Plain Language

Communicate clearly with any audience

Demand is growing for plain language specialists who can strip away bureaucratic lingo and communicate effectively with the public. Our plain language courses and certificate program will allow you to develop your skills in this critical communication area and apply them immediately to any work setting.

  • Take fully online courses on a flexible schedule
  • Learn from established industry professionals
  • Develop a professional network of peers



3–10 weeks/course


Take our plain language courses one at a time to suit your work schedule.

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August 2019

27 Writing Plain Language for Law PLNL510 PLNL510-ON1194

September 2019

3 Advanced User Analysis PLNL320 PLNL320-ON1197

10 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON11971

October 2019

29 Plain Language Final Project PLNL410 PLNL410-ON1197

November 2019

5 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON11972

5 Plain Language in Health Literacy PLNL520 PLNL520-ON1197

12 Plain Graphics and Design PLNL310 PLNL310-ON1197

Part-Time Certificate Program


8 courses

Finish in 1 year


Our hands-on Plain Language Certificate can help you develop in-demand plain language skills in as little as one year.

You'll learn to:

  • Write and edit information following plain language principles
  • Target communications to specific audiences
  • Work with graphic designers to produce effective communication pieces
  • Analyze and improve communications for clarity

Through your choice of electives, you can add specialized training in plain language for legal, health or technical settings.

Is this program for you?

We’ve designed our certificate for professionals in fields ranging from publishing and marketing to government and law. Our students include:

  • Writers and editors expanding their skills

  • Marketing and communications professionals

  • Graphic designers

  • Public service providers

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