National Review of Marketing and Advertising Standards and Qualifications
IBSA have engaged Ability Associates to undertake this key review, the first major revision since the early 2000's. Initial project work commenced in August 2014, for completion April 2015. More details soon...
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
In late 2013 ACER approached principal consultant Dennis Trevarthen to assist the organisation transition the application of project management and PRINCE2 methodologies. In mid 2014 ACER approved a series of projects to embed PRINCE2 methods as part of a 'cultural change' embedding process. Dennis is currently working with key ACER staff on a major international middle eastern contract, and developing an enterprise wide Project Management Framework tailored on PRINCE2.
National Review of Standards and Qualifications for Program, Portfolio and Project Director's Function
IBSA engaged Ability Associates to undertake this review through to early 2014. The project worked closely with key industry bodies, enterprises and Government in agreeing the national response to this key area. New qualifications and standards were completed in mid 2014 covering Advanced Diploma in Program Management and a Graduate Diploma in Portfolio Management
National Review of Leadership and Management Standards and Qualifications
Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) engaged Ability Associates Australia Pty Ltd in early 2013 to undertake a national review of the leadership and management standards and qualifications. This addressed current and emerging industry requirements, including the integration of national leadership competencies. These qualifications were prepared after national consultation, and are due for national endorsement in the latter part of 2014.
Team Leader Skill Set
Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
Diploma in Leadership and Management
Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management
Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership
Treasury Wine Estates (Former wine industry portfolio of the Foster's Group, ASX listed)
Completed consulting on strategy and resource implementation for new performance and behaviour's skill set for global implementation.
Ability Associates Newsletter Aug/Sept 2012
The Ability Associates Aug/Sept 2012 Newsletter is now available online, topics cover: Project Management Review, SFIA, Facilitation Update, Tablets in Training.
Recent feedback from AIM students doing the 3 day Applied Project Management program
Students doing the February AIM program were kind enough to leave these comments:
"Dennis, by far, was the best thing about the course. His knowledge, and his application of the subject, made the course thoroughly enjoyable. I would HIGHLY recommend the course based on having been taught by him. Equally, the resources are fantastic and will assist with the assessments and future planning in the workplace."
"Fantastic facilitator, probably the best I've had in all my AIM course experiences. Thank you very much. Definitely need the food to be provided on such courses so time is not wasted and further collaboration between the attendees can continue."
"Excellent facilitator, with engaging skills making the content that bit more exciting. Dennis was thorough and gave great examples and was very professional and personable."
Review of National Project Management Standards and Qualifications
Dennis has completed (Oct 2012) a national (Australian) review of the standards and qualifications for Project Management under contract to IBSA (Innovation and Business Skills Australia). The project has involved extensive national industry and stakeholder consultation across a range of issues. The pre-existing project management qualifications were:
• BSB41507 Certificate IV in Project Management
• BSB51407 Diploma of Project Management
• BSB60707 Advanced Diploma of Project Management.
New and re-written units of competency and new qualifications are ready for national endorsement at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.
The project management sector has been identified as one of critical interest and concern across all industries, and the project sought to gauge the currency of existing units of competency and qualifications, and recommended revisions and alternative approaches. New qualifications should be introduced in the first quarter, 2013. Contact Dennis on 0419 359 829 for further information.
Downer EDI Works (from April 2011...) POSTPONED
Developing comprehensive and case based training resources in the area of project cost management, aligned with both Downer EDI's Project Management Methodology and the JD Edwards ERP Matrix system. Key alignment with the Integrated Management System incorporating management standards and operating procedures. Note: This project has been postponed late April due to corporate re organisation at Downer.
CenITex : Victorian State Government WoG IT Shared Services (Aug - Dec 2010)
Three month project with CenITex, 80 Collins St Melbourne, preparing an enterprise based IT Skills Capability Framework. CenITex employ over 600 IT professionals, and deliver whole of Government IT services. Worked with a range of indices in order to prepare a cohesive mapping of enterprise functions, position profiles aligned with both ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and the SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) frameworks. Ability Associates is an approved direct supplier with CenITex.
Department of Transport, Victoria: Project Management Framework
On consignment through the Australian Institute of Management, Dennis has been working closely with the Victorian Department of Transport in the implementation of the Department's Project Management Framework.
This has included to date:
- Alignment of the Diploma of Project Management courseware with the Department's Framework.
- Facilitating a selected group of 16 staff through the Diploma program
- Updating courseware for the PMF Basics program, a one day introduction to project management within the Department.
- Facilitating a number of one day PMF Basics programs for department staff.
- Designing and developing the 'Stakeholder Engagement' special skills program.
- Designing and developing the 'Risk Management' special skills program
South East Water Ltd: Diploma of Project Management
Ability Associates have been retained by Swinburne University to deliver the in-house Diploma of Project Management for 12 new project managers within SEWL, Moorabbin Victoria. This inhouse program runs over Tuesday evenings with some Saturday's, from JUne until November 2011.
This follows similar engagements in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Design of Australian Institute of Management Project Management Courseware
Dennis has completed the re write of the entire suite of courseware in project management for AIM National.
This covered the following programs:
2 Day Project Management Fundamentals
3 Day Applied Project Management
Diploma of Project Management
The work covered participant course manuals, facilitator guides, slide presentations and asessment instruments. The new courseware is practical and action based, making extensive use of case studies and participant involvement based on their own project experience. Completed in early January 2010 and now being implemented Australia wide.
National Review of Financial Services Training Package (FNS10)
Ability Associates signed an agreement with Andre Lewis and Associates to work with IBSA (Innovation & Business Skills Australia) to review the national training package for the Financial Services Industry. The revised package has been submitted for national endorsment in May 2010.
Dennis worked extensively with the Insurance, Personal Injury Management, Conveyancing and Superannuation sectors.
Full Industry sectors within the package cover:
- Banks and Financial Markets
- Accounting & Bookkeeping
- Superannuation & Workers Compensation
- Financial Planning
- Regulatory Agencies
Further information: IBSA Projects