The Institute facilitates the delivery of professional development activities for individuals in the heritage and arts sectors through a range of professional development activities including:
Professional development short courses
Courses of 5 or more days duration that can be accredited to courses of study or build professional experience and skills
½ - 1 day sessions of updates on current practice and issues in specific areas of professional expertise or professional practice.
Skills development workshops
1 - 3 day workshops designed to build skills in specific areas of professional practice. This can include the development of competency in the application of techniques or processes applicable to workplace or individual professional development needs.
Standards and methods workshops
Sessions of varying lengths designed to improve professional practice in areas of heritage and the arts where there is need for attention to the development of standards and methods. Professional development occurs for individuals within the activity of participating in the collective development of new standards and methods.
Professional conversations are short, informal sessions held with an eminent heritage or arts professional. These sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for a small group of people to discuss the influences on a particular professional life, career and individual's work. These sessions will take advantage of visits by eminent academics and professionals.
Special interest small group travel programs that are designed to provide opportunities for professional development through exposure to professional practice issues as they occur at a variety of places on a selected itinerary. Study tours will be accompanied by suitable subject matter experts.
The Institute is located within the Research School of Humanities & the Arts that offers a comprehensive program of graduate course work in liberal arts. These include specialisations in Museums and Collections, Cultural and Environmental Heritage, Visual Culture Research and Writing World Histories and Lives. These programs include the opportunity to undertake an internship in a wide range of host institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
Criteria for Institute involvement in professional development activities
The Institute can support or facilitate professional development activities where they satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
1. activities fulfil professional development needs as identified by the members;
2. activities fulfill professional development needs as identified by industry groups, partner organisations or through some other form of needs analysis; and
3. activities that meet a market need and can generate income for the Institute that enhances the sustainability of the Institute and ongoing provision of services to members.
The program of professional development activities for the Institute is developed by the Institute Program Coordinators and considered by the Board at each meeting.