Welcome to the Certificate in Technical & Professional Communication!

Make the world more accessible. As a technical and professional writer, you’ll put scientific and technical information into easily understandable language. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to create scientific and technical reports, operating and maintenance manuals, catalogues, assembly instructions, sales promotion materials and project proposals. Your varied skills will help you on any career path, whether you end up communicating research findings for scientific or medical professions, organizing information for advertising or public relations, or interpreting data for a general audience.

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Skills You’ll Learn

  • Learn what helps and what interferes with communication
  • Discover ways to transform information into words in a clear and compelling way
  • Critically analyze problems, think creatively and make solid decisions while considering all sides of an argument
  • Clearly explain complex ideas and apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas


As a Technical & Professional Communication certificate graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue graduate studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:

  • Technical writer
  • Professional writer
  • Language consultant
  • Editor
  • Copy editor

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Technical & Professional Communication.

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real-world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. Here are some of the opportunities for Technical & Professional Communication students:

  • Volunteer in an organization or association, such as the Canadian Public Relations Society
  • Create projects with the Glendon Digital Media Lab
  • Participate in workshops about skills and career development to build your transferable skills
  • Engage with guest speakers who can share their industry experience with you

Admission Requirements

This certificate is open to the following applicants: 

  • Current York students enrolled in the second year of a degree program in a relevant discipline, such as English, history or translation, or information technology 
  • New applicants to York who already hold a university degree in a related discipline 
  • New applicants to York who have recent work experience in an administrative or a technical field that requires writing

Check out the admission requirements for non-York students

Meet Your Professors

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Jamie Roberts
Course Director


Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Technical & Professional Communication students use the most.

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