Part-time, online Technical Communication Certificate

Program details

Format Part-time, online

Each course runs from four to 12 weeks and involves 12 to 20 hours of instruction.*

*Online courses can be accessed at your convenience via Canvas, our online course management system. 


The program is designed so that you may finish in two years. You have up to five years to complete the program.*

*Beginning on the day you start your first course (as long as the course is part of the program's curriculum when you apply). We encourage you to apply for admission to the program before or soon after you begin taking courses.

Courses There are 11 required courses.
Learning materials See individual course outlines for text, hardware and software requirements. The cost of textbooks is not included in your tuition. All other course materials are provided online at no additional cost. 
Tuition Tuition is based on the total cost of individual course fees, which range from $475 to $640.
Application fee $75 (non-refundable
Application deadline Apply anytime. There is no application deadline for this program. 

Study online with other professionals

Flexible scheduling

The curriculum is designed to meet the scheduling needs of a working professional. You can work from wherever you have a computer and an Internet connection. Your course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines are posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

Interactive environment

Studying online doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on interaction with others. You will work through the technical communication program with a cohort—a group of peers from different geographic and professional backgrounds who share their experiences, ideas, and expertise. Additionally, you may always contact your classmates and instructor(s) through Canvas.

Coursework: What to expect

Learn hands-on

Coursework reflects and builds upon the real-world experience that everyone brings to the program. Prepare to devote between six and 10 hours per week to 100-level courses, and 10 to 15 hours per week to 200 and 300-level courses. The Final Project will require 20 to 25 hours per week, depending on the nature of your project.

You’ll work through course modules a week at a time by reviewing content, readings and online research. Throughout the program, you'll also engage in online discussions through the course forum and complete individual or group assignments.

Work at your own pace

You will set your own coursework hours, following posted assignment timelines. You do not have to be online at specific times, but you will need to be online regularly. Some instructors hold optional, virtual office hours at specific times. You should plan to access the course at least once every two days to keep up with your work. 

English language requirements  

To meet the demands of the program, you should have an advanced level of spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score of 6.5
  • All bands 6.0 or higher
  • A writing band score of 8.0

If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

Technical information

You’ll access the courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection.

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of each course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

Evaluation and graduation

Evaluation methods vary, but you will receive a final letter grade (A to F or P or F) at the end of each course. To graduate with the Technical Communication Certificate, complete all the required courses with an overall grade of B- (70%). When you have successfully completed all your courses, please fill out the graduation application form. There is no fee to apply to graduate.