surrey/Langley (604) 599-2100

Kwantlen doesn’t have an established technical communication program per se, but offers an array of Applied Communication (CMNS) courses.

For more information, check out the Applied Communications.

Langara College

Vancouver (604) 323-5322.

The two-year journalism program at Langara is well-respected and now offers some courses on a part-time basis.

Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Harbour Centre Campus, Vancouver (778) 782-8000, for Continuing Studies Enrollment Services and information

SFU Continuing Studies offers not only well-established, non-credit certificate programs in Technical Communication and Editing, but also introduced a new Plain Language certificate program in 2016—all three programs are available online. SFU also provides Marketing and Communications programs, courses and one-day boot camps to help you build your skills in business writing, editing, marketing, design and print production.

In addition, SFU offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in Interactive Arts and Technology at its Surrey Campus.

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Vancouver (604) 822-1444

UBC offers a plethora of choices in Computer Science; you can learn about software for various platforms, at differing levels and for a wide range of prices. Check out course offerings in Web Development, Word Processing, Database Applications, Integrated Software, Spreadsheets, Statistics, Project Planning, Desktop Publishing, Graphics, Presentation, CD-ROM Production, Digital Imaging and Audio, Digital Video and Animation, Authoring, Networks, Operating Systems, and much more.

University of Victoria (UVic)

Victoria (250) 721-7306

The Professional Writing Program at the University of Victoria is jointly offered by the Department of English and the Department of Writing. All Professional Writing Students are advised to apply to the Arts and Writing Co-op to obtain on-the-job experience. The goal of the program is to develop skills required to succeed as a professional writer in business, industry, government, journalism and publishing.

Vancouver Community College (VCC)

Vancouver (604) 443-8668

Business and Technical Writing Certificate Program

Clear and concise writing can work for you! Learn to sell your ideas and present information in a variety of written forms. Technical communication requires special skills. Today’s professionals spend more of their time producing written documentation. Courses will be of interest to those in diverse fields, including science, health, technology and all business occupations. Assignments are designed to build your professional portfolio. This program consists of nine, one day courses. Participants may register for courses individually. Courses offered on Saturdays on a rotating basis.

Course Advisor: Jennifer Gossen, (604) 871.7000 x 8670

Program Assistant: Dorothy Giroux, (604) 871.7000 x 8383


Vancouver Film School

Vancouver (604) 685-5808

The Vancouver Film School is a private school offering a wide range of courses in multimedia and animation; many are available part time.

Writing for film, TV, and interactive media

Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Nanaimo/Powell River (877) 888-8890

Technical Communication Certificate Program – Almost every product comes with documentation produced by technical writers. Get started on this in-demand career path.