TECOA Pty Ltd is a specialised training and consulting group famed for providing the "Financial Management & Project Investment Analysis" (FMPIA) series of seminars and courses. Successfully delivered for almost 30 years to over 15,000 people technical professionals throughout Australia and Internationally, this practical seminar has become known as the most effective "cost efficiency in mining and industry" course
The principals and techniques taught in the FMPIA course - have become accepted Industry Standard adopted by many of the more than 500 organisations who have put many thousands of employees through this course.
Managed, designed and delivered by Dr Bernie Verbaan and Mr Rob Glenn, these experienced, highly acclaimed financial presenters, deliver over 100 seminars and courses per year. With chemical and structural engineering backgrounds and qualifications in finance, business, training, financial counselling, professional and personal development they bring a unique perspective to teaching financial concepts to technical people.
Almost all participants, ranging from apprentices right through to senior managers and everyone in between, vote the FMPIA courses the best they have ever attended.
Mr Rob Glenn
Rob is the Managing Director and Facilitator of TECOA (Techno Economic Consultants of Australasia)
He is an accomplished, knowledgeable and entertaining presenter, an internationally acclaimed public speaker and lecturer on financial and management concepts – delivering over 100 key note addresses and work place courses per year.
He has 35 years’ experience in company directorship, project engineering, business management, financial planning, professional development and corporate training. He is well qualified to teach the subjects covered in his seminars and does so in an inspiring and entertaining manner. His approach is very pragmatic, and he shows how to use financial decision making theories to evaluate and optimise technical projects of all kind.
Rob's audience are those technically and commercially qualified personnel involved with the productive utilization of assets, capital expenditure and operating expenditure in the engineering, mining, oil and gas, power generation, chemical and other technology based industries.
Dr Bernie Verbann
Bernie is the original author of the Financial Management and Project Investment Analysis course and presented it nationally and internationally for over 25 years.
Bernie has vast technical as well as financial, academic and consulting experience. For more than 20 years (1990 to 2010) Dr Verbaan was responsible for teaching the Engineering Investment Analysis module of the Masters Program in Engineering Management at Curtin University in Perth.
A holder of a gold medal for research achievement, he has supervised major research projects. His specialty is in the techno-economic evaluation of projects. He has often been retained by industry as a consultant and has a large number of patents and publications to his credit.
Tutored, endorsed and supported by Bernie, Rob Glenn has adapted and updated this popular course to his own stimulating and easy to understand style.
“Rob is an exceptional public speaker and an engaging presenter. He has a wealth of practical knowledge on business, engineering, technical and financial matters and can articulate complex concepts very simply in a manner that almost anyone can understand.
I am delighted and honoured that Rob is continuing my legacy with the Financial Management and Project Investment Analysis course – he has adapted the original content to engage a wider audience, has a superb knowledge of the subject and is a more than worthy successor.” ~ Dr. Bernie Verbaan
This course has been endorsed by various professional and tertiary educational bodies throughout Australia, including:
• The British Institution of Chemical Engineers
• The Australian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy
• The Institution of Engineers of Australia
• The WA Branch of the Australian Institution of Management
• Curtin University
• Karratha College
• Murdoch University
The principles taught have become an accepted industry standard adopted by 500+ organisations from many industries which have put thousands of employees through this course.
This course has been presented publicly, and in-house for the following organisations:
African Explosives and Chemical, Alcoa, Anglovaal Gold, Argyle Diamonds, Barminco, Barrick Gold Corp, Boyne Aluminium, BHP Research, BHP Billiton, BHP Tech Centre, BHP Nickel West, BHP Iron Ore, BMA Coal, Capricornia Electricity, Chemical Services, Civil Aviation Services, Comalco Aluminium, Cockburn Cement, Comalco Research, CRA, Croseus Mining, CSBP, CSA Glencore, Curtin University of Technology WA, Dominion Mining, Doray Minerals, Fortescue Metals Group, Gold fields Australia, Gold Fields of South Africa, Hamersley Iron, Hill 50 Gold, Illawarra Electricity, Iluka Resources, iPi Group, KCGM Kalgoorlie, Kambalda Nickel, Kleenheat, La Mancha Gold, Leinster Nickel, Lihir Gold, McArthur River Mining, Minerals and Metals Group, Mobil, Mount Isa Mines, Murdoch University, Newcrest Mining, Newlands Coal, Newmont Australia, Newmont Bronzewing Gold Mine, New Zealand Aluminium, Normandy Mining, Northern Star Resources, Northparkes Mine, Olympic Dam, Roxby Downs, Oxiana, Pasminco Mining, Peak Gold, PepinNini Minerals, Pilbara Iron, Placer Dome, Porgera Joint Venture, Power and Water NT, Queensland Alumina Ltd, Queensland Nickel, Ravenswood Gold, Rio Tinto, SandFire Resources deGrussa, SANTOS, SASOL, Sentrachem NCP Chemicals, Shell Billiton, Shell Refineries, South Blackwater Coal, Telfer Gold, Wesfarmers, Western Australia Petroleum, Western Mining Corporation, Western Power, Westralian Sands, Woodside, Worsley Alumina, Xstrata, Yarrabee Coal, Zinifex, and more….
“Most profound course I have been on. Not just from a financial perspective but personal wellbeing as well. Excellent course.”
- Michael Gibson, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
“Excellent seminar which has been a real “eye opener” for me and my colleagues. It has changed the way we look at projects. It has changed the way I manage my finances and has had a major impact on my life.”
- Dr. Udo Buecher, BHP Research
“Extremely well presented, lively and enthusiastic.”
- Max deVietri, Elixer Group
"Loved it. Appropriate. I wish I knew about this course ten years ago."
- Travis Were, Underground Manager, Agnew Gold Mine
"This is the best and most worthwhile course that I have done. I felt invigorated to apply the skills learned in this course to all areas of life."
- Grant Egginton, Canningtom Mine (BHP Billiton Ltd)
"Without doubt, your seminar was the most valuable training I've attended in the last 10 years."
- Ben Loffler, Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd (BHP Billiton Ltd)
"First time for me. Eye opener! Possible business purchase... so extremely helpful."
- K. Klupfel
"Relevant to my work. Personal finance management is of good value! I can take better control of my personal finances and have more confidence in applying the concepts to my work."
- N. Macalalad, Anglo American
"Excellent! Simplified lots of things I have been struggling to understand in regards to financial analysis."
- D Hartwig, Glencore
"Very good for better understanding of NPV and IRR. Personal finance sessions very interesting."
- K. Bambrook, Clermont Open Cut Mine
"Highly relevant. Complex subjects explained very simply."
- R. Chavali, Brisbane.
"Very informative and eductive. Helped me understand financial acronyms and how they relate to my job."
- M. Obiri-Yeboah, Evolution.
"Extremely useful for work role and personal financial investment options. Highly recommended for all capital/reliability engineering. Can put depreciation and NPC to use immediately for work role."
- C. Algie, Rio Tinto