VIC Association Credentials Workshop
Associations can distinguish themselves from other organisations and add value via credentials. As well as the identification of necessary and desirable standards for a profession or industry, credentials usually add to the ability of credential holders to secure better jobs or more client work, plus they generate income for the association.
This practical workshop will be an interactive session where attendees can learn from the experience of facilitators and from each other. We encourage associations interested in credentials, certification, accreditation and designations to join us as these topics are explored.
9.00am Session 1: Principles of Credentialing
- Considerations to be an association of professionals
- Public safety leads to licensing by government
- Credentialing by associations can go beyond licensing
- Definitions: Credential, Certification, Accreditation, Chartered
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Session 2: Reputational and Commercial Advantages for Associations
- Why associations give credentials
- Better professionals, better jobs and better pay
- Respect for the association yet also responsibility
- Where credentials may fit in the higher education context
- Once you have a credential, what do you seek from the government?
1.30pm Session 3: Practical Application of Credentialing
- Income generation for the association
- Attitudes of bureaucrats towards associations
- Grandfathering in practitioner with experience, not a degree
- Ongoing education requirements
- Can industry or trade associations do credentialing?
3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm Session 4: Processes Regarding Credentials
- Conversation with members, industry and other stakeholders
- Content, examination and assessment
- Administration and logistics
- Number of candidates required to make a program viable
- Role of intermediaries
5.00pm Close of workshop
Member Registrations: $770 including GST
Non-Member Registrations: $990 including GST (NFP only)
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
John Peacock, Chief Executive Officer, Associations Forum
John is the Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum, is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the not-for-profit sector. With a BCom (University of NSW), he has held senior management and Directorship roles with various not-for-profit organisations. Since 2000, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic planning, governance, board effectiveness, operations, restructuring and financial issues.
As well as engagement on specific projects, John’s consulting business undertakes whole-of-organisation reviews of associations and charities. John’s operational specialisation is developing plans that can be translated into actions, budgets and job descriptions. His change specialisation is in the field of mergers of associations.
Rob Thomason, Executive Director, VETASSESS
Rob Thomason commenced his career in the TAFE sector and has more than 35 years’ experience working in education, consulting and executive development, in Australia and overseas. Rob has been a strong supporter of Australia’s engagement with Asia and was appointed one of a small number of New Colombo Plan Business Champions by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Until recently, Rob was Group Executive, Membership and Education with CPA Australia. He worked with Fairfax Media, one of Australia’s largest media organisations and was Director, Executive Education with Melbourne Business School. Rob has held a number of directorships including the US-based International University Consortium for Executive Education.