Mandatory training for schools

All staff must complete a range of mandatory training to comply with departmental and legislative requirements. Mandatory training is required when staff enter the department as part of the induction process and on an ongoing basis throughout employment. This applies to all permanent, temporary and casual staff, both school-based and non-school-based.

Mandatory training modules will be refreshed across 2022 to improve the user experience, simplify and streamline modules, consolidate courses where appropriate and reduce the overall time impact for mandatory training in schools.

Mandatory training for teaching and school-based staff

Mandatory training is required when staff enter the department as part of the induction process and on an ongoing basis throughout employment. It includes:

Aboriginal Cultural Education training

Enrolment and delivery: Available for enrolment in MyPL in Term 3 2022. AECG involvement is recommended, where possible.

Required: On commencement

Timing: Every 3 years

Anaphylaxis e-learning Teaching and Administrative Staff (NRG01569)

Mandatory training for school staff such as, but not limited to, classroom teachers, School Administrative Managers (SAM) and School Learning Support Officers (SLSO).

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (1 hour)

Required: Before or on first day

Timing: Every 2 years

Anaphylaxis e-learning Leadership (NRG01570)

Mandatory training for school staff such as, but not limited to, Principals, Deputy Principals, Assistant Principals and Head Teachers.

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (1 hour 15 mins)

Required: Before or on first day

Timing: Every 2 years

Anaphylaxis e-learning Essential (NRG01610)

Mandatory training for school staff such as, but not limited to, General Assistants and Farm Assistants.

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (45 mins)

Required: Before or on first day

Timing: Every 2 years

For more information visit the Anaphylaxis e-Learning page.

Anti-Racism Policy training (NR30069)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (1 hour)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Every 2 years

Child Protection Awareness Induction Training (NR28972)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (2 hours)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Once

Child Protection Update 2021 (NR28898)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (1 hour)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Annually

For more information about child protection training requirements visit the Child Protection Website.

Code of conduct online (NR27345)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (1.5 hours)

Required: By end of first day

Timing: Annually

Corruption prevention for Public Schools (NRG01999)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (1 hour)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Annually

Cyber Security NSW Essentials training (NR31133)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (45 mins)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Annually

Data Breach Preparedness Module 1: Reporting Data Breaches (NRG12326)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (30 mins)

Required: Prior to commencement or on first day of employment

Timing: Every 5 years

e-Emergency Care

Enrolment and delivery: Access the e-Safety website and navigate to the ‘Catalogue’ page > WHS Mandatory Training (2 hours). Note: This training will be available through MyPL from 16 Dec 2021.

Required: Prior to commencement or on first day of employment

Timing: Every 3 years

For more information visit the e-Emergency Care page.

WHS Induction

Enrolment and delivery: Access the e-Safety website and navigate to the ‘Catalogue’ page > WHS Mandatory Training (2 hours). Note: This training will be available through MyPL from 16 Dec 2021.

Required: Prior to commencement or on first day of employment

Timing: Once

Mandatory training for schools

Schools must ensure identified staff are trained in the following:

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

It is mandatory for all NSW government schools to arrange and conduct CPR training annually. Each school is required to ensure that a significant proportion of staff attend the training, subject to essential student supervision arrangements.

Enrolment and delivery: Review available face-to-face and remote learning options on the First Aid, CPR and Anaphylaxis training website

Required: As required

Timing: Annually

First Aid

Mandatory training for nominated First Aid Officers receiving an allowance.

Enrolment and delivery: Review available face-to-face and remote learning options on the First Aid, CPR and Anaphylaxis training website

Required: Nominated First Aid Officers receiving an allowance

Timing: Every 3 years

Recognition and management of anaphylaxis (RAMOAP)

It is mandatory for all NSW government schools to arrange and conduct Anaphylaxis training annually. Each school is required to ensure that a significant proportion of staff attend the training, subject to essential student supervision arrangements.

Enrolment and delivery: Review available face-to-face and remote learning options on the First Aid, CPR and Anaphylaxis training website

Required: As required

Timing: Annually

Mandatory training for specific roles

Some mandatory training is required for specific roles, and includes:

Administration of medication in Schools e-Learning

This e-learning provides staff with essential information and training on the administration of medication to students. It is mandatory training for staff who are required to administer medication to students.

Enrolment and delivery: Access the e-Safety website and navigate to the ‘Catalogue’ page > Administration of Medication (2 hours). Note: This training will be available through MyPL from 16 Dec 2021.

Required: On commencement. Mandatory for staff prior to administrating prescribed medication to students.

Timing: Every 3 years

Chemical Safety in Schools (CSIS)

Mandatory training is dependent on the role and contact with chemicals. It is required for employees who:

  • use, handle, generate or store hazardous chemicals

  • operate, test, maintain, repair or decommission a storage or handling system for a hazardous chemical, and/or

  • are likely to be exposed to a hazardous chemical

Enrolment and delivery: Self-paced or face-to-face options are available via the Chemical Safety in Schools Package website.

Required: On commencement

Timing: As required

Cyber Security NSW Essentials Plus training (NT01649)

This e-learning has been designed for staff with privileged access to systems, including School ICT Coordinatorsand Technology Support Officers. It should be completed in addition to the Cyber Security NSW Essentialstraining for all staff.

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (20 mins)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Annually

Data Breach Preparedness Module 2: Managing Data Breaches (NR28309)

Mandatory training for any school or non-school-based roles who own data. Principals, or their nominees, are data owners.

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (15 mins)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Every 5 years

Disability standards for education leaders (NRG10974)

Mandatory training for staff who are substantive, active or relieving as Director Educational Leadership, Principal, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal or Head Teacher.

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (4.5 hours)

Required: On commencement

Timing: Every 3 years

Mandatory certification and recertification for any School Learning Support Officer who is required to deliver student health support related to enteral (tube) feeding, clean intermittent catheterisation, suctioning and/or tracheostomy management.

Health Support in Schools Training (Certification) (NT00559)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (6 hours)

Required: Mandatory for SLSOs, SLSO (Student Health Support) or SLSO (Preschool) prior to supporting a student

Timing: Once

Health Support in Schools Training (Recertification) (NT00560)

Enrolment and delivery: Enrol in MyPL (3 hours)

Required: As required

Timing: Every 2 years

Applicants for a principal position in NSW public schools are required to attain the NSW Public School Leadership and Management Credential before applying.

Frequently asked questions

All staff are required to complete relevant mandatory training to comply with legislative, department and school requirements, ensuring the safety and optimal functioning of the school. Professional Learning Policy for Teachers and School Staff 1.6.

Employees:

  • ‘Must maintain the required credentials to fulfil [their] role, including Working with Children Check Clearances, accreditation and mandatory training as required by law and/or department policy’. Code of Conduct 9.7
  • Must ‘complete training the department identifies as mandatory, specific to their role, within the required timeframe and through the provided structures’. Professional Learning Policy for Teachers and School Staff 4.1

Principals:

  • Effectively use professional learning and other appropriate funds, and provide time for all staff to undertake professional learning and required mandatory training. Professional Learning Policy for Teachers and School Staff 4.2
  • As workplace managers, ‘have effective systems to keep employees informed of legislation, policies and procedures that apply to their work including induction processes, mandatory training and ongoing learning.’ Code of Conduct 9.7
  • Must ensure that a significant proportion of staff attend CPR and RAMOAP training, subject to essential student supervision arrangements
  • Consider the mandatory training requirements for specific roles e.g. Administration of Medication in Schools for staff who are required to administer medication to students.

The Scout-HR-Staff compliance report plays a critical role in monitoring and planning mandatory training for current staff in a specific school.

  • The report is available to Principals, DPs, Business Managers and SAMs, as this task is often delegated to key staff. The principal needs line of sight to any delegated processes and tasks.
  • Only DoE employees currently engaged by a school are included. Current staff remain on the report until the end of their employment. This may be the end date of a temporary contract or the end date of a casual nomination.
  • Currency of staff training is evident in the report with a countdown to expiry.
  • All mandatory training for teaching and school-based staff is included in the report (as of Term 3 2021)
  • The report is being upgraded to include items from the mandatory training for schools and specific roles (Due date: early Term 1 2022).
  • It is imperative that school leaders monitor the report, consider the complexities of their school context and take appropriate action. For example:
    • Planning for staff leave where those staff have additional training that may not be held by others
    • Ensuring that induction processes cover mandatory training required on commencement
    • Following up on staff who have not maintained required credentials.

No. Evidence of completion of all mandatory training for current teaching and school-based staff is included in the report.

The school auditor generates a SAP report for current staff and this will usually be cross-referenced against the Staff compliance report.

The report is reliant on regular data feeds from various sources. This means the report is updated overnight, and at times within 2 business days. Data fed from external providers, for example, from third party face-to-face trainers, will take longer.

Best practice is to check the report twice each term. From time to time, you might need to act on a backlog of staff completing mandatory training.

No. Staff show on this report only when they are currently engaged by the school. Staff data is drawn from SAP to ensure currency, and this includes those staff employed through temporary contracts or casual nominations.

The Induction hub supports principals and school executive with checklists when employing new staff. However, ClassCover provides a green tick for all casual teachers successfully screened for employment, and this includes mandatory training compliance. By ensuring that you only nominate casuals with a green tick in ClassCover, you will not need to check their certificates.

Yes. ClassCover is the preferred casual employment recruitment tool within NSW public schools.

Integration of ClassCover and DoE systems means teacher status verification is shown to schools at the point of booking. This eliminates the need for manual checks via multiple DoE systems (teacher approval and mandatory training status).

A green tick in ClassCover indicates that a casual teacher:

  • has Approval to Teach
  • holds a current WWCC
  • has completed all mandatory training
  • can confidently be nominated as a casual in your school.

In addition to mandatory training and employment screening checks completed by ClassCover, remember to complete local WHS induction and final screening checks prior to employing a casual teacher at your school. This is described in WWCC compliance checklist for employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors, ‘Casual Teacher sourced via Class Cover’, p6.

To ensure you are monitoring compliance for all your staff, including nominated casuals, regularly check Scout-HR-Staff compliance report for compliance factors. Always check NTBE for casuals returning from a break.

Managing current staff compliance with mandatory training requires school leadership team members to monitor the Staff compliance report and take action.

MyPL sends reminder emails to staff members 14 days before expiry, 7 days before expiry and on the day of expiry for mandatory training courses.

Ensuring that one-off mandatory training is complete is part of the school induction procedures. No reminder emails are sent.

See the Scout-HR-Staff compliance Report explanation webpage.

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