World Class Venue Industry Leadership

Are you looking to establish strong leadership skills or as an experienced manager, to fine-tune your leadership skills in the venue management industry? Join us 12 – 16 November, 2017.

World Class Venue Industry Leadership

The Graduate Institute is considered one of the VMA’s benchmark educational programs, developed specifically for graduates of the VMS as their next step in professional development.

The GI is advanced education for venue professionals focusing on leadership, strategic planning, management theory, human resource management, problem solving, and decision making. The goal is to expand an individual’s management techniques and leadership skills.

Attendance at VMS and GI will also allow you to earn credits toward the Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) program.

Course instructors are specialists in their field, drawn from the ranks of senior venue managers in Australia, North America and Europe. Expertise is also drawn from the GI program in the USA based School, held each June in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.

The Graduate Institute now provides students with the opportunity to gain the 10570NAT Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Venue Management. VMA now owns the qualification and administers it in-house.

This qualification (accredited course) is offered in partnership with Amina Academy Pty Ltd, a registered training organisation (provider number 31532).

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  • The experience at the GI was a high learning experience. For me personally it was probably the greatest vocational education that I’ve ever done, it was so specific to the industry

    Phil King AVMICC Sydney, AEG Ogden


We would be delighted to have you join us at the Graduate Institute! Our participants thoroughly enjoy their experience each year, developing rich relationships in a supportive learning environment with passionate instructors.

The GI is the next step after the VMS and provides a unique educational experience of deep and interactive learning, with the major focus being on leadership.

Our program is modelled on the highly successful GI that the IAVM has been running in Virginia, USA for a number of years. The sessions are delivered by an outstanding group of venue management industry professionals drawn from our region and overseas.

For up and coming managers and those with years of experience, the GI will help step you up to that next level in your profession.

Anthony Duffy AVM
Dean – Graduate Institute
Managing Director – VIPeople