About ESTON Training

Distance Learning Courses

About Us

ESTON Training has been training professional Technical, Commercial and Software authors for more than 40 years. The company was founded in 1982 in response to a Manpower Services Commission (MSC) initiative to provide industry with higher standards of product support literature. Technical, commercial and software authorship distance learning training was conceived as a fundamental part of the approved programme.

The original syllabus for the (EDL1T) Technical/Commercial Writing & Communicating and (EDL2D) Technical/Commercial Authorship training programmes were prepared in the early 1980s by the City & Guilds Institute, with assistance from ESTON Training’s Philip Hutton-Wilson.

To date, the company has trained more than 4,000 Technical, Commercial and Software authors, and many of ESTON’s former students, who are now employed as managers and directors within the publications industry, were awarded authorship Diplomas, with Distinctions.

Distance Learning

The distance learning courses developed by ESTON Training include a choice of two courses for Technical and Commercial Authors (ESTON Ref: EDL2D and EDL2P) and a unique Software Authorship Foundation Course (ESTON Ref: EDL3/2). ESTON’s Software Authorship course won a prestigious Computer Weekly Award, in recognition of its contribution to the IT sector of UK industry. The training material associated with these distance learning authorship courses is accredited by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC).

In addition to providing a selection of bespoke writing courses, ESTON Training also provides associated career-enhancing courses, such as: English at Work (Ref: EDL6), Simplified English (Ref: EDL8T), Writing Effective Reports (Ref: EDL7T) and a Standard Generalised Mark-up Language (SGML) foundation course (Ref: EDL5/1). These distance learning courses, which hone your business skills and provide other essential knowledge, offer a unique learning experience.


The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC) is the largest UK body representing information development professionals.

The ISTC encourages professional development and standards, research resources and networking opportunities for its members and industry affiliates, and promotes technical communication as a profession.