About the Practitioner Certificate

The Smart Cities Practitioner Certificate is a central part of the Smart Cities Academy. The credential allows individuals to be recognised for their knowledge and contribution to the industry.


Gaining the Practitioner Certificate credential is optional for participants in the Academy - you may complete modules without having to complete assessment items.


For those seeking the credential, successful completion of assessment items in the Foundation and Catalyst modules is required, specifically:

  • Foundation modules - both the 'Smart Cities Fundamentals' and 'Essentials for Smart Cities Action'; and

  • Catalyst modules - one of either 'Data Leadership', 'Sustainable Development Goals' or 'Data Activation'.

Following successful completion of the assessment items of the first three modules, participants receive a digital certificate (PDF).

You will also receive an electronic logo to promote your credential in correspondence, reports, websites and more. Your name and organisation will also be listed on the Smart Cities Academy website and promoted through regular news and notices.

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Credential Maintenance Process

The Academy offers an ongoing annual credential maintenance program for practitioners seeking to ensure their knowledge and skills are fresh and relevant. It also allows your ongoing contribution to the industry to be acknowledged year on year.


To maintain the Practitioner Certificate, individuals must complete 15hrs of continuing education per year from any mix of the opportunities described below. There is an annual maintenance fee of $150 AUD for non-partners of the SCC. SCC Partners are free.

Engagement activities that can contribute to continuing education hours include:

  • Complete additional Smart Cities Academy Modules

  • Participate in SCC webinars/online sessions

  • Participate in SCC Task Forces/ Communities of Practice

  • Publish Case Studies on SCC website

  • Attend Smart Cities Week, or other SCC in-person events

  • Share projects and plans on Smart Cities Activator

With each Academy module completed, or participation in the selection of other SCC education, knowledge exchange or collaborative engagement sessions, a Certificate of Completion is issued.

This can be counted as continuing education hours towards Practitioner Certificate renewal, or as a stand alone recognition of participating in a SCC knowledge exchange session.

Education Hours - Allocations

To maintain the Smart Cities Practitioner Certificate, individuals will need to demonstrate 15 continuing education hours every year (12 months from receipt of the Certificate).


Allocation of continuing education hours is as follows:


  • Attend Smart Cities Week any where in the world - 15 hours

  • Complete additional online Smart Cities Academy modules - 2hrs each

  • Participate in an SCC webinar or online discovery session - 1 hour each

  • Actively participate in an SCC Task Force and/or Community of Practice - 1 hour per meeting

  • Attend an SCC forum, think tank or similar in-person event - relevant attributable hours

  • Publish a smart cities case study on smartcitiescouncil.com - 1x case study = 4hrs, up to 8 hours annually

  • Publish smart cities project(s) in Smart Cities Activator (Exchange) - 1x project = 2hrs

  • Publish project template in Smart Cities Activator (Plan) - 1x project template = 8hrs, up to 8 hours annually

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