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Principal Eligibility Modules (Leadership Institute)

About the program and objectives

This self-paced, four-module professional learning program is designed for aspirant principals to develop the necessary knowledge and skills in regulatory compliance, audit and risk.

This program comprises 12 components with 11 assessments spread across four modules. Each component will take about one hour to complete, depending on prior knowledge. Upon completion, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Learning Intention

By the end of this program, it is intended participants will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills in:

  • managing student services
  • managing workforce
  • managing financial resources
  • managing risk.

Target audience

Aspirant principals need to be complete these modules before applying for the role of principal. Where an appointment is made before completion of the modules, the newly appointed principal has six months from the date of their appointment to demonstrate completion.


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How to register

Department of Education employees can access the Principal Eligibility Modules online program through the Professional Learning tab on the Department of Education Portal.  This will ensure program completion is recorded in your professional learning history. Staff will need to use their Portal login details which consist of a staff ID number and a password (same as the HRMIS password).

To access:

  1. Log in to the Portal.
  2. Select the Professional Learning tab.
  3. Access the OPL Course Catalogue on the right hand side of the screen.  Locate the program, Principal Eligibility Modules, and select Enrol.

Participants may benefit from watching this short video on how to enrol and a brief overview on how to navigate the program.











Review and feedback

The Leadership Institute is committed to ongoing reviews of content which will be conducted every six months to maintain content currency. 

The Institute values your feedback and suggestions to improve this online program for future participants. Please complete our online survey which will take about five minutes to complete. 

For further program information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


Principal Eligibility Modules (Leadership Institute)

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