Training and education

Opportunities for owners, managers, heritage professionals and those with a general interest in heritage.

Heritage conservation requires an understanding of the theory and principles of conservation, and the application of practical trade skills and craftsmanship. Each of these can be supported with appropriate training and education.  

There are a number of activities and events that can provide relevant information or heritage-related experience. A list of upcoming events is maintained by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.  

The Department also provides training and information sessions on request, primarily focusing on supporting State agencies and local government in the application of the Heritage Act 2018, or in applying the heritage provisions of the planning framework. To enquire about training or to add your course or organisation, please contact  the Department. You can also stay up to date with upcoming training and education opportunities by subscribing to the Heritage Council’s eNewsletter.

Heritage courses

Western Australia

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. This course includes 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 several undergraduate courses. The course content introduces 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. 

Certificate 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.

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.

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).

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.

Engineering Heritage Australia

Heritage conservation, materials and fabric, engineering and industrial heritage.

Email or telephone 9321 3340.

FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism)

Heritage tourism, interpretation, engagement. 

Email or telephone 9448 8150.

Heritage Perth

Facilitate heritage skills presentations / workshops, heritage tourism, interpretation.

Email or telephone 9461 3332.

Heritage Services Division, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Heritage concepts, heritage in planning, legislative frameworks.

Email or telephone 6551 8002.

ICOMOS (International Committee on Monuments and Sites)

Networking, Events and activities, primarily for members.

Email or telephone (03) 9251 7131.

Museums & Galleries Australia (WA)

Collections management, interpretation, materials conservation.

Email or telephone 9431 8461.

National Trust of Western Australia

Materials workshops, investigation workshops, Australian Heritage Festival.

Email or telephone 9321 6088

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.

Page last reviewed 2 July 2019
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