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Venue Management School prepares for 2015 program

Venue Management School prepares for 2015 program
October 23, 2015

The Venue Management School (VMS) is currently preparing for its 2015 intake of students for its program which begins on Sunday 8th November.

Offered by the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Limited, the VMS’ purpose is to provide a learning platform where students can upgrade their skills and knowledge to industry best-practice. The School also aims to engender the development of peer networks within the industry.

The course provides students with the opportunity of gaining a Diploma qualification and has international associations, having been adapted from the model that the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) offers at its school at Oglebay, USA – and remodelled to suit the local industry.

Course instructors are drawn from the ranks of senior venue managers in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Asia with additional instructors engaged when specialist expertise is required. The school incorporates an instructor exchange program with the IAVM VMS (USA) and is grateful for their professional involvement.

Course notes for each subject are available to students online before the school and these become a valuable workplace reference manual.

In April 2015, the VMA was successful in the creation and approval of the 10569NAT Diploma of Venue Management by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The VMA now owns the qualification and administers it in-house.

Linked to the VMS, and running concurrently with the VMS, the Graduate Institute training program for venue professionals is considered one of the VMA’s benchmark educational programs, developed specifically for Graduates of the VMS.

The Graduate Institute is advanced education for venue professionals focusing on leadership, strategic planning, management theory, human resource management, problem solving, and decision making.

With a  goal, to expand an individual’s management techniques and leadership skills, the Graduate Institute is more conceptual than VMS, and should be considered ‘the next level’ for venue managers.

Course instructors are specialist in their fields, again drawn from the ranks of senior venue managers in Australia, North America and Europe. Expertise is also drawn from the Graduate Institute program in the USA-based School, held each June in Wheeling, West Virginia.

This year, the program will run from 2pm on Sunday 8th November, culminating with the Graduation Dinner on Thursday 12th November.

Commenting on the programs, Tim Worton, Dean – Graduate Institute Group Director – Arenas, AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, stated “the Graduate Institute will consist of eight sessions of three hours and 15 minutes duration each, plus a number of other activities, most of which are run in conjunction with the VMS program.

“The Graduate Institute will be limited to 20 students, in order to facilitate the desired learning and networking experience, and so in the highly likely event that more than 20 applications are received, a ballot system will be employed, subsequent to the VMS Committee ensuring that the applicants meet the criteria required.

“Our program is modelled on the highly successful Graduate Institute that the IAVM has been running at Oglebay in Wheeling, West Virginia USA for a number of years.

“The sessions will be delivered by an outstanding group of venue management industry professionals, and the VMA and VMS Committee is excited to be conducting the GI from 2014 onwards.

“So, for young leaders in the making and leaders looking to enhance and fine-tune their leadership skills in the venue management industry, the VMS Graduate Institute is the program that you should strongly consider embarking upon.”

Attendance at VMS and Graduate Institute will allow participants to earn credits toward the Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) program.

The VMS School Committee is currently working through the opportunity for students to be issued with an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Venue Management.

Further information will be available in the near future.

Both the VMA and Graduate Institute are held at the Salt Resort Kingscliff from Sunday 8th November to Friday 13th November 2015.

For further information on the VMS go to

For further information on the Graduate Institute go to



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