As our world becomes more complex, success is increasingly based on relationships not structures. It is essential to collaborate with individuals, communities, agencies and organisations beyond our traditional industries, supply chains or networks. 

Partnering Essentials™ is a comprehensive suite of cross sector partnering courses that embeds decades of expertise and experience in an accessible and affordable way.

Partnering Essentials™ courses are designed to deliver proven, practical skills that will equip you to partner effectively across all layers of community, education, government and business.

All the courses are based on our Partnering by Design™ methodology and provide an opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the theory and practice of cross sector partnering.

You can choose from individual courses on specific topics or combined packages, including a facilitated option, to suit your level of knowledge and skill.

Learn how to partner simply, quickly & effectively

Ian Dixon - Course Instructor & Partnering Expert

Short Partnering Courses

Key Partnering Topics

- Best practice knowledge and skills
- Up to 2hrs to complete
- Choice of 10 courses
- Assessment by quiz
- Certificate of Completion

Course Bundles

Introduction to Full Suite

- Vital preparation for partners
- Ideal for induction programs
- Includes case studies and exercises
- Video explanations & simulations
- Facilitated option available
- Assessment by Quiz
- Certificate of Completion

What people are saying...


Geoff Deans

"The Partnering Essentials™ courses have provided OZ Minerals with the tools to achieve long lasting partnerships in a modern mining environment"

Executive Director, The Partnering intiative (UK)

Darian Stibbe

“We believe the principles and approach put forward in the Partnering Essentials™ courses are global best practice”

Executive Director Program Delivery, Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation

Tim Larkin

We learnt so much from the Partnering Essentials™ course and it has fundamentally changed the way we engage with our partners

Free eBook: The 7 questions every partner should ask

By Ian Dixon - DIXON Partnering Solutions

Asking the right question at the right time is the key to successful partnering.In this eBook we explore ‘the 7 questions every partner should ask’ and continue to ask as they engage in partnering with other organisations. In this eBook we provide you with exclusive tips, frameworks & guidelines to help you partner and ask the right questions.
Free Business Partnering eBook

Ian Dixon - Your Instructor and Partnering Expert

Ian is an internationally recognised partnering specialist and brings years of experience and knowledge to share in these online courses.

Since 1999, Ian’s programs have built the partnering capability of countless individuals, organisations and sectors, empowering a new breed of collaborative leader, fit for the future of work.

Ian's uncanny ability to 'bridge the divide' between business, government, education and community has earned him strong ties with international organisations such as The Partnering Initiative and The Partnership Brokers Association, both based in the UK. But it's his work at home, particularly with indigenous communities throughout Australia that defines his legacy.

Ian is Director and Principal of DIXON Partnering Solutions a firm dedicated to solving tough problems and creating shared value through partnering.

Ian Dixon Owner & Business Partnering Expert

Bonus Material

In addition to the course content you will also receive

  • Downloadable Workbook

    Download the official workbook in each course to support you as you work through the lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

    Receive your personalised Certificate on satisfactory completion of each course or collection of courses

  • Lifetime Access

    You'll be able to come back and revisit the course material at any time

Prefer Face to Face?

We also offer integrated & customised courses...

Face to Face Courses

Empowering participants with an in-depth understanding of key cross-sector partnering concepts and equipping them with skills for immediate practical use. 

In person courses are conducted as public programs or for clients in-house and can be tailored to your organisation or industry


Blended Learning

Merging online courses with face 2 face sessions to maximise your knowledge and skill development and enhance flexibility.

Ideal for in house programs where participants can learn the fundamentals online and participate in group facilitated sessions either online or face to face.