There are a raft of new event courses in 2018, along with opportunities to gain industry accreditation and new skills.

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australia recently announced a new course in conjunction with TAFE NSW, while Meetings & Events Australia said it has extended its registered training organisation status, releasing details of its new diploma.

The Incentive Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific, which six months ago was acquired by the  Professional Convention Management Association, is also offering new educational options for 2018 (see page 28-9), and the Australian-based PCO Association continues with its accreditation program for event managers and companies.

The EEAA course has been developed in partnership with TAFE NSW and Apprenticeships Support Australia, with the traineeships designed to deliver fit-for-purpose training and skill development for new entrants to the sector by combining nationally accredited qualifications with on-the-job experience.

The traineeships offered in 2018 will also be open to other suitable candidates. To begin with, this opportunity will only be available in NSW.

Apprenticeship Support Australia will be promoting the program through its network of employers, schools and via

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Meetings & Events Australia launched its new SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management as part of a new education and professional development model for the events industry. This model provides flexible learning in event management combining practical training from industry experts with online learning. This course is designed to enable students to manage their study around their work commitments.

Students from all over Australia will have the opportunity to study what they want, at their own pace and in their own time from their desktop or mobile devices. Students can start the diploma course anytime throughout the year and the curriculum also allows students to select the course subjects that best support their career goals.

Students will be supported by an experienced trainer who will guide and assist them in completing the course. Two day workshops addressing specific units will be scheduled every ten weeks for students to attend in person or via an online link. These Workshops will provide practical knowledge and showcase case studies and experiences from experts working in the events industry. The Workshops will also be open to non-diploma students, who simply wish to update their skills and gain new knowledge.

Diploma students will receive an annual MEA Student Membership giving them access to our professional development and networking events held in each state and territory at reduced rates.