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  Our international team of experienced trainers is ready to guide you.  

it's about choice
content creators
it's about skills for communicators
it's about clarity

New! Courses, instructors, options

Enhance communication results with
plain language courses designed for you

Our award-winning team specializes in helping communicators develop information that is
reader-relevant, quickly navigated, easily understood and effective to use.


Our courses follow this model. They are client-oriented, efficient to navigate, easy to understand and effective when turned into actions.


The interactive experience will help you enhance existing skills, gain new ones and improve  client-centred communication. We look at audiences, writing, editing, design, feedback, delivery and strategy.

Want more efficiency?  Need to be better connect with clients? Have a communication problem to solve? Plain language can be the answer. We are here to help you move forward.

Join the Academies and enhance your skills

Just three steps away

1. Select your learning option
English, French, Spanish

Choose the Academy that suits your needs: Plain Language Academy (English), Académie du langage clair et simple (French), and Academia de Lenguaje Claro (Spanish). 

​PLA offers Core and Advanced options. Our partners offer specialized courses.

We recommend the three Core courses, offered with an optional package with  discount, if you are just getting started. Or, choosing an Advanced topic that meets your current or future professional needs.

Courses can be self-directed online or interactive. You will get instructor support and feedback. Certificates are presented for successful completion of each course and a Letter of Achievement for successfully completing six.

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2. Create PLA account 

Next, create your Academy account in Moodle to access courses.​

Go to

This same account will work for future Academy course registrations.

Note: Each Academy may use their own system. Check their site for details and links.


3. Choose your course and register

Once you set up your account, choose a course.

Use the P PayPal logo and submit fee using the PayPal link. You do not need a PayPal account and credit cards are accepted. Invoices available upon request.

When payment is accepted you will be registered and have access when the course begins.


Discover new courses in 2024

Register your interest at​

  • The ISO Plain Language Standard: how to make it work
    in organizations

  • Getting Started with Accessibility​

  • Connecting with Citizens and Stakeholders

The Letter of Achievement program covered so much more than just plain writing. It helped me to plan, design, and test texts, and to understand different types of readers and their needs.

Tracy W, CTA, 
after successfully completing 6 courses

Get to know the Academies


Kate is a Lifetime Membership (2022)

for her contributions to co-creating

PLAIN and advocacy work.


 PLA team won the 2021 PLAIN
Cheryl Stephens Award

for Innovation.


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​"Plain language has no boundaries and we continue to serve writers from around the globe with our training."

Kate Harrison Whiteside, PLAcademies


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