To achieve certification principals are required to demonstrate, with evidence, how their leadership meets the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (Principal Standard). Providing and receiving nuanced feedback, followed by critical reflection on personal practice, underpin the deep professional learning experience.


Apply

Attend induction

Connect the Portfolio Initiatives to your current improvement plans

Implement plans, generate data, analyse impact

Reflect critically on your own practice

Achieve recognition

1. Application

Check eligiblity
Complete the application form
Pay fees before due date

Help and support

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2. Induction

All successful applicants must attend an induction series.
As part of the induction, principals will develop formal proposals for each of your Portfolio Initiatives.

Forthcoming induction series

Induction dates
  Term 3, 2019 Term 4, 2019 Term 1, 2020 Term 2, 2020
Enrolment deadline 2 July 25 September 6 February 21 April
Part 1 - Face to face 23 July 16 October 27 February 5 May
Part 2 - 1 hour online 30 July 24 October 5 March 13 May
Part 3 - 1 hour online 5 August 30 October 17 March 21 May
Part 4 - 1 hour online 10 September 13 November 26 March 3 June
         

All times are AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

3. Connect Portfolio Initiatives to current improvement plans

Certification requires principals to document two improvement initiatives they are leading.

Principals select two of the Portfolio Initiative options, as outlined below, and go on to develop case studies of their leadership in action. The Portfolio Initiatives provide the scaffolding to ensure a manageable workload.

Principals choose the focus and scope of what they choose to document. Streamline work and professional learning by aligning the CPP award requirements with your school's agenda for improvement. The certification process should form part of the school's best practice.


Portfolio Initiative options (Select 2 of 3)


Demonstrate how your leadership is increasing the effectiveness of teaching in your school and promoting student learning as a result

Demonstrate how your leadership is strengthening and sustaining your school as a professional community

Demonstrate how your leadership is strengthening partnerships with your school’s wider community to address an identified need or to seize an opportunity for innovation

4. Implementation, data generation and analysis

Portfolio Initiatives are dynamic endeavours that evolve throughout the course of the candidature as principals continuously review and amend their plan while they monitor its implementation.

It is expected that principals will require at least 18 months to generate enough clear evidence of change and the impact of their leadership.

Supporting principals through certification

Candidates can network with peers monthly throughout the certification process as they negotiate best practice and exchange feedback on initiatives.

Principals have at their disposal access to a comprehensive set of guides, tools and scaffolding to help build their portfolio throughout the process.

5. Complete Reflective Analyses

The Reflective Analysis forms the core of each Portfolio Initiative submission.

It is an opportunity for principals to tell the story of their leadership, illustrated by the evidence they have generated along the way.

Principals will detail the significance of the evidence they have chosen to include, and explain how it demonstrates the impact of their leadership.

The Reflective Analyses and supporting evidence are assessed against published criteria, mapped to the Principal Standard.

Provide the rationale, focus and scope for the initiative, defining strategies and the criteria for success.

certification process diagram

Describe the implementation, monitoring and responses to issues that arose.

Reflect critically on the impact of the initiatives led, as well as leadership practices.

Analyse the data generated during implementation.

Plan circle

Provide the rationale, focus and scope for the initiative; defining strategies and the criteria for success.

Act circle

Describe the implementation, monitoring and responses to issues that arose.

Reflect circle

Reflect critically on the impact of the initiatives led, as well as leadership practices.

Review circle

Analyse the data generated during implementation.

6. Achieve recognition

Submission

Reflective analyses, evidence and data from the independent validation instrument are submitted to CPP assessors

Assessment

Submissions are double-blind evaluated based on the CPP assessment framework.

Certification

Candidates are recognised for their achievement at an awards ceremony. Successful candidates may use the post-nominal CPP.

Resubmission

Candidates whose initial submission is deemed not at the level required for certification have the opportunity to resubmit.