Where can you get a qualification or certification in plain language?

Below are plain language training and certification programs that reputable organizations provide.  We list them here because we believe completing a training program can give you tools to address a wide variety of plain language issues.  Please note:

  • We do not endorse any of these programs; we list them for informational purposes only
  • We currently do not offer our own plain language training or certification
  • Plain language practitioners do not need to be certified

Please contact us if we have missed any programs you think we should include here.

Simon Fraser University

Plain Language Certificate at SFU

The need for plain language expertise is growing, as governments and organizations around the world recognize the importance of precise, clear communication with the public. Plain language skills are now in demand in an increasing number of fields—including publishing, law, education, government, health services, immigrant services, marketing, PR, technical communications and graphic design.

SFU’s part-time, online Plain Language Certificate program is designed for communication professionals ready to expand their skills. Our comprehensive training will allow you to convey any message so that the broadest possible audience can understand it.

You’ll learn from established industry experts who bring real-world knowledge and experience in plain language communication. Our flexible, online program is ideal for working professionals, and you can complete your certificate in as little as one year.

IC Clear

In October 2011, one Canadian and four European partners united to develop a postgraduate course in clear communication. The project was led by Karine Nicolay and supported by the lifelong learning program and the clear writing campaign of the European Commission.

The course was piloted on 2015-6. It is currently on hold. You can read more on page 28 of the Clarity journal number 70

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