Champion change with evidence based practice.

Certified Practising Principal (CPP) is the world's only independent, professional certification for practising principals seeking to hone their leadership skills. It is open to principals from all school education sectors.

The certification process is rigorous and well researched. It is designed to support professional learning which improves professional practice. Principals walk away secure in the knowledge they are effective in leading school improvement and with an enhanced ability to think critically about their practice.

Principals are awarded certification in recognition of excellence in educational leadership - valuable accreditation to springboard a career. The CPP award is a formal endorsement that the candidate has demonstrated the Australian Principal Standard (AITSL, 2011) in action, based on evidence they have generated and presented themselves.

Stand out as a leader

Forge your own path.

Being a principal is a demanding and dynamic role. The certification process is designed to integrate into the workload that principals already manage. This opportunity for personal growth connects to tangible school improvements through critical analysis and reflective practice.

For earlier career principals, the CPP award offers the perfect opportunity to set themselves apart from the pack as an emerging leader on a results driven trajectory.

Raise the benchmark - inspire others to follow

The CPP award is the only national system for principals to demonstrate that they are implementing the professional practices and leadership requirements described in the research and synthesised in Principal Standards internationally (eg AITSL, 2011; NBPEA, 2015).

The Standards set out what principals should know and do. The CPP award requires experienced practitioners to evidence best practice and measure their own performance against the Standard.

As the CPP award operates across all jurisdictions and sectors, principals stand to gain from enriching interactions with a diverse range of peers from beyond their usual sphere of professional activity.

The CPP award lifts the calibre of the profession as a whole by encouraging widespread use of research-based practices. At the same time, it supports inspired leadership that fosters a culture of continuous improvement in school communities.

Professional learning designed to meet principals’ needs

The CPP award has been designed to be inclusive, regardless of the location, size, level, sector, resources or context of the candidate's school.

Certification is awarded where supporting evidence and comprehensive reflective analyses demonstrate improved outcomes have been achieved.

Candidates are guided through a thorough process of planning, implementing and monitoring strategies for improvement within their school. The process challenges and stretches their professional practice.

Designing a professional certification system

Certification decisions are based on evidence (not perceptions) that candidates are implementing practices described in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (AITSL, 2011).

The CPP award depends on reliable and valid assessment of principals' demonstration of the Principal Standard in action.

The research underpinned the design decision that the best and most authentic way to measure the complex performance of principals for certification purposes is to use portfolio assessment, taking a task-based approach. The tasks are called Portfolio Initiatives.

The assessment is rigorous (valid and reliable) and quality assured.

Evidence validation is achieved using an independently administered online tool designed specifically for CPP.

The implementation and impact of CPP is monitored in an ongoing program evaluation.