You are required to undertake two initial pieces of assessment to demonstrate your readiness for the VAPA:
- Sample of Practice
You can begin your Self-Assessment by completing this registration form.
The Self-Assessment is an online questionnaire to determine your current level of development against the VAPA Leadership Framework.
The Self-Assessment can be completed at any time during your career stage journey, regardless of whether you are considering applying for VAPA now or in the future. The Self-Assessment may take up to an hour and is best done in one sitting.
On submission of your Self-Assessment, you will receive an email including your Self-Assessment results, the VAPA Leadership Framework Scaffolds booklet, and a Victorian Aspirant Principal Professional Development Plan template. The Scaffolds booklet provides possible actions for the next steps in your development, while the Professional Development Plan template can be used to guide the development of goals in your Performance and Development Plan (PDP).
Your Self-Assessment results and resources can be used in a variety of ways, including:
- to track your own development in key areas of educational leadership
- as evidence of your capability development for your PDP
- in discussion with your principal to determine how they can support your development
- for guidance about undertaking the VAPA.
The Self-Assessment results email will also provide further information about completing your Sample of Practice.
Sample of Practice
Following your Self-Assessment, you will be invited to undertake the next stage of the process which is the submission of a Sample of Practice against selected Performance Indicators from the VAPA Leadership Framework.
Your Sample of Practice will be assessed by experienced retired principals to determine whether you proceed to the VAPA or whether the evidence presented in your Sample of Practice indicates that further learning and development is required before undertaking the full VAPA.
Please visit the 'Sample of Practice' tab for further information.
If you are deemed eligible to undertake the VAPA, you will be required to complete the following tasks.
|Provide contact details of your current principal (or equivalent supervisor) and agree for them to nominate raters (your principal included) who will assess you against the VAPA Leadership Framework and a social and emotional competency framework.||Five minutes|
|Participate in a briefing session.||Up to a full day|
|Assemble a range of existing materials that you have produced independently and/or as part of a team (e.g. within your workplace) and annotate them to show your unique contributions.||Up to four days over two months in your own time|
|Present your portfolio to an assessment panel and provide additional evidence (if required) to demonstrate your individual leadership expertise.||Approximately 60 – 90-minute interview|
|Participate in a telephone debrief.||Approximately 30 minutes|
Indicative key dates can be found on the 'Intake Dates and Apply' tab.