Course Overview

The API Summer School is the pre-eminent Accelerated Development Residential Program in Power Engineering in the southern hemisphere which the API is proud to be able to offer to the energy industry. Every year, API organises an intensive two-week residential program that provides a hands-on learning experience in a first class environment. This year the program will be held held from SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY - FRIDAY 1 MARCH at Potter's Hotel & Conference Centre in Hunter Valley, NSW.

Agile. Innovative. Supportive.
Flexible and Sustainable Energy Supply - New Business Opportunities and Threats for the Industry.

The aim of the API Summer School is to;

  • Provide power engineers with 4-15 years of experience (can include para professionals) from all sectors of the industry (ie. generation, transmission, distribution, consulting, manufacturing, end users) with a broad understanding of the industry drivers and key issues
  • Provide experienced engineers from other industries, joining the power industry, with power engineering applied fundamentals and best practice
  • Provide accelerated technical leadership skills and awareness of technology to enhance business performance through high performing power engineering staff
  • Bring industry personnel with diverse experience together to share learnings and experiences in order to develop personal networks for ongoing future developments and careers

View the latest conference program here.

Early Bird cut off date for registration is 30 November, 2018 which is a savings of $1,000. Final deadline to register is 18 January 2019.


Click below to view newsletters which highlight some of the key aspects and activities from past Summer School Programs.

2016 Summer School Newsletter.

2017 Summer School Newsletter.

2018 Summer School Newsletter.

What past delegates have to say about the program

"This program will help you reach the next level in your career. Great learning, great opportunities and great networking. It really is a 'must do!' "

"The API Summer School provided an excellent opportunity to network, gain a big picture industry perspective and advance insight into multiple organizations. It has truly been an empowering experience."

"The API Summer School attracts the highest caliber of speakers in the industry, who have both expertise in subject matter and a vision. The delegates also are of the highest quality. Its is a journey that should inspire most, if not all, participants to be industry visionaries."

"The API summer school is a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the top academic lecturers and senior industry managers in the country, while also networking with other power engineers. I consider it to be a career highlight and will always look back fondly on my experience."

"The API Summer School is a definite must-attend for professionals involved in the Power Industry. The lectures, tours and talks will definitely build on your kit bag of tools which you can draw upon as you progress through your career. The two weeks is well worth the effort and the API personnel are able to make it fun. It's like going back to school but this time you're well aware that it's going to lead you to the path to success!"

"This program has given me a broaden range of knowledge (existing and future) to enable me to go further in my organisation. This is very essential for my career development. In fact, the level of knowledge that I obtained from both industry and academic lectures in these two weeks is almost equivalent and more than what I have learned from university over the four years period."

"API Sumer School provides an excellent opportunity to take a step back from your daily role and get a big picture view of our industry and the challenges ahead. It has given me some great ideas that I will be taking back to my role in our business to tackle these challenges. It was also a fantastic networking opportunity that I have not experienced in any other training or conference event. I highly recommend the API Summer School!"

"The 2014 API Summer School was a fantastic Experience. It is difficult to gain a broad view and understanding of the complexities and parties involved in the power industry during the course of normal employment except through many years of experience, however the API Summer School brings this together in just 2 weeks. I have also made new friends that I would not normally have met! I cannot recommend this highly enough."

"The API Summer School was a great opportunity to look afresh at the power industry and grapple with the challenges that are emerging in the industry. Awesome networking opportunity backed up by quality presentations providing a spectrum of breadth and depth of knowledge."

"This program helped me understand a broad and valuable understanding of the Industry as well as the challenges faced in the future. The skills gained from both presentations and syndicate work will certainly help me bring new ideas to my workplace in order to improve our work practices as well as advance my individual career development".