IPWEA NSW is a Registered Training Organisation (90174) and offers a number of different short but intense courses to minimise cost and time away from your workplace. These course are very popular and are designed to help you develop the skills required in your profession.

IPWEA NSW can also tailor our course content to match your specific needs or we can develop an entirely new program for your organisation. All of our workshops can be delivered in-house to ensure all individuals training needs are met, including those living in remote areas of New South Wales.

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Conduct Road Safety Audit (ASQA) 

  • Prepare to conduct road safety audits
  • Conduct road safety audits
  • Lead road safety audits
This workshop has been developed to explain the purpose and procedures followed in Road Safety Audits. The workshop works through the AustRoads Guidelines and discusses case studies of Audits already undertaken. Day and night audits of selected local projects are performed by delegates.

The Guidelines provide practitioners and decision makers with ways to formally address road safety issues before accidents occur. They are based on the latest information available and incorporate the combined experience of State road authorities throughout Australia, local government and Transit National.

Who should attend?
The course is designed for design engineers, construction engineers, NSW Police, Maintenance Engineers, Consultants, RMS Personnel, Road Safety Officers and personnel involved in the design, construction and maintenance of roads.

Manage a Local Government Project (ASQA)

The course is designed to introduce fundamental project management principles and techniques for specific application to Local Government related work. The course is appropriate for all Local Government Staff (works officers included) who are interested in the effective planning, implementation and evaluation of project work.

Participants who successfully undertake assessment associated with this course, will receive a statement of attainment for the following unit of competency from the Local Government Training Package: LGACOMP025 Manage a Local Government Project.

This unit of competency can be used as a building block towards Certificate IV and Dipoma level qualifictions. Information about VET training and assessment offered by IPWEA (NSW) can be found in the IPWEA 'Participant Handbook'. For a copy of the handbook please contact Elsie Pathmanathan - elsie.p@ipweansw.org or call her on 02 8267 3008.


Lead Road Safety Audit (ASQA)

This unit describes the outcomes required to lead an audit team as they undertake a road safety audit. It covers sharing information prior to audit conduct, collection and analysis of evidence, conduct of exit meeting and providing audit team member’s with feedback on their performance.

Compliance with legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may be required in various jurisdictions.

The Guidelines provide practitioners and decision makers with ways to formally address road safety issues before accidents occur. They are based on the latest information available and incorporate the combined experience of State road authorities throughout Australia, local government and Transit National.


Powers & Duties of Local Government Practitioners

The objective of this course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to operate as an effective practitioner within the Local Government Sector. The aim of the IPWEA NSW and the presenter is to arm participants with the necessary knowledge and practical approach to 'real world' problem solving. Legislation studied includes the Local Government Act, the roads Act in addition to Water and Environmental Legislation.

The course provides a comprehensive study of the matters affecting the operation of the Engineer or other Technical Practitioner including -
  • Power of Entry,
  • Private Work by councils,
  • Delegations & classification of public roads.
Who should attend?
The course is particularly valuable to local government engineers; however it is suitable for all levels and disciplines of local government, consultants and contractors.

Contract Administration & Contract Law

This course covers the administration of Local Government contracts and the basic elements of Contact Law. Administration of contracts applies to contracts being carried out by internal or external providers and the program will look at the process form the selection of the contractor through to practical completion.

Contract Law, will include various features and changes in standard form contracts used in civil works. Current requirements and foreshadowed developments for NSW public sector contracting will be covered with particular reference to local government.

The course will provide an understanding of standard form contracts and of risk sharing as affected by the form of contract. You will be made aware of latent and other conditions and get an overview of the duties and discretions of the superintendent. Participants will be informed about contract terms, contract documents and some features and changes in the standard form contract documents.

Who should attend?
The course is designed for local government practitioners, including engineering, finance, administration and other managers who are involved in the decision making process as well as administration and management of contracts.

Timber Bridge Inspection & Maintenance

This course has been designed specifically to provide Local Government road designers, civil construction contractors and asset managers with a better knowledge of the inspection and maintenance of timber bridgeworks. This two day course will provide participants with the knowledge and practical experience of how to combine relevant information from the best practice bridge management documents to assist in and conduct the inspection, maintenance and management of timber bridge assets in a Local Government context.

 It is suited for those working in Local Government and involved in the inspection, condition assessment, maintenance of timber bridges and for managers looking into bridge's life cycle costings, and for programming of tasks associated with the management of timber bridges in NSW.

Who should attend?
The course is designed for Engineers, Managers & Supervisors and personnel involved in the design and maintenance of bridges.

Special Schedule 7

IPWEA (NSW) in collaboration with the Office of Local Government periodically conducts a series of seminars on Special Schedule 7. Implementation of Special Schedule 7 workshops will be a joint presentation by the Office of Local Government and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) NSW Division. The presenters are Sonja Hammond and Sarah Gubb from the Office of Local Government and Tony Reed and Gary Woodman from IPWEA (NSW).

The seminars will address the changes to Special Schedule 7 and will give participants the opportunity to discuss with representatives of the Office of Local Government the issues surrounding consistency of information entered into the Schedule across the industry.

Who should attend?
This seminar would be best suited to Directors of Engineering Services or Public Works, General Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Asset Managers, Finance Managers, Technical Services Managers and Elected Councillors.

Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR)

Councils activities require an assessment of flood risk. The publication of a revised edition of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) has resulted in many changes in the flood estimation process.
This seminar will work through the following:
  • What is ARR and how it can be assessed.
  • Types of design flood estimation including flood frequency analysis, regional flood frequency estimation and catchment modelling.
  • Types of flood estimation problems including flow and volume dominated problems.
  • Access to ARR computer resources.
  • Estimation uncertainty and how to manage the uncertainty.
This seminar will include discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to flood estimates.

Who should attend?
This seminar would be best suited to Engineers, Planners and Designers in all aspects of water cycle management.

Introduction to Asset Management (AM)


What it means from the Coal Face to the Council Chambers?

Successful asset management relies heavily on the asset information retained and provided by works officers and other frontline staff that manage assets daily at the coal face. It is critical in delivering quality, sustainable and efficient services to the community.

Practical day to day local asset management knowledge can inform Council Policy and be used in the development of AM Plans. It enables transparent management of the assets, affords greater accountability, cost savings and results in an improved customer satisfaction. Asset Management Plans and practices provide engineering and asset managers the ammunition needed to successfully lobby for increased funding for assets.

This seminar uses real-life case studies at Councils to demonstrate where AM has led to real improvements. It also serves to equip students with the right tools and mechanisms to take AM from the coal face to the Council Chambers.

Who should attend?

This seminar would be best suited to Works Officers and Technical and Operational Staff, Finance staff and Elected Councillors. The seminar includes a range of case studies and practical activities. Participants are asked to submit a case study that they would like to discuss - good, bad, ugly or that they just don't understand.

Environmental Assessment

What is required and how to get approval? Many activities carried out by Councils require some form of environmental assessment and in many cases a number of approvals may be required before work can lawfully be carried out.

This seminar will step through the requirements of a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and how they should be prepared. The course also covers the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)(EPBC Act) and all other approvals that may be relevant to the activity.

The seminar will work through the steps you need to take before commencing work and cover important questions such as:
  • Is an REF or an EIS required?
  • What must ne included in an REF/EIS (Including format, content and consultation)?
  • Does the EPBC Act apply and how should impacts on matters of national environmental significance be assed?
  • What other approvals may be required before work can commence?
This seminar will include case studies of the complex situations often faced by Councils in gaining approval for activities. Examples or issues raised by participants will be discussed at the seminar.

Who should attend?
This seminar would be best suited to Engineers, Environmental Officers, Supervisors, Public Works Managers, Consulting Engineers and Technical and Operational Staff.

Clearing Vegetation to make way for Infrastructure

What can I do? - What do I need to know? Councils regularly need to construct new infrastructure in public places. Managing the competing aspects of the environment and construction in public spaces gives rise to a number of issues. Without proper preparation, the important task of constructing new infrastructure can create ongoing problems for councils and contractors.

This seminar will cover the key issues that need to be considered wen councils are planning new infrastructure projects.
This seminar will work through the steps needed to take and cover important questions such as:
  • Have you considered whether vegetation to be cleared may include native vegetation protected by law?
  • What permits or approvals are needed to clear vegetation?
  • Have you worked out proper land access arrangements and prepared an adequate community consultation strategy?
  • Have you considered the need to rehabilitate cleared areas?
  • Are there any heritage constraints?
Without considering these important issues, Council's next infrastructure project could lead to community opposition as well as creating ongoing environmental issues.
This seminar will focus on 'real life' examples of problems faced by councils and contractors carrying out infrastructure works in public places. Examples and issues you would like us to work through during the seminar will be covered.

Who should attend?
Don't let poor preparation or a lack of understanding of the law turn a new infrastructure project into an ongoing problem. Come and learn what needs to be considered before carrying out infrastructure projects in public places and ensure your next project runs smoothly and has community support.

Development Engineers Seminar

This one day seminar is intended for Development Engineers and Local Government representatives. This seminar has been developed to enhance participants' skills and knowledge to carry out assessment of development proposals. It also seeks to deliver updates on integral NSW legislation including the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Local Government Act and Roads Act.

Familiarity with the above legislation and the application of them is essential for the Development Engineer to effectively and efficiently go about their day to day duties.
There are a number of areas where greater knowledge or even a different perspective would be beneficial in order to provide more confidence or guidance to the Development Engineers.
  • Clarity of Obligations.
  • Sharing of experiences challenges and solutions.
  • Ongoing networks and facilitation.
Topics Covered
  • Principle Certifying Authority - legislation, roles, responsibilities and requirements for Council and privately appointed certifiers.
  • Land & Environment Court practice and procedure. The role of the engineer in Land and Environment Court proceedings, obligations to the Court, Court rule and relevant case law examining the role of Council Officers in the Court process.
  • Matters to be assessed by development Engineers in development applications, construction certificates, S138 applications, S68 applications, subdivisions certificates.
  • Defects Rectification
  • Easements and rights of carriageway
Who should attend?
Development Engineers, Design Engineers, Construction Engineers, Planners Maintenance Engineers, Traffic Engineers, Project Managers.

IPWEA (NSW) Supervisors Workshop

Course Overview
The purpose of the training is to provide guidance for supervisors, works staff and young engineers in preparing, organising, managing, undertaking and completing works. It covers methodology in all aspects of work with reference to legislation and regulations applicable to the task. The program also includes workshops covering practical applications.

Who should attend?
Field staff in city, urban and country environments.

Supervisors Handbook - Learning and Development for Supervisors

IPWEA (NSW) has produced a Gangers handbook for use by work supervisors and works staff, within local government, public works, constructions and contracting industries in city, urban and country environments. It will also be of value to young engineers as they gain experience in the field. The handbook allows members of the workforce to learn what 'gangers staff' do and open up opportunities for workers seeking advancement in their careers. Encompassing such a broad range of activities, the handbook is written at a 'not-too technical' level.

The Supervisors handbook will be the practical reference book used during the training. A copy will be provided to all participants.
Topics covered:
  • Role of the supervisor
  • Planning and organising
  • Costing, scoping the job: traffic, services, environmental, cultural heritage, equipment and tools, materials, project management.
  • Measurement of Areas and Volumes
  • Pavement Construction Calculations
  • Transfer of details from plans to works on the ground
  • What is soil?
  • Drainage
  • Water & Sewerage
  • Concrete, kerb and gutter and footpaths
  • Bridge and structures
  • Road construction, Maintenance and Cleanup
  • Surface courses and resurfacing
  • Summary and discussion.