Plain language certification
I offer Plain Language Certification through PlainLanguagePro.
Plain language certification provides an independent assessment of your document’s readability. It’s designed to give readers confidence that your documents have been crafted with care and written with their needs in mind.
Through Plain Language Certification, you can provide evidence that you’ve developed and tested your documents in a systematic way. Certification shows you’ve got your readers’ interests at heart.
BRONZE-Level Certification shows you’ve used plain language techniques in writing and designing the document. It demonstrates that your document is likely to be easily understood by its intended readers. This level of certification focuses on the way the text is written.
SILVER-Level Certification confirms the document has been written from the perspective of readers and based on reader research. This level of certification combines research about readers’ needs with the principles of plain language.
GOLD-Level Certification confirms the document has been developed and tested with readers. This level of certification focuses on the overall effectiveness of the document and measures its success with readers.
I’m a Gold-Level Certifier with PlainLanguagePro, offering all three levels of certification.
PlainLanguagePro Certification is a fee-based service. I can provide an independent assessment of your existing documents, or provide certification as part of my writing and editing services. As part of the certification, I can provide a written document assessment and conduct appropriate reader research. Certified documents are registered on a centralised database with PlainLanguagePro and are licenced to carry the certification mark.
For an example of PlainLanguagePro Certification, see my assessment of Logan City Council’s website.
Plain language certification provides independent assurance that your documents are written from the perspective of readers.