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

Courses

Online

3–10 weeks/course

$350–$930/course

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

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October 2021

26 Plain Language Final Project PLNL410 PLNL410-ON12171

November 2021

23 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON12173

January 2022

6 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12211

11 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON12211

27 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12212

February 2022

8 Plain Graphics and Design PLNL310 PLNL310-ON12211

17 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12213

March 2022

29 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON12212

April 2022

5 Writing Plain Language for Law PLNL510 PLNL510-ON12211

May 2022

5 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12241

10 Advanced User Analysis PLNL320 PLNL320-ON12241

17 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON12241

19 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12242

26 Ethics and Legal Issues in Writing and Publishing BCPW210 BCPW210-ON12241

July 2022

12 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON12242

September 2022

8 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12271

20 Plain Graphics and Design PLNL310 PLNL310-ON12271

20 Plain Language in Health Literacy PLNL520 PLNL520-ON12271

22 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12272

October 2022

6 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON12273

25 Plain Language Final Project PLNL410 PLNL410-ON12271

Part-Time Certificate Program

Online

8 courses

Finish in 1 year

$4,360–$4,700

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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