Technical Writing Certification

Developing Professionals, Setting Technical Writing Standards, and Serving the Technical Writing Industry through Education and Certification

Welcome to the Certified Technical Writing Specialist (CTWS) website, which was developed by the Certification Testing Service (CTS). CTS through its CTWS certification provides support services, educational programs, public outreach and professional credentialing for the technical writing profession. The mission of the CTWS technical writing certification is to serve both the interests of the technical writing profession as well as that of the public.

The field of technical writing is broad in scope, making the technical writing certification process particularly important as a consistent standard of work quality. For example, technical writers prepare operating and maintenance manuals, catalogs, parts lists, assembly instructions, sales promotion materials, and project proposals. Many technical writers work with engineers on technical subject matters to prepare written interpretations of engineering and design specifications and other information for a general readership. Technical writers may also serve as part of a team conducting usability studies to help improve the design of a product that is still in the prototype stage of design. They plan and edit technical materials and oversee the preparation of illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and charts.

The practice of technical writing is simply and most broadly “the profession of communicating technical information in easily understandable language.” Technical writing certification assures the public, institutions, and employers that a technical writer meets a measurable, comparable and third-party-verified standard of professional expertise.