Simplified Technical English is a simplified style of writing used primarily in the aerospace and defence industries. The language is concise and precise, and the volume of text is typically 20% less than standard text, making it easier to translate and use in different formats.
Our Simplified Technical English course teaches techniques for producing technical documents that are well-written, clear, concise, consistent and adhere the ASD-STE100 specification.
You will learn how to:
- Identify the qualities of well-written technical documentation.
- Develop and write clear, concise, and consistent technical documents.
- Create clear and directive topic sentences.
- Focus on creating clear paragraphs that raise the knowledge of your readership to the level required.
- Employ the core rules of ASD-STE100.
- Use the ASD-STE controlled dictionary.
Simplified Technical English training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Simplified Technical English courses. This approach means that we can tailor your training to your specific requirements and the type of documentation your organisation produces.
We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.
Simplified Technical English courses are hosted by highly experienced instructors, who have held senior technical authoring positions and have 30+ years’ experience in technical authoring and related roles. For further details, see Expert trainers.
How will I learn?
Training combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.
Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence writing effectively. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business.
You have ample opportunity to discuss specific requirements with the trainer.
Training guide, specification and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for Simplified Technical English, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
- A copy of the ASD-STE100 specification.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Simplified Technical English training course.
After course support
Following Simplified Technical English training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for Simplified Technical English training training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100) course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100) course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100) courses are hosted by Crow Dillon-Parkin and Peter Dillon-Parkin.
Crow has thirty years’ experience in technical authoring, and writing for business in the wider sense.
Her love of language, combined with a natural pickiness and attention to detail, has been put to good use in a variety of editing, writing, management and training roles.
Crow is a highly-experienced learning specialist who believes strongly in empowering authors through training. Clients for whom she has developed and delivered technical and business communication skills training include FW Pharma Systems, the Open College, the BBC, and Fitness First.
Crow has two degrees and a Certificate in Education. She is currently working on a range of books based on the writing courses she has developed.
Peter has thirty years’ experience in the IT industry in roles that have included Programmer, Author, Trainer, Business Analyst, Senior Manager and Education Management Consultant.
Peter’s technical authoring career began when, as a systems manager, he was asked to write a portable data terminal manual for sales reps. The reps learned how to use the new equipment, and Peter had found his niche.
He has written, designed and project-managed everything from printed manuals and technical specifications to online help and computer-based training materials, specialising in writing for an international audience. An expert in document automation and information re-purposing, he uses templates to avoid endlessly reinventing the wheel when producing documents.
Peter develops and teaches a wide range of technical and business writing training courses. Clients for whom Peter has recently consultancy services and training to include Learning Tree International, The Guardian, Canon Europe, the BBC, the MoD and the UN.
Techniques and practices for writing unambiguous, concise notes and instructions. Topics include:
- Benefits of effectively communicating technical information
- Dealing with common writing problems
- Creating effective and clear topic sentences
- Building clarity through sentence focus
- Building paragraphs that raise reader understanding to the desired level
- Exposing tacit knowledge
- Understanding when you’ve “covered it all“
- Creating reusable text elements
- Grammar rules
- Word choice
Using the ASD STE-100 specification to ensure clarity, concision and consistency in technical writing. Topics include:
- Using active versus passive voice and why active voice is preferred
- Checking text readability using Flesch/Flesch Kincaid
- Analysing and providing necessary background knowledge using Given/New
- Ensuring subject-verb agreement
- Singularity and plurality
- Report writing fundamentals