Plain Language Training Guides

Human Resource Development Canada once funded development of a Plain Language Online Training site which no longer exists. The instructional content of the site was adapted from a 1991 Government of Canada writing guide called Plain Language: Clear and Simple and an accompanying Trainer’s Guide.

Although both documents are difficult to find these days, according to Canadian editor Iva Cheung, “despite their age, they are among the best plain writing guides I have come across”. She has made pdf copies available (in both official languages) for free download on Google Drive. If you are interested, click here to go to her site. They are also available for free download on Clear Communication Wiki.

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2 Responses to “Plain Language Training Guides”
  1. Julie says:

    Do you know of anywhere where one can get qualifications in plain language editing or consulting? Thank you.

  2. PSWriter says:

    You will find alot of “training” possibilities in PL writing on the internet Julie. As for “professional certification” training in editing, you might look at what the Editors Association of Canada has to offer at or check their certification requirements at

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