Further your professional practice and become a role model for your community. Join like-minded leaders as you accelerate your school improvement agenda.

Professional certification through the Certified Practising Principal (CPP) award elevates the status of principals around the world who have demonstrated high standards of educational leadership and made significant improvements in the quality of teaching and learning in their school.

For practising principals

Integrates directly with work

Online and face-to-face

Take your leadership to the next level

Undertake a high impact professional learning experience
Benchmark your performance against industry leaders around the world
Develop critical reflection and strategic thinking skills
Accelerate improvement in teaching and learning in your school

Professional development with wider impact

A global accreditation that enables you to engage with a diverse network of industry leaders around the world
Promote the uptake of effective leadership practices
Elevate the status of the profession
Leave a legacy to be proud of

Certification pathway

Attend induction one day face to face and three one-hour follow up sessions online

Make strategic choices connecting portfolio initiatives to school improvement plan

Implement plans, monitor impact of implementation

Engage with peers in series of online forums and with readings

Reflect critically on practice –recording reflections

Curate evidence of practice, prepare reflective analysis

Backed by industry leading research organisation

More about ACER and CPP

In August 2018, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) took up the exciting opportunity to administer the CPP award.  As a result of this partnerhsip CPP candidates have access to ACER's resources and support networks. ACER's international research credentials mean principals can be assured that the experience is world-class.

Chief Executive Officer of ACER, Professor Geoff MAsters AO, said ACER and CPP have a shared vision of improving professional practice using an evidence based approach.  "The vision established for CPP is unchanged – to deliver system improvement and improved educational outcomes by building and sustaining the leadership expertise of principals and to enhance the attractiveness of school leadership as a career."

Professor Geoff Masters AO

Meet the CPP Board