Specialist Water Valuer Professional Certificate (N191015)

9:30am Tuesday, 15 October 2019
4:30pm Tuesday, 15 October 2019
API Training Room - Sydney
Level 3, 60 York Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

You are invited to take part in our Specialist Water Valuer Professional Certficate course which covers the history, politics and practicalities of the valuation of water as a separate asset.

Rural valuations are already a specialist area of practice, only made more so with the complex issues of water property rights and the valuation of irrigated land. Since the advent of the ‘unbundling’ of water and land, there are several entirely new asset classes, such as water shares, delivery shares, and water use licences.

This Professional Certificate is a blended-learning program that provides the specialist water-based education component to prepare participants for application for accreditation as Specialist Water Valuers, being Valuers with expert water knowledge and experience.

NB: This course is open to all interested participants, however only those who already hold Certified Practising Valuer status will be able to apply for accreditation following completion of the course. 

Learning Outcomes

1.Explain the history, politics and practicalities of the valuation of water as a separate asset
2.Demonstrate water asset valuation expertise relevant to your jurisdiction of:
  • Regulated and unregulated systems
  • Groundwater
  • Sustainability
  • Trading rules and zones
3.Exhibit practical water valuation techniques


Part 1
Introduction to Specialist Water Valuation

Format: Pre-workshop online module (2.5 CPD points)

  • Introduction to Water Rights and Trading in Australia
  • Water Rights in your jurisdiction
  • Case studies
  • Murray Darling Basin
  • Introduction to Water Broking
  • Resources
  • Quiz

Part 2
Specialist Water Valuation

Format: Face-to-Face Workshop (6 CPD points)

  • Introduction & Overview
  • Modelling water values
  • Market mega-trends (government policy – Murray Darling Basin Plan)
  • New water instruments
  • Market trends – supply & demand pressures between commodity types & irrigation districts
  • Corporate activity in water as an asset class
  • Panel – Overview of emerging trends and issues: state by state

Part 3
Post Workshop Assessment  

Format: Online Module (1 CPD point)

  • Overview/Refresher of introduction and workshop
  • Assessment Quiz
  • Resources

Full Course (9.5 CPD) - Sydney 15th October 2019

If you have not completed the Specialist Water Valuer course before you will need to complete all 3 sections of the program.  (CPV participants will then have the option to apply for accreditation to be awarded the title of Specialist Water Valuer – details on this will be provided at the workshops and within the online assessment module).


  • Prof. John Sheehan, Sydney
  • Ben Williams, President - Australian Water Brokers Association
  • Simo Tervonen, Marsden Jacob Associates
  • Andrew Bomm, Progressive Agriculture

More presenters to be announced soon...


Prof. John Sheehan - Facilitator





Ben Williams
President - Australian Water Brokers Association

Ben Williams is the President of the Australian Water Brokers Association, he is based in Adelaide with Ruralco Water and is recognised as a trusted source of market intelligence and analysis.  His regularly provides advice and brokerage services to family farming operations, diversified corporate ag, private and institutional investors and various government bodies.  Ben has been involved with irrigated agriculture since 2001, during this time he has developed extensive water market knowledge and experience throughout the Murray Darling Basin and Queensland.   Ben is also a member of the South Australian Natural Resource Management Board - Water Allocation Plan Advisory Committee.

Simo Tervonen
Marsden Jacob Associates

Simo is widely recognised by market participants, governments and water authorities as a leading expert in Australian water markets and water trading rules. Public and private sector clients work with Simo for his unrivaled, Australia-wide knowledge and understanding of all things water trading and policy – there isn’t a water market in Australia he hasn’t looked at. Simo takes great pride in drawing upon his vast knowledge and applying his high attention to detail to efficiently identify solutions that meet clients’ requirements. Prior to joining Marsden Jacob, Simo worked in key policy and market operations roles at one of Australia’s leading water brokerage firms. He has longstanding and trusted networks across industry participants, governments and water authorities.

Andrew Bomm
Progressive Agriculture

Andrew’s professional experience includes six years as a grower representative within the Australian rice industry, firstly as Policy Manager and then Executive Director of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia. This involved developing and implementing political representation strategies, communicating complex policy and regulatory issues to growers, media engagement, and co-ordinating industry research, development and extension services. Water resource policy was a major focus during this time, with significant government reform and water market evolution occurring during these years. Andrew was also central to the establishment of industry funded extension services for growers.

Prior to that Andrew spent seven years in the Commonwealth Parliament as a policy researcher with various Senate committees. Areas of policy research included agriculture, corporate governance and financial services. The role required an understanding of complex public policy issues and an ability to negotiate consensus policy positions across multiple party lines.

Full Course Program


9:30amCourse commences
4:30pmCourse concludes

Registration Fees

Full Course - API Members$895
Full Course - Non-Members$1195
Refresher only - API Specialist Water Valuers$700
Introduction only - API Members$195
Introduction only - Non-Members$395
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CPD Points

Attendance at this event will accrue 6 CPD points.  

Completion of the full three-part program attracts 9.5 CPD points.


If you have completed the course previously - Please email us at education@api.org.au to arrange registration


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Danielle Jones - Accreditation & Facilitation Manager

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