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Why Choose the IQA for Professional Development Programs?


The Institute of Quarrying Australia believes education and training is a life-long opportunity which should be viewed in the broadest terms, starting with initial qualifications gained at vocational and/or tertiary education programs. This is followed by continuing professional development through attendance at conferences, technical seminars, professional development programs, site visits and the updating of knowledge by reading the IQA's magazine, QUARRY.

Each Professional Development Program receives an allocation of PDP points that members use towards other IQA programs e.g. QMCS. Points are allocated as 1 PDP point for every hour of professional development undertaken. PDP points are formally listed on each IQA Certificate of Attendance.

All IQA Education Products adhere to the following accreditation process:

Step 1: All products will be put out to tender to ensure fairness and equity as well as getting a wider response from subjectmatter experts;

Step 2: The tender/procurement process will be managed by an appointed Project Development Advisory Committee with representatives from the IQA Board, Membership and Industry;

Step 3: The subject matter will be peer reviewed when the product is in its final draft before it is confirmed as final copy;

Step 4: In the case of IQA PDPs, each will be piloted at a selected IQA Branch/Sub-Branch before it is listed for national offering; and

Step 5: The IQA’s logo of “PDP” will then be stamped on the PDP product.


 "I enjoy attending IQA PDPs. They are affordable and always cover specific topics relevant to my role. It's awlays nice to mingle with other professionals and I've been  expanding my network of colleagues"
IQA PDP Participant, Environmental Management for Quarries PDP

"I found that the facilitator could explain all topics in a language that I could understand to make it relevant to my site"
IQA PDP Participant, Electrical Awareness PDP

"To me, the most valuable element of this training was the learning style - the training was made 'easy to understand'."
IQA PDP Participant, Introduction to Quarry Products PDP