Nzqa registered unit standard 1279 version 6

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NZQA registered unit standard

1279 version 6

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Write in plain English






People credited with this unit standard are able to write in plain English.


Communication Skills > Writing

Available grade


Explanatory notes
1 Definition

The term plain English means writing that is clear, concise, coherent, and free from unnecessarily specialised or complex language. Texts in plain English must be easily understood by the target audience. Further information can be found at

2 People should be assessed against this unit standard in a real-life context using naturally occurring evidence or in simulated conditions that demand performance equivalent to that required in the real-life context.
Where naturally occurring evidence is used for assessment against this unit standard, a verifier’s checklist is acceptable if accompanied by evidence that includes examples from the candidate’s performance.
3 Assessment against this unit standard must take place after the candidate has edited and proof read the documents.

  1. Any punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors in the writing should not affect the intended message.

Outcomes and evidence requirements
Outcome 1
Write in plain English.
Range at least three documents of 200-400 words each;
each document must be different in terms of purpose and intended audience.
Evidence requirements
1.1 The content, tone, and format fit the purpose, the occasion, the subject matter, and the audience.
1.2 The content is organised in a coherent sequence which fits the purpose, the occasion, the subject matter, and the audience.
1.3 Vocabulary, grammar, readability, and layout fit the purpose, the occasion, the subject matter, and the audience.

Planned review date

31 December 2017

Status information and last date for assessment for superseded versions




Last date for Assessment



26 January 1995

31 December 2012



9 August 1996

31 December 2012



24 March 1998

31 December 2012



25 July 2006

31 December 2013



17 November 2011




24 October 2014


Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) reference


This CMR can be accessed at
Please note

Providers must be granted consent to assess against standards (accredited) by NZQA, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.

Industry Training Organisations must be granted consent to assess against standards by NZQA before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Providers and Industry Training Organisations, which have been granted consent and which are assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Requirements for consent to assess and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR). The CMR also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
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