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Our professional education courses are developed with an emphasis on providing practical, relevant and current content specific to your profession. Please find a list of our current course offerings below.

PATH training

PATH training

PATH training
Who should attend our PATH training?

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

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

Dates: Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September 2018.

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

Grammar fundamentals
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."

For more information email

Public speaking skills
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.

How to register

For more information please email us

Project management
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.

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 please email us.

Arts Law seminars
Know Your Writes

Writing and publishing touch on many complex legal issues. Join Arts Law as we cover the basics of things to look out for in publishing contracts, copyright and your work, the online space and defamation law. This session is relevant to all writers.

Location: Sippy Downs - Innovation Centre

Date: Wednesday 1 August, 12 noon

For more information and to register visit the events page

Copywright 101 for Artists

Creating art means creating copyright. Let us walk you through owning and using your copyright, knowing your moral rights as well as creating copyright with other people. This session uses practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and, dare we say, fun for creatives. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms.


Sippy Downs, Innovation Centre, Wednesday 1 August, 2pm

For more information and to register visit the events page

Gympie, AICM Building, 26 Channon St, Thursday 2 August, 4pm

For more information and to register visit the events page

When law hits the catwalk: How fashion and law can look good together

If you are a professional or emerging designer and want to learn more about the legal side of things, come along to a free Arts Law seminar geared to fashion businesses and presented by Suzanne Derry from Arts Law Australia.

Fashion as a business:

  • structuring your business, business basics
  • partnering with others
  • contracts and getting deals down in writing

Copyright and design issues:

  • what do you need to know about design registration and copyright

Location: Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs

Date: Wednesday 1 August, 4pm

For more information and to register visit the events page

Legals for Musicians

Walking you through the legal issues around contracts to navigate, to successful protection and marketing of your music. This workshop helps you understand your rights and how to deal with them in growing your music practice. We will cover rights you have in your music, things to consider when you are performing in a band, and what to look out for in producer and publishing agreements. This workshop is relevant to all musicians, including solo artists and bands.

Location: Gympie, AICM Building, 26 Channon St

Date: Thursday 2 August, 7pm

For more information and to register visit the events page

Networking and arts advice clinics — Sippy Downs

Please stay around for nibbles and networking after the last session where several appointments with Suzanne will be available for advice from 6pm to 7pm. Please register your interest by emailing You will be contacted by Tuesday 31 with confirmation of your appointment.

Networking and arts advice clinics — Gympie

Individual appointments will be available for arts law advice from 6-7pm. Bookings are essential. To register email:

Professional Development for Japanese Language Teachers

USC is offering professional development for Japanese language teachers. The five week course will cover topics including;

  • My World- family, carers and friends, lifestyle and leisure, and education
  • Exploring our world - travel, technology and media, the contribution of Japanese culture to the world
  • Our Society - roles and relationships, socialising and connecting with my peers, groups in society
  • My Future - finishing secondary school, plans and reflections, responsibilities and moving on
  • Culminating - guided conversation practice on chosen topics, grammar practice

Facilitator: Michiko Matsumoto is a dedicated Japanese Teacher with 10 years’ experience teaching both children and adult learners. Before moving to Australia 10 years ago, she has completed a Bachelor degree majoring Japanese history and culture, and Japanese language teaching course. In Australia, she received a Graduate Diploma and Masters in Education from QUT. Her passion is to provide enjoyable learning opportunities and support Japanese learners to achieve their goals.

For more information and to register visit the events page.

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