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.
Which courses can I choose?
The Plain Language Academy online program is built around six core courses, which can be taken as a whole program or individually. Successfully complete all six for individual certificates and a Letter of Achievement. Or, simply take the courses that interest you. Here is what's on offer.
Titles are registration links.
1. Plain Language Basics - Jan, Apr
2. Audience Awareness - Feb, May
3. Plain Language Writing and Editing - Mar, June
4. Clear Design Practices - Apr, Sept
5. Testing and Evaluating - May, Oct
6. Plain Language Project - June, Nov
Coaching and Consulting Add-on Options: see registration page.
*Additional fees for tailored services. *Flexible starting dates.
Bundled: Course 1-5 offer
$899 (save $146). Registration link.
Editing for Plainer Legal Writing with Cheryl Stephens
Individual course fees: $209.00 $CAD
Go to Our Courses for more details.
A program built on passion
We are passionate about giving people access to our decades of plain language experience. We designed the Academy to reflect these plain language principles:
Special thanks to Cheryl Stephens for her content contributions to Academy courses.
Why is the Academy for me?
If you create any of the following information, plain language skills will help you:
Course Completion Recognition
When you successfully complete each course you receive a certificate. With all six Foundation courses, you also receive a Letter of Achievement.
* But it is not a guarantee of skill-levels or competence in English.
Courses are designed to be completed in four-six weeks. Unless special permission is granted, after two months from the start date you will be removed from the course and required to re-register to start at a later date.
All courses must be paid for and successfully completed to receive a certificate. If course is not completed within designated time, and no permission for extension has been granted, registrants will have to re-register and pay again to complete.