IPTA – IP Administrator’s Course: Introduction to IP

Expressions of interest for the 2024 intake of the Course are now open.

The Course has been developed in response to overwhelming feedback in the industry that it would be useful to provide some formal education for those persons supporting attorneys and lawyers working in the field of IP law.

The IP Administrator’s Course will cover 14 Units, comprising:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to IP Administrator’s Course, and Introduction to IP.
  • Units 2 to 5: Patents (Introduction; AU; NZ; PCT).
  • Units 6 to 9: Trade Marks (Introduction; AU; NZ; International Trade Mark – Madrid Protocol).
  • Units 10 to 12: Designs (Introduction; AU; NZ).
  • Unit 13: Domain Names / Business Names.
  • Unit 14: Practical Sessions with IP Australia and IPONZ

Candidates will receive training on the underlying principles, the essential legal background and the practice of IP Administration. The Course encourages the development of knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the structure, personnel and functions of the various departments usually found in a firm, including the work of patent attorneys and support staff. The Course encourages utilisation and expansion of candidates’ existing knowledge, and supports candidates in their day-to-day role and career aspirations.

The Course will be run from August 2023 until March 2024, with an examination to be held in April 2024. Successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate from IPTA.

Places will be limited. We encourage early expressions of interest with an indication of the number of candidates you may wish to send to the course from your firm/workplace.

If you have any questions, or wish to express your interest in one or more placements in the course, please email the Secretariat at: mail@ipta.org.au

Kerry Dick, Course Co-ordinator & IPTA Councillor


Price: $1,800 plus GST

Important dates:

9 June 2023 – Pre-registration offer to IPTA members on the ‘expressions of interest’ mailing list

23 June 2023 – Pre-registration offers close

Post 23 June 2023 – Successful Pre-registration recipients will be contacted

30 June 2023 – Registration closes for ‘expressions of interest’ participants

31 July 2023 – Course commences

4 December 2023 to 12 January 2024 – Break over the holiday period

Date in early April 2023 to be confirmed – Final exam