Engineering essentials

Technical report writing (Armed Forces Training Scheme)

Learn the principles of technical document creation and how to make this task as simple as possible.

6 hours

Members: £183.33 + VAT
Non-members: £183.33 + VAT

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Technical report writing (Armed Forces Training Scheme)


£183.33 Plus vat
Non Members:
£183.33 Plus vat


Learn the principles of technical document creation and how to make this task as simple as possible.

If you're involved in technical work you'll quickly discover the challenges presented when trying to communicate ideas, information, proposals or recommendations to others. All too often, the impact of many hours of work can hinge on your ability to explain the results quickly and effectively.

In this course, we present the key principles of technical document creation and explain how to make the task as simple as possible. We show you how to use tools and techniques to improve the quality and reduce the time you need to produce effective documents.

We focus on what makes your writing more effective and more efficient. We discuss the differences between industrial writing and academic writing as well as alternatives to writing a report.

We cover structure, layout, writing style and other fundamental areas in general terms, but as we have prepared this course specifically for engineers we also deal with planning, appropriate use of Microsoft Word, and common errors engineers often make.

Our trainers are highly qualified Chartered Engineers and Fellows of the Institution, all with extensive experience in the engineering industry. With their technical and management backgrounds, they can speak with authority based on practical experience.

The trainers cover all aspects of technical reports, from writing to reviewing and approving, and also the business context of commissioning and receiving technical reports.

Delivery format

This courses comprises of three 2-hour virtual classrooms delivered using interactive virtual classroom technology.

Standard Learning Credits

If you wish to use your Standard Learning Credits (SLC), 80% of the cost (up to £175) could be claimed back through the SLC process, minimising the costs to you, who will only need to cover the remaining £45.

How to claim SLC

  1. Complete the MOD Form 1950 and follow the necessary steps to have it approved
  2. Book the course you wish to undertake
  3. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate that provides proof of training
  4. Claim 80% of the course fee up to a maximum of £175 per financial year

If you are planning to claim SLC, please contact your Education Centre for more information prior to paying for/starting these courses.

Who should attend?

Armed forces personnel, engineers and non-engineers, at all levels but is particularly useful for those new to report writing in a business context.

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

• Define and agree the purpose of the report
• Understand the needs of your readers
• Design a document structure to get your message across effectively
• Identify the necessary content and have an appropriate layout
• Use a number of readily available tools to assist with report writing
• Edit more competently and eliminate avoidable mistakes
• Adopt a clear and concise writing style and measure it using Microsoft statistics
• Reference and quote correctly, and not infringe copyright
Contributes 6 CPD hours

Key topics

• Planning your report
• Report structure
• Editing
• Grammar and styling
• Assessment of your writing style

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: D

  1. Communication and inter-personal skills - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Technical report writing (Armed Forces Training Scheme).

  • Jean Billingsley

    Jean Billingsley

    Jean has 25 years’ experience in engineering and project management, holding senior management positions at Rolls-Royce and Alstom, most recently as Programme Manager.
  • Penny Taylor

    Penny Taylor CEng FIMechE FWES

    Penny is a Fellow of the Institution and has over 20 years experience in the automotive industry and is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator.

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