Code of conduct

Principals participating in the Certified Practising Principal Award will be expected to commit to the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct prescribes the standards of responsible and ethical conduct expected of all candidates undertaking Principal Certification. Agreeing to comply with the Code of Conduct Eligible is a condition of enrolment for eligible candidates.

Candidates must agree to protect the integrity of the principal profession and Principal Certification by ensuring that:

  • they engage with the learning support
  • the evidence they submit is authentic, verifiable and valid
  • evidence submitted is related to activities they have led in their current role, within their current school setting, within a maximum of three years prior to commencing Certification
  • the analyses provided are credible and fair interpretations of the school data presented in support of their submission
  • the contributions of colleagues and peers are appropriately acknowledged
  • any copyright material that is used and acknowledged appropriately
  • the contemporary research informing their practice is appropriately acknowledged and formally referenced.
  • the Reflective Analyses are the candidate’s own intellectual work.

When engaging in online discussions candidates will ensure that:

  • they adhere to the Chatham House Rule: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed” ( so that discussion is frank and confidential
  • comments are constructive in nature
  • content posted by others in a discussion forum is not used externally without permission of both the person posting and CPP
  • they refrain from uploading files or posting messages that contain material otherwise protected by copyright, intellectual property or privacy laws
  • they refrain from posting spamming content of any nature
  • they refrain from posting messages containing defamatory or other inappropriate material.

When submitting their Portfolio Initiatives for assessment candidates will

  • use the self-assessment tool provided to review their Portfolio Initiative to ensure that it is properly completed, is aligned with assessment criteria and provides sufficient evidence
  • have a third party proof read their submission
  • conform to the Style Guide conventions with respect to writing, referencing, file naming and presenting graphs, charts and tables.
  • de-identify all evidence
  • name all evidence files in accordance with the Style Guide convention

All candidates will be required to provide a statement declaring that the work they submit for assessment is their own.

Where a participant is suspected to have breached this code of conduct, the CPP Board will launch an investigation into the matter. If an actual breach is identified, then the CPP Board reserves the right to apply appropriate penalties, including: warnings of breaches, withholding of certificates and awards, dismissal of participants from the program (at the participant’s cost)