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Development Industry Courses

About the facilitator 

Kevin Alker - KAPS & Corporate Advisor

B.Ed, MA (Town Planning), Grad.Dip (Env. Studies), Grad. Dip (UEM), UDIA, Former Judge (Excellence Awards), Design Architecture & Building (Advisory Committee and Chair Planning, UTS)

Kevin's capabilities are founded on over 30 years of professional experience in property development and urban planning. In that time, prior to establishing his own practice, Kevin has held senior positions at Landcom, as the General Manager, Urban Development and at the State Government’s Property Service Group (now the Department of Finance) as a Director.

His experience includes property sales at Landcom of over $200 million and the acquisition of several substantial redevelopment sites, including the 25 hectare Victoria Park site in South Sydney. He is a regular lecturer in urban planning at the UNSW and is actively involved in the UDIA.

Kevin facilitates our Development Essentials Four-Day Course, Essentials of Property Law Course and Financial Feasibility One-Day Course. 



Gain an understanding of the property development process and what resources and expertise are necessary to complete a successful development. You can choose to attend the full four-day course or individual modules to suit your schedule.
Duration: A full day each Tuesday across four weeks 


Course Modules:

Module 1 - Identifying Development Opportunities & Financial Feasibility
Module 2 - Understanding the Regulatory Environment
Module 3 - Managing a Project 
Module 4 - Sales and Marketing  


Who should attend:

Anyone starting out their career in the property development industry or those with a technical background looking for a broader and more integrated understanding of the sector.



Duration: One day course from 9am - 5pm 



Who Should Attend
Developers, builders, planners, project managers, consultants and those thinking of undertaking a development themselves. This course will be of interest to a broad spectrum of people within the property development industry and adjacent spaces.


Course Content 
The course will be delivered by experts in various specialisation of the law related to property development. Participants will be taken through the legal considerations from acquisition, approval, financing, construction law, strata and tax implications. While an overview of legal considerations in each of the areas will be given, changes recently made to the law or being contemplated will be highlighted giving participants a leading edge understanding of current law. Subjects include; Acquisitions and Disposals, Planning Law, Construction Law, Property Marketing, Strata Title, Finance, Taxes and Charges, Industrial Relations.


Learning Outcomes Include 

  • Have a broad understanding of the law as it relates to property development.
  • Understand recent changes to the law and those being contemplated.
  • Be aware of pitfalls in not taking into account relevant laws
  • Understand the tax implications which could apply to their development.


Financial feasibility one-day course

Duration: One day course from 9am - 5pm 



Run as a practical workshop, Financial Feasibility provides participants with an in-depth understanding of how to conduct a financial feasibility study. The course will also take attendees through a lead software package - Estate Master. After completion, participants will gain competencies to use the software and be able to understand the output needed to assess the financial feasibility of a project.


Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those with limited experience in the industry, those with technical backgrounds, or who work alongside developers, who want to have a better understanding of the development process.


Learning Outcomes Include: 

  • Understand the key performance indicators used to assess the economic viability and profitability of a development project such as IRR, Profit on Cost, ROI, ROE, Development Yield etc.
  • Identify and understand the different finance options, sources and terminology 
  • Understand risk and sensitivity analysis, how to stress test your project
  • Understand methods for determining land price
  • Identify the data needed for your analysis and where it might be obtained
  • Operate a leading cash flow software package


BSB41515 Certificate IV in project management practice Specialising in property development

BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management (Specialising in Property Development) is exclusively available through UDIA and is the only nationally-recognised qualification of its kind that teaches the project management competencies unique to the property development industry. The course has been written by UDIA in partnership with its members and vocational education experts.
The qualification is delivered and issued by our partnering Registered Training Organisation – Upskilled (RTO No. 40374). The course teaches the critical skills of project management such as identifying project scope; managing time, cost and quality; contract negotiation; team engagement and stakeholder communication.
Duration: 18 Weeks

Assessment Structure:
  • 9 Units over 18 weeks
  • 1 hour tutorial each fortnight 
  • 2 part assessments due each fortnight  


Who Should Enrol

The qualification has been uniquely designed and developed for those who work, or aspire to work in project roles within property development. The skills and knowledge acquired through this qualification are vitally important for those who work in the property and construction industries in roles such as; project managers, construction managers, town planners, architects, engineers and development managers.
Cou​rse Level

The course is suitable for assistant project managers reporting to a senior project manager who may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for their output.


Pathways From This Qualification 

BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice (Specialising in Property Development) is a nationally-recognised qualification which articulates into a Diploma of Project Management.


Course Units

1. BSBPMG409 Apply project scope-management techniques
2. BSBPMG410 Apply project time-management techniques
3. BSBPMG411 Apply project quality-management techniques
4. BSBPMG412 Apply project cost-management techniques
5. BSBPMG413 Apply project human resources management techniques
6. BSBPMG414 Apply project information management and communications techniques
7. BSBPMG415 Apply project risk-management techniques
8. BSBPMG416 Apply project procurement procedures
9. BSBPMG418 Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques


How To Enrol

Download, complete and return the enrolment form and send it to UDIA NSW along with a copy of two forms of identification. After your enrolment has been checked and processed you will receive a confirmation of enrolment, along with your pre-admission information pack outlining student policies and procedures, a calendar of important dates and login details to the student portal. 

Download the registration form for January 2018

For further information please contact Victoria Irvine, Events & Training Operations Manager on 02 9262 1214 or pd@udiansw.com.au





If the course you are interested in is not currently on our PD calendar, please email pd@udiansw.com.au to register your interest and we will keep you updated when the course becomes available. For course or CPD enquiries please contact Victoria Irvine, Events & Training Operations Manager on 02 9262 1214 or at pd@udiansw.com.au