Plain Language Certificate

Do you need to communicate complex information? From government to health care to law, demand is growing for plain language specialists in a variety of work settings. In our online certificate program, you’ll learn practical techniques to strip away jargon and bureaucratese and produce clear, accessible writing that speaks directly to your intended audience.

Overview

Courses: 6 + electives
Format: Part-time
Location: Online
Next info session: Wed, 01 May 2024 12:00 PM PDT
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Why this program?

  • Gain the knowledge to work as a plain language specialist
  • Build specialized writing skills in your choice of areas, such as health or law
  • Learn from experienced plain language practitioners
  • Take fully online courses on a flexible schedule
  • Start with individual courses and apply to the program at any time
  • Graduate with a certificate that confers SFU alumni status along with its benefits

Format

Part-time

Location

Online

Program completion

16 months to 5 years (from start date of first course)
To graduate, complete all courses with a minimum average grade of B- (70%).

Course duration

3–10 weeks (9–30 instructional hours)

Course work

6–10 hours/week

Schedule

Self-paced within set deadlines

Courses

Required courses in recommended order (but take in any order, except PLNL410, which should be completed last):

Elective courses (minimum 20 hours; choose from list):

Learning materials

See individual courses for textbook details

Cost

$350–$930/course, not including textbooks
$75 program application fee

Application info

No application deadline. Take individual courses and apply to the program at any time.

Do you live in B.C.? 
If you’re eligible for the StrongerBC future skills grant, sign up for our email list to receive updates on potential fall 2024 funding. 

Application requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Mature students who do not meet this requirement may qualify with at least 5 years of appropriate experience
  • Advanced English Language Requirements

See Application details for more info.

Register for individual courses at any time, with the option to apply to the program later.

Course Name
Start Date
Location
Instructor
Cost
Seats Available
Action
Start DateTue, Mar 26, 2024
LocationOnline
InstructorJulie Clement
Cost$370.00
Seats Available5
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Mar 26, 2024
LocationOnline
Cost$350.00
Seats Available11
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, May 7, 2024
LocationOnline
InstructorIva Cheung
Cost$370.00
Seats Available6
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, May 14, 2024
LocationOnline
InstructorJulie Clement
Cost$350.00
Seats Available24
ActionRegister
Start DateThu, May 16, 2024
LocationOnline
InstructorVlad Konieczny
Cost$930.00
Seats Available0
Start DateTue, Jun 4, 2024
Location- Online
InstructorKari Hasselriis
Cost$630.00
Seats Available0
Start DateTue, Jun 18, 2024
LocationOnline
InstructorKari Hasselriis
Cost$350.00
Seats Available23
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 10, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available24
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 10, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$555.00
Seats Available5
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 17, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$370.00
Seats Available24
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 24, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$630.00
Seats Available20
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 24, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$370.00
Seats Available24
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 15, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 22, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$630.00
Seats Available20
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 29, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$525.00
Seats Available12
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Nov 19, 2024
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Jan 14, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available24
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Jan 14, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$630.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Mar 25, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Mar 25, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$370.00
Seats Available20
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, May 13, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$370.00
Seats Available5
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, May 20, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Jun 10, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$630.00
Seats Available18
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Jun 24, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 16, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 16, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$555.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 23, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$370.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 30, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$630.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 30, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$370.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 21, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$350.00
Seats Available25
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 28, 2025
LocationOnline
Instructor-
Cost$630.00
Seats Available9
ActionRegister

Enroll in the certificate program to:

  • Track your progress in your student account
  • Access potential tax credits
  • Be eligible to graduate when you finish

Do you live in B.C.?

If you’re eligible for the StrongerBC future skills grant, sign up for our email list to receive updates on potential 2024 funding.

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