Academy Student Stories

“Invaluable insights into how to be successful within the industry”
Daniel Potts - DEV 2-1

 "The Property Development Industry Diploma provided me with a broad range of property knowledge. I found the variety of the course material really useful, with a good balance between theoretical learning and practical tools for navigating property - from financing through to legal considerations. Probably the most understated benefit from joining the Academy was being surrounded by like-minded individuals whilst being taught by industry leaders.

Being able to engage in more ‘off the cuff’ conversations with the presenters gave me invaluable insights into how to be successful within property development and the wider industry.”

- Daniel Potts, Fortius
“I enjoyed the real-life case studies facilitated by leaders in the industry”
Gisele Posilero - DEV 2

"When I first entered the property industry, my manager recommended the Property Development Industry Diploma course to help increase my knowledge and understanding of the shopping centre environment. Attending the course has truly been invaluable and has provided me with a wealth of knowledge I wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to in my role. What I enjoyed about the course was the use of real life case studies and having these facilitated by leaders in the industry.

The topics covered were a perfect mix of theory and practical work which I have since been able to apply in my role and has assisted me in mentoring others.”

- Giselle Posilero, AMP Capital
“An opportunity to connect and learn from a diverse range of industry participants”
Adrian Tse - PAM 2

“I was looking for professional development that was practical and could be applied in my day to day job. The fact that the Academy courses are presented by industry professionals and attended by people who work in property drew me towards these courses. As an Associate Director at PwC Real Estate Advisory, I advise clients from strategy through to transactions, asset management and development.

I was impressed by the breadth of material in the Property Asset Managementcourses. They also provided an opportunity to connect and learn from a diverse range of industry participants, which was highly valuable.”

- Adrian Tse, PwC Real Estate Advisory
“The coursework has been invaluable for my academic retirement village knowledge”
Angela Trevor - VM 2

"The Village Management Industry Diploma has given me an opportunity to advance further in my chosen industry. When the Academy presented this course to members, it was clear that it could only be a benefit to participate. The coursework has been invaluable for me to gain academic knowledge as well as giving me a unique opportunity to network with others in the industry. I am sure the other participants would agree that this course also reinforces what we already know and gives us encouragement that we are on the right track.

My aim is to be of more benefit to my employer and to be confident in the work that I do. This course definitely helps me to work towards this goal.”

- Angela Trevor, Living Choice Australia Ltd
“Access to industry experts who are welcoming and willing to provide guidance”
Brendan Russo - OFM 2

"The Academy’s Operations & Facilities Management Diploma is structured in a way that anyone who attends, will get out what they put in. If you’re seeking further education in your field this will be of value to you; you will be challenged and it certainly helps to steer you in the right direction.

What I found most beneficial was the access to industry experts who are welcoming and willing to provide guidance. This is what drew me to study with the Academy, knowing that the quality of successful participants at the end of the course was most important.”

- Brendan Russo, Mirvac
“A chance to gain knowledge, insights and recognition within the property industry”
Robyn Martin - PIF 2

"Recommended to me by several colleagues who are also past students, I found the Academy’s Property Investment & Finance Diploma to be very valuable for my role and work performance. Undertaking this course has provided me with a greater understanding of the many factors to be considered in the establishment and management of a property fund, and I found the insights gained from the experienced industry professionals who presented and led casework groups to be of particular benefit.

I was honoured to win the Academy Champion Award in 2015, and since then I have grown my skills and knowledge further by taking the Property Development Advanced Course and additional Electives.”

- Robyn Martin, QIC
“The Academy has dramatically changed how we achieve leadership in Retirement Living”
Mike Lans - VM 2

"To date, training toward excellence in leadership and achieving industry best-practice in Retirement Living has been largely achieved via experience in the role. The Academy has changed this in a dramatic way by offering sequential and professional training to existing village managers and prospective managers. Each topic is taught by an expert in that field and my team learnt as much from the Q&A sessions afterwards as they did from the lectures.

Another fabulous bonus of the Academy’s Village Management courses is that you get to network with other colleagues who share your enthusiasm to improve and who have similar responsibilities in their village.”

- Mike Lans, The Arbour Berry & Wivenhoe Village

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