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Heritage Skills and Training Opportunities

This page lists some of the courses, events and activities that are available for those interested in developing their professional skills or understanding conservation practice.  Most are provided by other organisations and are noted here for information only.

If you are aware of other activities that are not included here, or have additional information on those listed, please help us to keep the page updated by contacting Heritage Services on 6551 8002 or at

Current and upcoming events   

Cathodic Protection
Basics and Beyond - the Science of Sacrifice

Venue: Novotel Perth Langley, 221 Adelaide Terrace
Date: 11 April 2019, from 5.45pm

Cathodic protection is often seen as a black-box technology – something that only experts can understand. However, the history of cathodic protection dates back over 150 years, and the science behind it is well understood. This informative seminar will focus on the basics and science of Cathodic protection, it’s history of use in concrete and structural rehabilitation and the variety of systems available today.

Join the experts to learn more about Cathodic Protection and where we’ve been, how far we’ve come and to the future of Cathodic Protection

Further details can be found on the Cathodic Protection brochure..

2019 WA State Heritage & History Conference

The 2019 State conference will be held on 29-30 April 2019 at the Westin Hotel, Perth. The theme is 'Handle with Care' and will explore places, stories and collections that may need to be 'handled with care'.

Further details are available on the WA State Heritage & History Conference website.

Heritage courses and programs

Master of Heritage Studies - University of Western Australia

Two-year postgraduate course that covers all types of heritage and offers training working with, caring for, and sharing heritage.  Taught course including study tours, professional placements and dissertation.  Available for full-time or part-time study.  

Heritage Planning Unit - Edith Cowan University

A unit providing 15 credit points that can be incorporated into a number of undergraduate courses.  Content provides an introduction to heritage and its relationship with the Australian town planning system.  Available for on-site or remote learning. 

Longford Academy (Tasmania)

A 6-day program in conservation of traditional structures and building fabric, this course is held periodically at Woolmers and Brickendon Estates in Longford, Tasmania, and delivered by the Association for Preservation Technology International.  

Cert IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management - La Trobe University

A ten-month course delivered in nine intensive blocks of five days, at locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria.  The course aims to provide skills and knowledge appropriate for working in the cultural heritage industry, particularly in relation to Aboriginal heritage.

Contacts and links

The following organisations offer training and development in one or more areas relevant to heritage conservation. If you are interested in training in an area that is not covered by a planned program you may wish to enquire about upcoming activities or customised events.

Heritage Services Division, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Heritage concepts, heritage in planning, legislative frameworks.
Email or telephone 6551 8002.

National Trust of Western Australia Materials workshops, investigation workshops, Australian Heritage Festival. Email or telephone 9321 6088 ICOMOS (International Committee on Monuments and Sites) Networking, Events and activities, primarily for members. Email or telephone (03) 9251 7131.

Planning Institute of Australia
Heritage for planners, planning concepts and frameworks.  Professional development program and events. Occasional heritage content.  Primarily for members. Email or telephone 9382 2100.

Australian Institute of Architects (WA)
Regular PD sessions (Refuel) for members but open to others.  Architectural heritage, conservation in practice, case studies.
Email or telephone 9324 3100.

FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism)
Heritage tourism, interpretation, engagement.  
Email or telephone 9448 8150.

Engineering Heritage Australia
Heritage conservation, materials and fabric, engineering and industrial heritage.
Email or telephone 9321 3340.

Heritage Perth
Facilitate heritage skills presentations / workshops, heritage tourism, interpretation. 
Email or telephone 9461 3332.

Museums & Galleries Australia (WA)
Collections management, interpretation, materials conservation.
Email or telephone 9431 8461.

Australian Concrete Repair Association
Materials conservation focusing on concrete structures and finishes. Professional development program and events.
Email or telephone (02) 9645 3692 (NSW Office).

ABC Training Academy

Although primarily based in South Australia, this heritage-based building team is expanding into WA and may be able to provide future hands-on skills training. It posts regular updates on upcoming activities, which may include archaeology, stonework and lime workshops. ABC also invites proposals for bespoke training courses. 
Email or telephone 1300 853 003.


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