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
Completion time: 1 year
Location: Online
Next info session: Tue, 6 Sept 2022 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

Format

Part-time

Location

Online

Program completion

1–5 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:

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.

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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, Jul 12, 2022
LocationOnline
Cost$350.00
Seats Available26
ActionRegister
Start DateThu, Sep 8, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorVlad Konieczny
Cost$930.00
Seats Available16
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 13, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorJulie Clement
Cost$350.00
Seats Available30
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 20, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorFlora Gordon
Cost$555.00
Seats Available27
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Sep 20, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorIva Cheung
Cost$370.00
Seats Available21
ActionRegister
Start DateThu, Sep 22, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorNick Rockel
Cost$930.00
Seats Available19
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 4, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorKari Hasselriis
Cost$630.00
Seats Available28
ActionRegister
Start DateThu, Oct 6, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorVlad Konieczny
Cost$930.00
Seats Available18
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Oct 25, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorJulie Clement
Cost$630.00
Seats Available21
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Nov 22, 2022
LocationOnline
InstructorKari Hasselriis
Cost$350.00
Seats Available30
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Jan 10, 2023
LocationOnline
Instructor- TBD
Cost$350.00
Seats Available30
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Feb 7, 2023
LocationOnline
Instructor- TBD
Cost$370.00
Seats Available29
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Feb 28, 2023
LocationOnline
Instructor- TBD
Cost$555.00
Seats Available30
ActionRegister
Start DateTue, Mar 28, 2023
LocationOnline
Instructor- TBD
Cost$350.00
Seats Available30
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

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  • Denise Mullen has been writing for over 30 years, but she still sees room for improvement. As a self-identified ‘continuous learner’ she invested in the Plain Language Certificate program to bolster her writing ability in the workplace.
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  • Erin Klingmann is so passionate about ensuring government communication materials are clear and accessible that she’s carved out a career for herself doing exactly that.
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