Simplified Technical English Specification: ASD-STE100

Simplified Technical English is a controlled language used in the aerospace industry since 1986. The European and American Aerospace Industry Associations devised the language to improve the readability of maintenance documentation.

This course is a practical introduction for those who will use Simplified Technical English (formerly AECMA Simplified English). The course introduces the philosophy of Simplified Technical English, explains the underlying grammatical principles and gives delegates opportunities to use Simplified Technical English in practical exercises. These exercises can be based on your company’s documentation.

Who should attend this course?

This course is aimed at people who will use ASD Simplified Technical English (Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe). Delegates need to have access to a copy of the current ASD Simplified Technical English Specification ASD-STE100TM guide (supplied by the customer). This can be electronic or paper-based.

Duration 2 Days
Price Call for details
Location Mekon House, Sutton, London, SM1 1JN, UK, or at your premises.


This course will give you the skills to produce easier to read documentation, making it easier to translate. The language is concise and precise making it easier to use in different formats

Length of course

2 Days

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Participant testimonials

An excellent enjoyable course which was delivered by an extremely professional and knowledgeable subject matter expert.

John Mannix, Publication Manager, CDS Defence Support

It was clear from the offset that the instructor really knew the subject and was able to deal with all questions posed by the audience. The instructor’s ability to make the course relative to the attendees own STE needs and use examples consisting of business situations that the attendee may face, was to be applauded. The exercises using material from the participants’ work environment were extremely beneficial and really solidified what was taught during the course.

William Haydock, Senior Technical Author, CDS Defence Support.

Very intensive course that made me realise that there is another way to produce documents: by restricting the words used, I focused on the ‘intent’, rather than just putting the information into a standard template and format.

John Payne, Technical Author, CDS Defence Support

Course outline


  • Philosophy of Simplified Technical English
  • Benefits of adopting the standard
  • Grammar
  • Simplified English Rules

Specific Grammatical Rules

  • Noun phrases
  • Verbs

General Writing Principles

  • Permitted words
  • Sentence and paragraph construction
  • Spelling, punctuation
  • Writing Practices
  • Practical exercises

Types of Writing

  • Practical session – apply the rules
  • Convert existing text (or write your own)
  • Delegates compare / discuss
  • Procedures
  • Descriptive writing
  • Warnings and cautions

Day One


  • Provides an outline of the course content and an approximate timetable.

Philosophy & Benefits of STE

  • Briefly describes the history & philosophy of Simplified Technical English and outlines the benefits of adopting the standard.

Grammar, a short revision

  • Provides an explanation of the parts of speech so that delegates can understand and then apply the writing rules.

Specific Grammatical Rules, Part 1:

  • Explains the rules relating to noun phrases and verbs. Delegates then practise what they have learned.

General Writing Principles, Part 2:

  • Explains which words are permitted, how sentences and paragraphs must be constructed, and other topics such as spelling and punctuation. Again, delegates have practical exercises, completed individually or in pairs, and then reviewed.

Day Two

Introduction and Review of Day 1

  • Provides an outline of day 2 with a review of the previous day’s content.

Types of Writing, Part 3:

  • Practical sessions to apply the rules covered in parts 1 and 2 as well as any rules specific to writing procedures, descriptions, warnings and cautions. In these sessions delegates convert existing text in to Simplified Technical English or write their own text in Simplified Technical English. Delegates compare and discuss solutions to reinforce learning.

Contact us for a quote

+44 (0)20 8722 8400 Enquiry form