Free Technical Writing Certificate – Step by Step Instructions

Written by Angel Candelario


More and more people are seeking to transition to a career in technical writing. Many of them do not have the resources to pay for their education in this field and get a certificate or diploma from a respected institution.  If you are one of those people, or want to know a little more about technical writing this article will be of interest to you.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public.  All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

You do not have to be a US citizen to access, download and use the course materials however; they do not provide certificates of completion or process final examinations for Non-US citizens.  Training completion certificates are only awarded to fully registered students accepted into the Independent Study learning management system.


Opportunities for Non-US Citizens

Non-US citizens may request access to complete Independent Study courses.  Non-US citizens do not have a social security number but will be assigned a unique student identifier if approved for training, the NETC policy at this time for a Non-US Citizen to take IS courses is as follows:

  1. The non-US citizen must have a United States organization as a sponsor (i.e., fire department, police department, state emergency organization, college or university).
  2. In addition, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) may sponsor their members. Details regarding IAEM sponsorship may be found online here.
  3. The sponsoring organization must make a written request on their official organization letterhead. For information regarding student ID please read here. 

About IS-613 Technical Writing Course

The IS-613 Technical Writing course is designed as an asynchronous course.  The course will consist of multiple modules instructing to the comprehension of research, writing, and graphic communications principles.

At the conclusion of the IS-613 Technical Writing course, the participant will be able to;

  1. Identify the proper use of research in training project development.
  2. Describe the various characteristics of written communications.
  3. Explain the communication features of graphics and visual media.

Primary Audience

The audience for this course consists of training personnel and managers and those who wish to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of training and development.


Steps to obtain the certificate

Step 1 – Download the training material


Step 2 – Study with the training material provided. 

It may take approximately ten hours to complete the course. I recommend you take the time to review it and if you have any questions you can bring it to technical writers groups in LinkedIn such as Technical Writer In Action.  Surely you will get an answer.


Step 3 – Take Final Exam Online

If you successfully pass the exam, you will get a notification via email along with the link where you can download your certificate. Best of luck!

Fema Certificate

4 thoughts on “Free Technical Writing Certificate – Step by Step Instructions

  1. Thanks Angel! I downloaded the material… Is this something that you can take multiple times, or do you just get one pass (having been a technical writer for 17 years now I would like to know how well I do BEFORE reading the material–Just curious)?

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