Take Plain-Language Training
Plain-language training is available in many forms—ranging from traditional instructor-led training to correspondence courses and computer-based training. This page provides links to some of the plain language training resources we have found. If you know of training resources that we have overlooked, please contact us.
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We provide a free half-day introduction to plain language to federal agencies. You must have at least 30 participants and pay the trainer's expenses. Ask us if one of our experienced trainers is available for your agency. Contact us.
Free online training
The Department of the Army made this training module , intended for "Action Officers" (staff officers), available to us.
NIH offers a free plain language internet-based training course. Most of the examples relate to medical writing.
The Plain Train website offers free online training to individuals.
Other online training
The Plain English Campaign's internet-based training course offers online training to individuals. There is a charge for this course.
The Word Centre offers a computer-based teach-yourself course for individuals. There is a charge for this course.
Editor Software offers a computer-based training program in plain language writing style for individuals or entire agencies. There is a charge for this program, but you can download a trial version that works for 10 hours.
The government of Mexico kicked off a program in 2004 encouraging plain language in government writing. You can download this compressed file of the materials they prepared for the participants. This material is in Spanish.