Accredited Oral History Training

Too busy to treat yourself to a weekend of oral history – think again?  This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the practicalities of oral history and gain nationally recognised certification. This is a stepping stone for further learning and possible employment opportunities.

The nationally accredited oral history training is delivered over two days by Dr Elaine Rabbitt, Oral History Australia National Training Convenor.

Elaine has developed the oral history training package for AHCILM404 Record and document Community Historydrawn from the wealth of oral history teaching materials that are available in Australia and overseas.

Those who complete the workshop, an interview and their assessment workbooks, will be awarded their certificate issued by the Goolarri Media Enterprises (GME) Registered Training Organisation No.51278.[i]
The Next workshop to be held:
DATE: Sat 10th and Sun 11th November 2018
TIME: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (please bring your lunch or purchase it from a local cafe)
LOCATION: Scout Heritage Centre of WA, 133 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016. 
COST: $350 (NO GST) for OHA members, concession card holders and students. 
             $395 (NO GST) for non-members, & includes annual membership to OHA. 
LOCATION: Goolarri Media Enterprises, 7 Blackman Street, Broome WA 6725
COST: $350 (NO GST) for OHA members, concession card holders and students.
             $395 (NO GST) for non-members, & includes annual membership to OHA. 
For further information or registration please contact
  •  Elaine Rabbitt
  • email:

Testimonies of attendees:

At the recent City of Belmont accredited oral history training course, a Museum officer said:

“Thanks for the great course, it was even better than I thought it would be and I had high expectations”.


Introduction to Oral History Workshop

The Introductory course presented by the Oral History Association of Australia (WA Branch) provides the foundations for those wishing to set up an oral history project – be it a family history, community history or university research project.

There are very clear guidelines that should be followed when conducting oral history interviews. This course covers the importance of ethical practice and informed consent when undertaking interviews.

The nitty gritty of putting your project together is discussed including:

  • ethics, defamation and the importance of clear guidelines and consent forms;
  • defining the project and the proposed outcomes;
  • setting up the interview;
  • contacting the Interviewee;
  • interview preparation and research;
  • the interview process and what is involved;
  • transcribing and finalising the interview.

Participants have the opportunity to conduct a practice interview in pairs and to discuss the interview experience. Where possible, practice is given on digital recording equipment.

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Using Digital Recorders Workshop

These ‘hands on’ workshops help you to gain skills and confidence in using the Marantz PMD 660 and Marantz PMD 671 digital recorders that are available to members of the Oral History Association of Australia (WA Branch) and are used in many other West Australian organisations for recording oral histories.

General Information:

  • Places limited to 8 people
  • Prerequisite: Introductory Workshop

Topics covered:

  • using equipment to record and playback;
  • transferring sound files from recorder to computer;
  • burning to CD and/or DVD;
  • basic sound editing for PC and Mac.

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Transcribing Workshop

You’ve recorded the interview – so what’s next


Would you like to transcribe those interviews you have been recording? Come along and learn the techniques to create a transcript to hand over to your interviewee with their recording.

For further information and dates please contact:

  • Ph:08 9685 1274
  • email:
  • Joe Blake
  • Ph: 9291 5000
  • email: