Places are expected to fill up fast for this year’s online IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning course, which begins on 17 March 2015.
PWPro spoke to Latrobe City Council’s Team Leader in Asset Strategy to find out what she took away from the course and how she applied it in her workplace.
Team Leader Asset Strategy
Latrobe City Council
Q. Why did you decide to go on the course?
A. The IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning appealed to me as it was an opportunity to road test the IPWEA NAMS.PLUS tools. Latrobe City Council is a large regional Council based two hours from Melbourne so extended travel for training can be difficult and online delivery was ideal.
Q. What did you hope to get out of the course?
A. I wanted to understand how the template approach could be used to build asset management plans. I intended to develop just our bridges and major culvert data but found that the tools/templates were accessible for scenario modelling in all asset categories.
Q. What did you get out of the course?
A. The course is based on logical and well-planned theory as well as examples, which has allowed me to produce long-term financial projections. There can be a tendency to collect vast amounts of data but the course clearly articulates the ‘critical’ data needed to produce meaningful asset management plans.
Q. What about the course did you enjoy?
A. I have enjoyed the clear presentations, the tools that allow data to be converted into useful information and the ability to track my progress through the course.
Q. How have you applied what you learned on the course to your job?
A. The work I have completed in the course has translated to the ‘coal face’ very quickly – the development of service levels and risk assessments is already having an impact on our decisions and business. Detailed data that had been collected about assets has been processed through the course and now graphs and visual aids can be presented to Councillors to understand our situation better.
Q. Would you recommend the course to others? Why?
A. My recommendation would be for both new and advanced asset managers [to undertake the course] as there are opportunities to learn the basics or analyse data in more depth.
The presenters knew their subject very well and were adept at managing the online Cahoot environment. There were interesting online exchanges and conversations with Australian and international asset management professionals too.
Although there is a steady stream of exercises and assignments, it can be managed so as not to put too much pressure on existing workloads.
IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning
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