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DocuTools™ Writing System
Plain Language Essentials



Learn to apply concepts and techiques for developing business and professional documents in plain language
Receive and learn to use DocuTools™ Formatting Software
Taught by professional writers certified in DocuTools™
Classroom and online delivery options available


This course covers the core tenets of plain language as well as some best-practices of structured writing.

  • Using simplified, audience-appropriate  language
  • Organizing and chunking content for greatest impact
  • Using a highly-modular architecture to accommodate rapid access by mixed audiences
  • Optimal presentation of various types of information (e.g. procedure vs. process vs. policy)

Skills learned

You will learn to:

  • Address the information needs of the reader
  • Organize and present information to meet users' needs
    and expectations
  • Select words and expressions that are clear and easy to understand (and which words to avoid)
  • Practice writing "plain" procedures, processes and policies
  • Use DocuTools™ for MS Word to quickly create and edit professional documents
Intended Application

This course is intended for people developing:

  • Training reference materials
  • Policy and procedure manuals
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Employee handbooks
  • Rules and regulations
Who should attend

This course is for anyone who:

  • needs to write any kind of informational documentation
  • has a need to adhere to Plan Language standards. 
  What attendees receive

Each participant will receive:

  • Instruction, practice and feedback
  • One set of all job-aids, handouts and slides
    used during training
  • One user license for DocuTools™ 5
    for Word®
    (a $199 value)
  • Certificate of Completion signed by a
    Master PTA Instructor


Private, classroom training

At a time and location convenient for your team, PTA will provide a Certified instructor to deliver this course privately to a groups of 8 to 20. PTA supplies the instructor, all course materials and software. All you need to do is select a date and supply a suitable training room.  Please contact PTA for scheduling and pricing information.