Professional conference organisers will now have the opportunity to gain extra skills and formal qualifications at special rates thanks to a new partnership between the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association and TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi).
Under the partnership, PCO Association members will be able to gain an exclusive rate on:
- An exclusive double Diploma of Events / Travel and Tourism;
- Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Events; and
- Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism.
Courses will equip PCO Association members with extra skills in leadership, project management, business relationships, proposals and bids, conference programs, business documentation, budgeting and risk management.
Students will have up to six months to complete their chosen course. The time taken to gain a formal qualification may be reduced as SWSi will recognise the relevant skills PCO Association members have already gained through work or prior study.
The next intake will be in October with a maximum of 15 places allocated for members.
SWSi Events Management Head Teacher Amanda Good said the exclusive offer to PCO Association members was a great opportunity for people in the industry to gain new skills and to advance their careers.
“Professional conference companies are increasingly looking for highly skilled organisers with formal qualifications,” Ms Good said.
“The great news is that PCO Association membership now gives you an opportunity to gain the formal qualifications employers are looking for at a special rate.”
SWSi is one of Australia’s largest educational institutions, delivering programs to more than 72,000 students every year in nine colleges across South Western Sydney, in workplaces all over Australia and internationally.
SWSi was awarded the 2013 Large Training Provider of the Year Award as part of the annual NSW Training Awards.