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APS practice certificate in sleep psychology part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology

Event number: 14850
10 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD

APS practice certificate in sleep psychology

The APS practice certificate in sleep psychology has been developed by the APS Institute in close collaboration with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA). The content has been selected and assembled to enable psychologists and other sleep practitioners to gain knowledge of, and insight into, healthy and disordered sleep, including the assessment and management of the common sleep disorders. The APS practice certificate program consists of four component courses as follows:

  • Part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology
  • Part 2: Insomnia
  • Part 3: Circadian rhythm sleep disorder
  • Part 4: Obstructive sleep apnoea and CPAP adherence

Courses can be selected and taken individually although the APS Institute strongly recommends Part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology as basic preparation for the three remaining courses that make up the program. Persons who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion for the course they have completed. Persons who successfully complete all four courses above will receive the APS practice certificate in sleep psychology to acknowledge their completion of this extended program of training.

Part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology

The field of sleep science is relatively new and generally not well represented in psychologists’ and other allied health practitioners’ pre-registration training. In reality, however, disordered sleep is an extremely common presentation amongst users of psychological and other health services. It is now acknowledged that sleep problems in their own right require specific assessment and treatment, and should not be viewed and treated merely as symptoms of other disorders. This dedicated emphasis on sleep itself is reflected in recent changes to the DSM-5, which also acknowledge the bi-directional, interactive effects between sleep disorders and coexisting medical and mental disorders. Such changes are indicative of a paradigm shift that is widely accepted in the field of sleep medicine. This online course offers an introductory overview of sleep psychology by highlighting features of normal sleep and of disturbed sleep across a broad range of sleep disorders. It consists of nine modules that explain sleep, the role of sleep, social factors influencing sleep, healthy sleep practices, measurement of sleep, and the classification, assessment and treatment of sleep disorders. Issuance of the certificate of completion depends on the successful completion of a short online assessment task.

Duration of enrolment

The course duration is 6 months from the date of your course registration.

What you need to access this online course

Click here to view the technical requirements for accessing this online course.

The APS Institute recommends that persons considering the online training should read its eLearning FAQs.

Online registration


APS Member $250
ASA Member $250
Non-Member $375


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