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The ability to writing coherently and in a digestible manner is required across all industries, not simply in journalistic and creative contexts. The ability to communicate effectively through the written word immediately improve your employment prospects and increase your ability to advance within your organisation to more responsible positions.

Throughout this professional development course, you will learn:

  • Effective Business Communication
  • Correct Grammar and Plain English
  • How to write in a variety of business formats
  • To write in plain English across formats

At Australian College, we offer a comprehensive online learning experience. You can complete your course online in your own time and at your own pace.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Certificate in Professional Writing (Plain English and Business Writing)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Professional Writer
  • Plain English Writer
  • Business Writer

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
Payment Option 2 - $300.00 Deposit then 20 x $100.00 Weekly = $2,300.00*
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Course units

Unit 1 - Foundations of Plain English and Business Writing

Reading 1 - The Power of Plain English

What is Plain English?
Key Features of Plain English
Effective Communication in Business
Reasons for Writing

Reading 2 - Writing Style

Sentence Structure
Punctuation for Clarity
Correct Grammar and Plain English
Vocabulary and Style
Writing Paragraphs
Clear Layout
The Use of Graphics

Unit 2 - Development of Plain English and Business Writing

Reading 1 - Writing Business Documents

Writing for a Specific Purpose
Writing Business Letters
Writing Emails, Faxes and Memos
Writing Minutes and Briefing Notes
Writing Submissions
Writing Reports
Writing Promotional Material and Advertising Copy
Writing Newsletters and Bulletins
Writing Electronic Presentations and Website Content

Reading 2 - Plain English in Practice

Emails in Plain English
Reports in Plain English
Letters in Plain English
Newsletters in Plain English

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Student reviews

"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college!"

Yvonne Clarke

Combine employment and training in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
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