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Sexuality Educator

Accreditation criteria

There are minimum standards for Provisional and Clinical accreditation as a Sexuality Educator. Existing members can apply for accreditation through the Members Portal.


Provisional Sexuality Educator

It is necessary to have experience in providing sexuality education or the education of aligned topics such as respectful relationships, violence prevention, or inclusion. 

Teaching/Training practice hours

  • A minimum of 72 training/teaching hours in sexuality or a cognisant area. These must be formal training hours and not adjunct to another role or therapy

Training and Education Provision

  • Minimum Certificate IV Training and Assessment (or equivalent, or RPL), or
  • Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Bachelor/Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma and Masters in a cognate area (Education, teaching, training)

Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance

Proof of National Police Check (and/or Working with Children’s Check where appropriate)

Sexological Education

A minimum of 216 hours (or RPL equivalent) is required covering the following content areas:

  • Overview of the discipline of sexology (including historical and contemporary approaches to psychosexual therapy and sexuality research)
  • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (including sexual and gender diversity/identity, spirituality/religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual subcultures)
  • Sexual Function and Dysfunction (including diagnosis, testing/assessment, intervention)
  • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology (including models of sexual response cycles)
  • Developmental sexuality across the lifespan
  • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices
  • Knowledge of atypical sexual behaviours (including rape and sexual assault, paraphilias, and fetishes)
  • Familiarity of current research in psychosexual therapeutic and sexuality-related (broad) research.

Attitudes and Values Training Experience

A minimum of 12 hours is required in:

  • A Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. approved Attitudes and Values training experience (e.g. SAR); consisting of a process oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behaviour.

Such training is not to be construed as personal psychotherapy or as an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.

The applicant will submit a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of psychosexual therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

Clinical Sexuality Educator

To achieve Clinical Accredited status a practitioner is required to have extensive experience in providing sexuality education or aligned topics such as respectful relationships, violence prevention, or inclusion. 

Teaching/Training practice hours

  • A minimum of 216 training/teaching hours in sexuality or a cognisant area. These must be formal training hours and not adjunct to another role or therapy
  • A minimum of 24 hours mentorship by SAS clinical sexuality educator or SAS approved (by Accreditation Committee) mentor

Training and Education provision

  • Minimum Certificate IV Training and Assessment (or equivalent, or RPL), or
  • Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Bachelor/Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma and Masters in a cognate area (Education, teaching, training)

Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance

Proof of National Police Check (and/or Working with Children’s Check where appropriate)

Sexological Education

A minimum of 216 hours (or RPL equivalent) is required covering the following content areas:

  • Overview of the discipline of sexology (including historical and contemporary approaches to psychosexual therapy and sexuality research)
  • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (including sexual and gender diversity/identity, spirituality/religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual subcultures)
  • Sexual Function and Dysfunction (including diagnosis, testing/assessment, intervention)
  • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology (including models of sexual response cycles)
  • Developmental sexuality across the lifespan
  • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices
  • Knowledge of atypical sexual behaviours (including rape and sexual assault, paraphilias, and fetishes)
  • Familiarity of current research in psychosexual therapeutic and sexuality-related (broad) research.

Attitudes and Values Training Experience

A minimum of 12 hours is required in:

  • A Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. approved Attitudes and Values training experience (e.g. SAR); consisting of a process oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behaviour.

Such training is not to be construed as personal psychotherapy or as an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.

The applicant will submit a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of psychosexual therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

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