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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

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
When: CDec course Saturday 3 March 2018 or 1 September 2018
JP course Saturday 3 March 2018 and Saturday 10 March 2018 or Saturday 1 September and Saturday 8 September 2018 (essential to attend both days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course (3 March) and $350 JP course

Where: USC South Bank
66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane (Ground Floor, Building B, South Bank Education and Training Precinct) 
When: CDec course Monday 12 February or Monday 24 September  
JP course Monday 12 February and Tuesday 13 February 2018 or Monday 24 September and Tuesday 25 September 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 Rd, Gympie
When: CDec course Saturday 7 April or Saturday 14 April 2018 
JP course Saturday 7 April and Saturday 14 April 2018 or Saturday 4 August and Saturday 11 August 2018(essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Noosa
Noosa Drive, Noosa
When: CDec course Saturday 5 May or Saturday 3 November 2018 
JP course Saturday 5 May and Saturday 12 May 2018 or Saturday 3 November and Saturday 10 November 2018 (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
When: CDec course Saturday 26 May or Saturday 2 June 2018 
JP course Saturday 26 May and Saturday 2 June 2018 or Saturday 20 October and Saturday 27 October 2018 (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Fraser Coast
Old Maryborough Rd, Hervey Bay
When: CDec course Saturday 7 July or Saturday 24 November 2018 
JP course Saturday 7 July and Saturday 14 July 2018 or Saturday 24 November and Saturday 25 November 2018 (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:

Grammar essentials

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.


9 March, 4 May, 29 June 2018 - Sippy Downs, Fraser Coast

16 March, 11 May, 6 July - Gympie



How to register

To register for these course please visit our events pages - Sippy Downs, Fraser Coast, Gympie

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 email

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