Course summary
Length: 2 days
Price: 949 GBP excl. VAT
Location: Birmingham, Bristol, London
Next available date: 21/11/2017 - London

Course Description

IET Courses

Technical Report Writing - 2-day technical writing skills course

This two-day training course analyses report preparation from the earliest stages of identifying the reader and the objectives to the effective presentation of the complete document. The course is highly practical, giving delegates the opportunity to analyse technical writing in terms of style and grammar and to assess their own and their company’s policy for the revision and checking of documents before they are issued. Methods of structuring report material are suggested and practised.

Summaries are increasingly important: they make an initial impact, particularly on senior management, and may be used by readers who will never need the full report. The course includes discussion of summary writing and the opportunity to put ideas into practice.

Although the course primarily involves writing technical reports, delegates often ask for advice about other forms of technical documentation, such as correspondence and e-mails, specifications and procedures; the tutor is happy to discuss such needs, within the group, if it is appropriate, or individually.

Participants of this course are asked to send a sample in advance of a short report or other technical document they have written. The tutor will review these documents and discuss them with delegates individually at some point during the second day. Many have stated that this brief ‘tutorial’ has been particularly useful in allowing them to assess their own work and to discuss how it can be improved in the future.

The objectives of this course are to help participants at:

  • Identifying the readership and the report objectives
  • Writing clearly and unambiguously
  • Structuring the data to achieve maximum impact
  • Revising and thoroughly checking the document
  • Presenting the report effectively, thus achieving reader goodwill

This course can also be offered in the in-house/company specific format for groups of participants.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This Technical Report Writing course is suitable  for all those aiming to improve their  technical writing skills, especially engineers and technical editors.

Training Course Content

The course includes:

  • A flexible session adapted for the group, for example: specifications and proposals; effective use of templates;
  • Balance and emphasis: using headings effectively (workshop and discussion);
  • Summary writing;
  • Group work and individual tutorial session (delegates work on an exercise, while reports received in advance are returned and discussed individually);
  • Checking the report;
  • Closing discussion.


The cost of this course is £949 + VAT. Early bird discounts and member prices can apply.
Contact the IET for details.

This course can also be delivered in-house,
Contact the IET for more information if you wish to arrange this course on your premises.

Provider: The Institution of Engineering and Technology - IET

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