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Our continuing education courses provide the community with opportunities for lifelong engagement with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Whether it is for personal or professional development we have a course to suit you.

Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Declarations training

The Queensland Justices Association is conducting courses at all USC campuses. Handbooks and learning resources will be supplied to students who enrol and morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Students need only to supply their own lunch, bring a note book and a pen.

Where: USC Sippy Downs - campus map
Ground floor, Building E, Room EG.10 Tutorial Room
When: CDec course Saturday 16 September 
JP course Saturday 16 September and Saturday 23 September. (essential to attend both days)
Time: 8.00am-5.00pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course (16 September) and $350 JP course (essential to attend both days)

Where: USC SouthBank - campus map

66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane (Ground Floor, Building B, SouthBank Education and Training Precinct) 
When: CDec course Monday 9 October or Monday 6 November  
JP course Monday 9 October and Tuesday 10 October or Monday 6 November and Tuesday 7 November (essential to attend both days)
Time: 8.30am-5.00pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course (essential to attend both days)

For more information about JP and CDec training tel: +61 7 3392 2455 or visit:

To register your interest for training at other USC campuses please email us

Grammar basics

Do you need a refresher on the principles of English grammar? Would you like to learn how to confidently punctuate a document? This lively course will help you to understand the appropriate use of English grammar and punctuation.

  • Sippy Downs: Various dates
  • Gympie: Various dates
How to Register

Course fee is $130. To register your interest in this course please email us

Present like no-one's watching - taking the pain out of public speaking

Public speaking is one of the most feared of all human activities, which is why good speakers are so respected. They have conquered the fear and have dared to share their passion and vulnerability; they have experienced the liberation of being able to communicate.

Good communication is not innate - it can be taught. This course will explain how you can deal with these anxieties, teach you relaxation techniques to express the real you and show you how to create an authentic rapport with your audience.

An introduction to vocal dynamism will ensure your audience is continually engaged. This is a practical course conducted in a supportive environment. Individual feedback will be provided on the day.

How to Register

Course fee is $180. To register your interest in this course please email us

Career bootcamps

If you are looking for a new job or promotion, returning to the workforce (either for family reasons or injury), a new Australian searching for work or considering making a career change, then this series of career boot camps will provide you with the tools and resources to help you reach your career goals.

Facilitator: Samantha Lyne, Career Development Practitioner and Director, My Job Application

Each attendee will receive a FREE copy of ‘The Career Book’ that Samantha has created for her business to facilitate the lifelong career planning process. As part of the workshop, Samantha will take 5 minutes to run through the book with a ‘how to use’ feature.

Topics include;

  • How to write outstanding job applications
  • Using technology in your job search
  • Developing your interview skills
  • The future of work: planning your career 

Course fee is $100. For more information and to register your interest email us

Creative writing

This course explores the fields of both fiction and non-fiction (memoir), and will help participants better understand a wide array of techniques used in creative writing. It will equip participants with the fundamental skills required to write effectively and with confidence. Throughout the course, participants will experiment with finding their own 'voice’ and developing their personal writing style. Writing techniques and topics such as plotting, structure, character development, language choice, dialogue, point of view, significant detail, setting, and theme will be investigated. Outcomes for this course include, developing insights into personal writing style and direction, gaining the skills required to produce engaging written work in a chosen writing genre, producing a sample of written work, and practising editing techniques for prospective publication. There will be in-class writing exercises each week, and short at-home readings to be completed.

Course outline:

Topic 1: Sourcing creative ideas, tapping our muse, developing a writing practice

Topic 2: Tackling memoir and writing from real life, what to write about when crafting memoir, key features of engaging/entertaining memoir

Topic 3: Investigating the short fiction form, what's the difference between short stories and flash fiction, key features of engaging/entertaining short fiction, investigating the story pyramid

Topic 4: Developing characters, round vs flat characters, methods of characterisation

Topic 5: Explore setting, roles/functions of setting, crafting a believable setting

Topic 6: Point of view and dialogue, types of point of view, purpose/s of dialogue, tips for writing great dialogue

Topic 7: Tackling theme, theme vs topic, techniques for developing theme (including symbolism), discuss Hemingway's Iceberg Theory (in relation to theme)

Topic 8: The importance of editing, types of editing, editing for publication

Facilitator: Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall is a writer and an experienced editor. Eileen is Director, Field of Words, the writing organisation dedicated to helping writers grow. She also teaches high school students through USC’s Creative Writing Excellence Program. Eileen has had many pieces of non-fiction and short fiction published and is the author of a cross-over novella titled The Sherbrooke Brothers. She is presently working on her second novella and a collection of short stories. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts.

How to Register

To register your interest in this course please visit the event page

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