The Plain Language Academy is an online learning program designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to enhance creating clear communication. The Foundation program consists of six courses, offered sequentially. Courses run throughout the year.
We are passionate about giving people access to our decades of plain language experience. We designed the Academy to reflect these plain language principles:
I certainly benefited from this class and will take another one soon!" MR
Is the Academy for me?
If you create any of the following, information, plain language skills will help you:
The Plain Language Academy Foundation online program includes:
1. Plain Language Basics--Jan 2, open intake.
2. Plain Language Writing and Editing–running now. Jan 2, open intake.
3. Audience Awareness—Jan. 2, 2017.
4. Plain Language Design—Apr. 1, 2017.
5. Testing and Evaluating—Mar. 1, 2017.
6. Final Project—Apr. 1, 2017.
Bold titles are links to registration.
Course Completion Recognition
When you successfully complete the six Foundation courses, you will receive a Certificate for each course and a Letter of Completion recognizing your accomplishment in finishing a course of study.*
*But it is not a guarantee of skill-levels or competence in English.
PLA Course Calendar
Our experienced instructors have designed the courses to be completed in four to six weeks, but will keep them open longer. We want you to be able to finish all courses successfully.
New in 2017
In January 2017 series two offers Course 1 and Course 2 on an open registration—you choose when you start and finish (although we recommend you think about 4-6 weeks per course)! The remaining four Foundation courses will follow on a monthly basis. Take the full set, or pick and choose.
A number of new courses on specific plain language topics, like clear emails, environmental reports, use of graphics, tables and charts, will be added to the Academy selection.
Other ways to learn
Join an Academy Google Hangout on hot plain language topics.
Watch our PLAinView videos on the Plain Language Academy YouTube channel.