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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.

PATH training is for those people who want to become facilitators and help others develop PATHs.

What is included in the PATH training workshops?

PATH Training comprises of a two-day workshop with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included. The workshop runs from 9.30am-4pm on both days. All workbooks and tools needed during the workshop are provided by our facilitators. This is not an accredited course however, you will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of day two.

PATH stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope. It is a globally recognised visual person-centred planning and goal setting tool. It was developed by Marsh Forrest, Jack Pearpoint and John O’Brien. It uses graphics to map out a vision of a desirable future for an individual or a group of people. It helps participants and their supporters focus on their dreams and goals.

What will you learn from attending this training?
  • An understanding of the basic process of PATH
  • To understand the different roles within each process and have the opportunity to experience the different roles for yourself
  • Confidence in using graphics, through learning simple tools and practising in a safe environment
  • Thinking in different ways about recording information and problem-solving
  • The ability to co-facilitate a PATH
Who should attend our PATH training?

People that support someone living with a disability, family members, community workers, health professionals, teachers.

For more information or to register for a future workshop please email or phone 1800 777 712.

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
Room: EG.10
When: CDec course Saturday 1 September 2018
JP course Saturday 1 September and Saturday 8 September 2018 (essential to attend both days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC SouthBank
Ground Floor, Building A1 (SW1), 32 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, Qld, 4101
Room: SBA1-G.11 
When: CDec course Monday 24 September 2018
JP course Monday 24 September, Tuesday 25 September and Wednesday 26 September 2018 (essential to attend three days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Noosa
Noosa Drive, Noosa
Room: N1.03
When: CDec course Tuesday 3 July 2018 
JP course Tuesday 3 July and Wednesday 4 July 2018 (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Gympie
71 Cartwright Road, Gympie
Room: TBA
When: CDec course Thursday 5 July 
JP course Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Caboolture  
Cnr Manley and Tallon St, Caboolture
Room: J2.03
When: CDec course Monday 9 July 
JP course Monday 9 July and Tuesday 10 July (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Fraser Coast
161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay
Room: TBA
When: CDec course Thursday 12 July 
JP course Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July (essential to attend both days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

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

Website creation with WordPress

WordPress is one of the largest free content management systems in the world. In this course, you will learn the basics of building your own website or blog using WordPress. Topics cover the fundamentals of free WordPress software, how to install it on your hosting account and how to create a beautiful website or blog tailored to your individual audience.

Facilitator: Pamela Blake has extensive experience in introducing undergraduate designers to this powerful software and helping them to overcome the complexities of WordPress design and development. This course is for anyone that wants to set up, self-host and manage a WordPress site effectively. Students must have computer literacy and a laptop as you will be building your website in class. Please bring a credit card to the first lesson to buy your domain name and hosting.

Week Description
Week 1
  • Buying a domain name and hosting 
  • Introduction to the software
  • How to install WordPress on your hosting account
  • Introduction to website design 
  • How to choose the best theme for your site and install it
Week 2
  • Browser compatibility
  • Introduction to usability principles to maximise your audience’s satisfaction
  • Introduction to the WordPress backend dashboard
  • Settings and configuration
  • The difference between WordPress pages and posts
  • Using the text editor
Week 3
  • How to organise your site’s information for your individual audience
  • How to write and appeal to your individual audience 
  • The WordPress media library
  • How to use images and colour for maximum effect
Week 4
  • How to organise your site’s custom navigation menu 
  • Editing posts and pages
  • How to create a link
  • Widgets, what they are and how to organise them for maximum effect
  • Plugins, what they are and how to choose and install them
Week 5
  • WordPress security and HTTPS
  • Using categories and tags
  • How to add new users and their roles
Week 6
  • Emailing posts to your site
  • Enabling and managing comments
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Week 7
  • Contact us forms
  • Google analytics
  • Backing up your site
Week 8
  • Introduction to the Gutenburg editor
  • Introduction to WordPress child themes
  • Exploring further

For more information and to register visit the events page

Grammar fundamentals

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.

"Thank you for organising such a great workshop. I got so much out of it, and I would put it down to one of the best PD workshops I have been to."

How to register

For more information or to register for a future workshop please email

Present like no-one is 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.


Building E, Level 2, Rooms E24/25

How to register

For more information and to register visit the events page

Introduction to Project Management: planning the work and working the plan

This course offers an overview for small business owners and/or employees who find themselves running projects but may not feel that they have the structure, system or strategy in place to achieve the best results. You will learn to;

  • apply key elements of best-practice project management theory to small and medium projects
  • to develop an understanding of when to out-source activities or to keep them in-house
  • to have a checklist and an understanding of what needs to be considered when planning a project
  • to understand that projects and people are inextricably linked

This is a hands-on short course that allows participants to put into practice the theory that is taught.

Note: This course is delivered over two consecutive Wednesday evenings and it is essential to attend both days.

Light refreshments included.

Cost: $180

About the Presenter: Dericka Frost holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Prior to completing this, Dericka worked in the business sector in areas such as recruitment, project management and office administration.

How to register

For more information and to register visit the events page

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

For more information or to register for a future workshop please email

Books as Art Workshop Series
Black Out Poetry

Join author, Emily Larkin for an exploration into techniques for creating your own blackout poetry. This 3 (three) hour workshop will be fun, liberating and may just be the thing to cure your writer’s block or inspire a new way of creating work. No experience required. Light refreshments provided

What to bring: journal or sketchbook

What is supplied: all art materials

Where: USC Art Gallery

Cost: $35

Presenter: Emily Larkin is an Australian author who has published fiction in international literary journals including Meniscus, Number Eleven Magazine, The Zodiac Review, Seizure, and Literary Orphans. Her picture book, The Whirlpool, was published by Wombat Books in 2017, and features artwork by award-winning illustrator Helene Magisson. Emily received a Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Arts (Honours), graduating with Class 1, Division 1, and is now undertaking a doctorate in creative writing.

To read Emily’s fiction, visit,

or follow her at

How to register

For more information and to register visit the events page

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