About the ISTC

The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC) is the largest UK body representing information development professionals.

If you are involved in technical writing, technical illustration, or communicating technical information in other ways, it’s the professional association that can help you through your career. The ISTC encourages professional development and standards, research resources and networking opportunities for its members and industry affiliates. It also promotes technical communication as a profession.

Technical Communicators have a variety of different job titles. For example: Technical Author, Technical Writer, Content Developer, Content Strategist, Documentarian, Information Designer, Publication Manager, Documentation Manager, Information Developer, Technical Illustrator or Translator. Sometimes, Technical Communicators have more generic job titles, such as Engineer or Developer. For us, it’s is what you do that matters, rather than your job title.

What the ISTC offers

When you join, there are five key ways the ISTC can help you:

1. Professional development and recognition

These include:

  • Resources and opportunities to develop and diversify skills, and stay up to date with trends and technologies.
  • Mentoring schemes
  • Training
  • The UK Technical Communication Awards to recognise your success in creating clear, concise and effective information products.

“People should be aware of how being a Member/Fellow is considered to be valid for pre-employment screening purposes and so aids in securing work. Marvellous! I think it’s a very positive that organisations value the ISTC and so include it as being valid for screening purposes!”

John Nicholas ISTC (Fellow)

See: Professional development and recognition

2. Communicator professional journal

Communicator is our award-winning quarterly professional journal covering the breadth of technical communications, offering in-depth articles, case studies, book and product reviews.


See: Read the latest issue of Communicator and how to subscribe

3. ISTC Community

The ISTC offers opportunities to network, exchange expertise, and stay in touch with the UK technical communication industry – through a range of online groups, local events and a free monthly newsletter, InfoPlus+


See: ISTC Community

4. Technical Communication UK conference

The ISTC hosts Technical Communication UK, the annual conference that aims to meet the needs of technical communicators, their managers and clients, from every corner of the industry.

TCUK logo

See: Technical Communication UK website

5. Resources

The ISTC offers access to discounted essential resources, including British Standards publications and free access ot the Oxford Reference Online.


See: Publications and Resources

Who are our members?

As technical communication encompasses a wide range of activities, our members come from virtually every industry and area of society within the UK as well as internationally, who all need to communicate complex or important information effectively.

We are a member of PARN


By being a Member of the Professional Associations Research Network, our professional body is:

  • Committed to good practice
  • Kept up to date on current research
  • Part of a network of professional bodies that learn from and share with each other

Join the ISTC

You can join the ISTC if you are interested or involved in technical communication of any kind.