Custom courses

We provide custom-designed courses for organisations of all sizes – from small businesses, through to large enterprises. Our custom-designed courses tailored and contexualisaed for each client and often include a combination of class-room based learning and practical experiences, incorporating the concepts and principles of integrated water management.

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Our approach

We have provided custom-designed courses to organisations and groups across the world since 2006. In our courses we:

  • work with our partner organisastions or group to identify their specific training needs and develop a custom-designed course to build the required skills and knowledge
  • build on participants’ professional experience and improve their ability to solve water-related problems in an integrated fashion
  • combine interactive classroom learning with experiential learning, to build both knowledge and skills
  • enable participants to broaden their knowledge of integrated water management, while pursuing particular areas of interest and expertise
  • provide flexible courses that can be tailored to included any combination of English communication skills, postgraduate-level academic material (non award), field trips, industry placements or technical study tours
  • use comparative Australian and international case studies to ensure a well-rounded global view of complex integrated water management strategies and issues.

Flexible training formats

Our customised training courses are individually designed to match clients’ needs and professional interests. We customise our programs to accommodate participants’ time frame, English skills, location, group size and other requirements.

Our approach is to facilitate highly participative and active learning through a range of classroom workshops (~60% course time) and field-based activities (~40% course time) with scientific experts and industry leaders.

Learning activities can include:

  • classroom lectures
  • practical skill development
  • team-based learning and problem solving exercises
  • individual research/study projects
  • field visits with practical activities
  • case study analysis.

We use a range of training venues through-out Australia, depending upon the course topics. Courses longer than 2 weeks usually involve multiple classroom and field venues, such as The University of Queensland (Brisbane), Griffith University (Brisbane, Gold Coast), Stradbroke Island Research Station (Moreton Bay), Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Gladstone, Melbourne.

We also develop and deliver in-country customised courses.

Course topics

Courses can be designed to strengthen knowledge and skills in any of these IWM themes, or in one or more specific topics, including:

  • principles and practices of integrated water management
  • water, sanitation and hygiene: supporting evidence-based WASH
  • behaviour change for WASH
  • urban water management
  • managing water conflict
  • water governance and policy
  • water planning and economics
  • water science to policy and people
  • trans-boundary water management
  • water security
  • climate change and water management
  • integrated catchment management
  • managing environmental river flows
  • community participation
  • program design and management
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • water leadership
  • management of irrigation systems.

Case study

BAPPENAS Indonesia – Flood Risk Resilience

We developed a 2-week training program, to be delivered to 25 participants, including staff from central agencies, such as BAPPENAS, National Planning Board, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Public Works and Housing and Ministry of Agriculture, as well as representatives from local agencies from two provinces, three districts and one city.

The delivery methodology included the following components:

  • in-class presentations
  • focus group discussions
  • field visits
  • simulations of disaster (flood) preparedness.

Specific topics discussed during the training included, but were not limited to:

  • disaster management
  • best practice flood risk management
  • community driven development in flood management
  • land management and flood infrastructure improvements.

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