Part-time, onlinePlain Language Certificate
Frequently asked questions about this program
Q: What is the student/instructor ratio in SFU’s Plain Language Certificate?
A: The group size for the certificate program is no more than 30 students.
Q: Can I take individual courses in the Plain Language Certificate?
Q: I've completed some of the courses in this program as part of another program. Will those courses satisfy the requirements of this certificate?
A: Absolutely, any courses that you have completed successfully—with a minimum grade of B—that are part of the certificate curriculum at the time you apply will count toward your certificate if you are accepted into the program. The courses must have been completed in the last five years.
Q: The course I want to take is full. Can I join a waiting list?
A: Yes. We keep waiting lists for all of our courses.
Q: When will I find out whether I've been accepted to SFU's Plain Language Certificate?
A: After submitting your application, we'll review it. If we determine that you might be a good fit for the program, we'll contact you. Please note that application does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
Q: What do I need to do to graduate with the Plain Language Certificate?
A: Complete all courses with an overall grade of B in order to graduate with SFU’s Plain Language Certificate.
Q: Are scholarships or other funding available?
This program may be eligible for a Canada-British Columbia Job Grant, which could cover up to two-thirds of your tuition costs. Work with your employer to confirm your eligibility and share tuition costs with the Government of Canada.
The provincial government recently announced a tuition waiver for former youth in care attending public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. B.C. students who are between 19 and 26 years of age who have received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency through the Child, Family and Community Service Act may be eligible for a tuition waiver for all Continuing Studies courses and programs. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
The program is not eligible for any other B.C. or Canada Student Loans, but you are welcome to obtain funding through other sources such as your personal financial institution (line of credit, borrowing from RRSPs, etc.).
Frequently asked questions about SFU Continuing Studies
Q: Where do your courses take place?
A: Simon Fraser University has three campuses: in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. While undergraduate and graduate courses take place at all three campuses, we offer SFU Continuing Studies courses primarily at the Vancouver and Surrey campuses as well as the Surrey City Centre Library.
Please check course or program pages to find out where classes meet.
SFU Continuing Studies also offers online programs and courses, which are available to students anywhere in the world.
Q: When do your courses start?
A: While undergraduate and graduate courses start at the beginning of each semester (January, May and September), SFU Continuing Studies programs begin throughout the year. Please check course or program pages for start dates.
Q: Do I need to apply for admission if I want to take SFU Continuing Studies courses?
A: You do not have to apply for admission to register for most Continuing Studies courses, but there are application procedures for our certificate and diploma programs. Visit the certificate or diploma program pages for details.
Q: Can I apply for a study permit for SFU Continuing Studies programs?
A study permit is not needed if you want to take short-term courses or programs of study of six months or less. Our part-time Dialogue and Civic Engagement, Executive Leadership, Social Innovation and Urban Design certificates as well as The Writer's Studio, and our full-time English Language and Culture Program and Interpretation and Translation Program are the only programs that may entitle you to qualify for a study permit. For more information on study permits, contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada directly. The permit procedure for undergraduate and graduate students is available on SFU's Student Services website.
Q: Is there a different fee structure for international students?
A: Although undergraduate and graduate programs have different fee structures for international students, fees for Continuing Studies courses and programs are the same for domestic and international students.
Q: How do I find out about your free public events?
Q: Do you have a course about ... ?
A: Please search our website for courses and programs that might interest you. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we probably don't yet offer a course or program in that area. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-8000 if you have questions.
Q: How do I request a transcript?
Q: Can I access my grades online?
Q: Will I receive an income-tax receipt for my tuition?
A. If your SFU tuition fees exceed $100 in one calendar year, they may qualify as a tax credit. The payment receipt that we'll email you after you register is your official tax receipt. To determine whether your tuition fees qualify, consult the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.
Q: What is your policy on course cancellations and instructor substitutions?
A: We reserve the right to substitute instructors or cancel courses without liability. In the event of a cancellation, we will make every effort to give registered students adequate notice. To make this process easier, when you register for courses, please provide full contact information, including your home and business telephone numbers, email address(es) and a fax number.
Q: What is your policy on program withdrawals and tuition refunds?
Q: When I complete my program, what will my alumni status be?
Q: What is a cohort?
A: We call several of our programs cohort programs. This means you will work through the program courses with a group of your peers (called a cohort). Some program courses are available only to cohort students—that is, students who have been accepted to and are working through the entire program.