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ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English (STE) is a controlled language that is used to write technical manuals in such a way that they are more easily and accurately understood by an international audience, thus improving safety and efficiency. Often a formal requirement for aircraft and defence maintenance documentation, STE can easily be adapted to all technical industries and beyond.

Attend a 2-day certified ASD-STE100 workshop in the following locations*:

    1. Auckland, New Zealand, 19 – 20 April 2017
    2. St Petersburg, Russia, 20 – 21 June 2017
    3. Singapore, 24 – 25 July 2017
    4. Tiel, the Netherlands, 4 – 5 September 2017
    5. Tokyo, Japan, late September 2017
    6. Berlin, Germany, mid October 2017
    7. Gothenburg, Sweden, early November 2017

* Shufrans also offers customised ASD-STE100 training solutions tailored to meet your specific requirements. These courses are normally provided at the customer’s premises.

  • Practical overview of ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English
  • How STE helps both native & non-native speakers of English
  • Writing rules and how to apply them in practice
  • How to use the general vocabulary
  • How to deal with industry-specific terminology
  • How to use STE for various documentation types
  • How to implement STE with minimal disruption to on-going production and existing documentation
  • Hands-on STE editing and review

Shufrans’ training has been fully updated to support the latest version of the specification – Issue 6, January 2013.


  • Compliance managers
  • Customer support managers
  • Documentation managers
  • Editors
  • Engineering managers
  • Engineers and SMEs who create documentation
  • ILS managers
  • Maintenance managers
  • Operation managers
  • Product managers
  • Project managers
  • Quality managers
  • Safety managers
  • Technical writers
  • Translation managers
  • Translators


Our interactive training, exercises and workshop will teach participants to standardise content to:

  • Author more efficiently
  • Communicate more effectively with a global audience
  • Improve operational safety
  • Reduce AOG / downtime
  • Facilitate modular writing and reuse
  • Facilitate teamwork
  • Facilitate translation
  • Maximise consistency
  • Optimise product lifecycle support
  • Reduce the cost of creating and maintaining technical publications


Ms Shumin Chen has worked as a consultant with customers in various industries worldwide, and is widely regarded as a leading expert in ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English training, aviation documentation and multilingual documentation. In her current role with Shufrans TechDocs, Ms Chen continues to focus on the practical implementation of international standards to facilitate the efficient creation and management of multilingual documentation.

Since 2006, Ms Chen received her professional on-the-job training the field of STE under the tutelage of Dr Frans Wijma, a linguist and documentation expert who has been active in the field of controlled language, multilingual documentation and aerospace & defence standards.

Together, they have delivered high-quality ASD-STE100 training to more than 180 companies around the world. Shufrans TechDocs is the only company with such vast experience in providing certified STE training.

Ms Chen has helped many companies with their STE and other documentation needs, based on standards where possible. Although STE was developed for the aerospace industry, more specifically for aircraft maintenance documentation, Ms Chen found that it made a lot of sense to apply the same principles to other industries and types of documents as well. Few -if any- changes to the specification are necessary to adapt STE to industries ranging from machinery to IT, automotive to medical equipment.



To learn more about the relevant training outcome of this widely applied controlled language standard, or to register for a training class, please get in touch with us.


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Ms Shumin Chen will teach participants how to correctly and effectively use STE in practice. She will also address some of the mistakes commonly found in technical writing and the frequently incorrect use of common STE writing rules. According to Ms Chen, the benefits of STE are manifold – audience engagement through high-quality content, improved product safety, lower life cycle cost and reduced logistics footprint.

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  • Working with Shumin is a great pleasure because of her professional approach. Her knowledge of STE is excellent and with her pragmatic approach she helps companies to improve. Our trainees rated Shumin all with excellent. If you consider to train your staff in STE, I highly recommend Shumin.
    Henk Wijnands Founding Partner & Commercial Director, Foxiz BV
  • I fully appreciate the advantages and benefits of implementing international language standards to our documentation. My favourite technical English writing rule is to only use company-approved terminology in addition to the general vocabulary that is offered by the Simplified Technical English specification. The technical English writing rules were clearly presented during this webinar. Overall, I have found this webinar to be useful for my work and Shumin responded well to all my questions and clarified the doubts I had before taking this course.
    Senior Technical Writer Technical Documentation Development, IT, Kaspersky Lab
  • I attended a two-day ASD-STE100 training workshop by Shumin. She presented the materials clearly and succinctly with sound and logical written examples. There was a good balance of worksheet exercises and individual rewriting tasks. We explored certain topics and asked critical questions related to standard technical writing practices which were well discussed during this workshop. Shumin seems like a kind and well-educated trainer who has an answer for every question. Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value
    Frank Omvlee Technical Publication Engineer, B/E Aerospace
  • I was at first skeptical of the advantages that STE will bring as it seemed to have mainly been used in the aerospace & defence industry. This intensive three-day training course has changed my opinion and certainly helped to sharpen my technical writing skills tremendously! Top Qualitites: Cheaper, faster, and better translations.
    Brian Cho Head of Language Services Division, HansemEUG
  • The ASD-STE100 course I attended by Shumin was very intensive yet enjoyable. Besides the standard format and company templates used when creating documentation, STE rules helped me understand that there is an alternative approach to technical writing. By shrinking the size of my vocabulary, I am effectively using only one word for one purpose. With STE, my goal is to focus on what I would like to communicate effectively, rather than to simply place information into a template.
    Mehmet Emin Ozmen Manufacturing Engineer, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş.
  • Airbus is widely known to have strict STE quality checks that are difficult to meet for outside suppliers. Learning how to optimally use a documentation standard like ASD-STE100 is a substantial boost to our technical writing team’s capabilities and significantly improved our compliance rating!
    Raja Sureshbabu Global Head of Aerospace Vertical, Tata Consultancy Services
  • This Simplified Technical English (STE) workshop has equipped me with the right kind of STE knowledge and skill sets to move forward confidently in my role as a technical writing team leader. I am glad that I was able to attend this course!
    Team Leader Technical Writing, Hansem EUG
  • I have a great pleasure to work with Shumin Chen on a number of complex technical translation projects. She is very talented, efficient and dependable, making sure to meet and exceed the customer's expectations.
    Anouar Koutchoukali Owner, A Propos Vertaalbureau
  • I am glad to say the STE course attended by team was really satisfactory. Feedback is very positive and we will be interested in repeating the experience in a near future.Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, On Time
    Felix Donoso Translation Manager, arvato technical information S.L.
  • Shumin possesses an in-depth knowledge of the English language and of Simplified Technical English (STE). We covered a lot of ground in the area of STE within a short time!
    Berry Jansen Senior Technical Author, Triview
  • Personally, it became clearer to me that STE is a language that one can learn to pick up. This includes the standard vocabulary and customised dictionary that is built for every company or product. In other words, STE is a ‘way of life’ in the field of technical writing and documentation. The ASD-STE100 exercises covered a wide spectrum of topics from choosing between approved and non-approved words to recreating documentation in STE. Shumin expertly guided us from classroom learning mode to real-life practical application of STE rules. The materials that she presented were informative and very convincing. Top Qualities: Practical, Convincing, Informative
    Martin Broekhuis Technical Editor, Webasto
  • The introduction to the ASD-STE100 gave me a nice and clear overview of what to expect in the two training days that followed. Consistent language and spelling in STE are the rules I like best. The list of approved and unapproved verbs was a nice surprise for me. Shumin gave a highly practical STE training using relevant and pragmatic examples that relate closely to our field of work.
    Maikel Kornuit Technical Writer, Triview
  • I found all the STE rules to be highly beneficial for my work and certainly look forward to start applying Simplified English rules by using the ASD-STE100 specification. The two-day workshop conducted by Shumin has taught me how to use the STE rules correctly and apply them in the appropriate context. Everything has been explained very clearly.
    Tina Kosman Safety Engineer, De Boer Machines
  • Shumin introduced the very interesting concept of a controlled language in the form of Simplified Technical English (STE). My favourite STE rule is to use approved words from the dictionary only as the part of speech given. In the two-day duration, we were able to familiarise ourselves with all the STE rules as well as practical steps for implementation of this controlled language standard. Shumin is very capable of explaining STE concepts in a brief but accurate manner, giving us easy access to a highly technical subject. Love the humour you inject in between lines! Top Qualities: Concise, Personable, Knowledgeable
    Lycke Koersen Marketing Coordinator, Maats Pipeline Equipment
  • The Simplified Technical English workshop has been most informative and clear. The list of approved and non-approved technical helped me a lot in my work. Most of the classroom exercises were well-paced as Shumin has a very structured approach to discussing these exercises in a suitable order. She speaks with a very clear voice that facilitates understanding.
    Gieljan Smits Product Designer & Engineer, Maats Pipeline Equipment
  • Shumin gave a two-day ASD-STE100 training to standardize and improve the language used by technical authoring personnel. I learnt a great deal in terms of advantageous STE writing rules for the authoring of technical manuals. Thank you once again for the excellent training!
    Fatih Ülger Product Support Engineer, FNSS Defence Systems
  • As advisor to her ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English on-the job-training, Shumin adopts a very structured approach to learning. She observes, absorbs and analyses to come up with relevant and insightful questions as well as ideas regarding the subject matter and improved ASD-STE100 training methods. Shumin is a very driven and highly intelligent professional who works very well either independently or as part of a team. She has strong analytical skills and expresses herself very well both verbally and in writing. Her sense of responsibility and passion about achieving the set objectives while meeting and exceeding clients' expectations is very inspiring and is a great asset to the company and its customers alike.
    Dr. Frans Wijma ILS expert, trainer & consultant, Shufra Ltd
  • Shumin is a supportive and approachable manager, colleague and friend. She possesses excellent linguistic, communication and presentation skills. She is able to communicate well and is eloquent on the international platform and is able to exercise professional inter-cultural sensitivities.
    Dennis Yeo Learning Advocate, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • No doubt for Frans knowledge of simplified technical English. It's really useful in my job. Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
    Jumadi Timotius Simangunsong Aircraft Engine Maintenance Planning Engineer, GMF AeroAsia
  • I've worked with Shumin Chen when she was a Localization Program Manager for large projects into multiple languages. She was always very professional and confident. I would work with her again in the future.
    Ulisses Bognar Account Manager, All Tasks
  • Shumin is personable and easy to work with, so it was great to work together on aviation management related events during her tenure. She is a good communicator, and a consultative manager who would often involve others in problem solving, team building, and focuses her time on more important activities while providing proper recognition, which I am appreciative of.
    Joyce Tay Senior Executive, Programme & Event Management at Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • Frans provided a multi-day training on STE in my company, Hansem EUG, and impressed every participant with his profound expertise in the subject matter and his kind and witty manner which had made the training much more enjoyable. I am glad to have known him and expect to have a sound, professional relationship for our mutual benefit.
    Yangsook Kim CEO, Hansem EUG
  • Lufthansa Systems FlightNav Inc. Zürich recommends the professional and qualified ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English training provided by Dr. Frans Wijma from Shufra Consultancy
    Juergen Kuhnhenn Head of Lido/RouteManual Standards bei Lufthansa Systems
  • I had the pleasure of working alongside Shumin for several projects during her time at the Singapore Aviation Academy. She is what I would call a balanced manager - always keeping a cool head regardless of the obstacles we had faced as a division. Her outstanding abilities include bringing inspiration to her team and her effortless presentation skills.
    Nasuha Rahim Executive, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore