Technical writer: skills they need

The skills and Civil Service competencies needed by technical writers in government.



This is the standardised cross-government guidance for the technical writer role.

There is 1 other role level in technical writing:

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Published 23 March 2017
Last updated 4 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Following a change in naming conventions, we have changed 'capabilities' to 'skills' and 'levels of mastery' to 'skill levels'.
  2. We have added the capability 'Technical understanding' in response to a request from the community.
  3. Version 2 of this guidance contains updated capabilities and some remapping of Civil Service competencies to the job role.
  4. First published.