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

The Certified Practising Principal (CPP) award recognises school principals who have demonstrated high standards of educational leadership by lifting school outcomes and set a new standard for excellence.

For practising principals

Integrates directly with work

Online and face-to-face

Take your leadership to the next level

Undertake a rewarding professional learning experience
Benchmark your performance agaist industry leaders
Develop reflective planning and strategic thinking skills
Turn evidence based findings into change for the better

Professional development with wider impact

Engage with a diverse network of industry leaders
Promote the uptake of effective leadership practices
Elevate the status of the profession
Leave a legacy to be proud of

Certification pathway


Attend induction

Connect your current improvement plans to the Portfolio Initiatives

Implement plans, generate data, analyse impact

Reflect critically on your own practice

Achieve recognition

ACER supporting CPP

More about ACER and CPP

In August 2018, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) took up the exciting opportunity to on board administration of the CPP award. ACER and CPP share a mission: improving professional practice using an evidence based approach. Candidates undertaking CPP will 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.

"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."
Geoff Masters AO

Membership of the CPP Board announced