Welcome to the Sphere in Practice course
The online training is based on the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook and reflects the major challenges currently faced by the sector. It features realistic examples from complex and protracted crises, a range of settlement scenarios including urban settings, and covers many topics including Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). Dynamic links to the Interactive Sphere Handbook will help you connect these scenarios to the guidance provided by Sphere standards.

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Is this course for me?
This course supports students, humanitarian professionals and anyone who wishes to learn about humanitarian standards in an interactive and engaging way. 

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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Define the rights of people affected by crises and disasters;
  • Discuss the value of the Sphere principles and standards in supporting a high-quality and accountable humanitarian response;
  • Describe how to use the Sphere Handbook in key areas of humanitarian work including:

  1. Accountability to affected populations (AAP), which includes participation, building on and strengthening capacities and two-way communication;
  2. Needs and capacities assessment;
  3. Programme design, monitoring and evaluation and coordination;
  4. Upholding the rights, security and dignity of affected populations;
  5. Resilience and early recovery.

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How long will it take?
 This course should take you around 8-10 hours to complete.

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free!

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes - you will be able to download a certificate once you have have completed all of the modules within the course.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Scroll to the top of the page and click on the       Join course       button. This will take you through to the course content. You don't need to complete the course in one go - you can always continue later from where you left off.