Part-time, onlinePlain Language Certificate

Application requirements

In order to apply for the Plain Language Certificate program, you must have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. You need an excellent command of written and spoken English and good computer skills.

Experience working in a related field, such as editing, technical writing or journalism, will be a strong asset. Please note that this program will not teach you to write but will hone your existing writing skills.

Please include the following with your application:

  • A résumé that includes your education and work history.
  • A letter explaining why you would like to be considered for the program (no more than 500 words).
  • A sample of your writing (no more than 1,000 words). Feel free to use assignments from any of your courses as examples.

You can also take individual courses toward the certificate before you apply. If you are accepted to the program at a later date, any courses that you complete successfully (that are part of the Plain Language Certificate curriculum at the time you apply) will count toward your certificate.

We review applications as we receive them and will contact you about the status of your application.

For application fee and deadline, visit Program details.

English language requirements

To succeed in this program, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score of 6.5.
  • All bands 6.0 or higher.
  • A minimum writing band score of 8.0.

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.