About Us

Operating as an RTO (#5800) in QLD for over two decades, ABC Training and Consulting, originally known as Alan Bartlett Consulting, underwent a transformative shift in 2017 under new management. This change brought about a focused approach, directing our training services towards specialized industry sectors: Laboratory Operations, Pathology, and Manufacturing.

Our training methodology centers on a blended learning model, incorporating hands-on practical training through on-the-job experiences like demonstrations, observations, and discussions. This practical element is complemented by an online or paper-based theoretical component.

What sets us apart is our remarkable agility in adapting and tailoring training solutions to meet your specific needs, surpassing the standards of other RTOs in Australia. Our trainers build connections with clients and students that extend beyond professional roles, often evolving into enduring friendships.

We provide training across educational levels, from school to university and industry. Our commitment extends beyond the training period, maintaining ongoing contact with students and boasting a notable track record of successful job placements. Serving a diverse clientele, including large-scale national clients and small businesses, our partnerships with Seaworld and Queensland Academy schools further distinguish us in the training and consulting landscape.

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Meet Our Corporate Team

Dean Olzard

General Manager

Dean became an integral part of ABC in 2018, initially joining as a CMT specialist Trainer before advancing to the role of QLD State Training Manager. His journey with ABC, however, started in 2009 as a lab technician in a Construction Materials Laboratory. After swiftly completing his first qualification with ABC Training and Consulting, Dean’s career trajectory came full circle when he returned as a trainer, giving back to the organisation that laid the foundation for his professional growth. The exceptional trainers at ABC, who once shaped Dean’s learning journey, inspired him to contribute as a trainer. Now, as the General Manager, Dean leads this outstanding team, acknowledging ABC’s unwavering commitment to supporting trainees. The organisation’s emphasis on individual growth and development resonates deeply with Dean, making his role as General Manager both fulfilling and purpose-driven.

Jason Cooper

QLD State Manager

In 2023, Jason became an integral part of ABC Training, bringing with him a rich 25-year career in teaching and leadership. Over 17 years, he contributed to international schools in England, Kuwait, South Korea, and Thailand, holding a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education. Jason’s passion for learning extends to various forms, encompassing VET in schools and adult learning and training. Throughout his career, he embraced cognitive coaching and positive psychology, integrating these approaches into his leadership and professional interactions. Beyond the educational realm, Jason is an avid adventure cyclist, conquering the challenging Manali to Leh ride across the Himalayas in Northern India, including the world’s highest motorable road at an impressive 5600 meters above sea level.

Max Tan

QLD Relationship Manager

In 2020, Max became a valuable member of the ABC team. Kicking off his professional journey with Telstra right after university, he quickly earned recognition as the Quantum Leap winner in 2001 and 2002. Max navigated various roles in the IT & T sector, showcasing his prowess in leading Business Development and Commercial teams. His expertise led him overseas to serve as the Vice President in Investor Relations, Information Technology, and Corporate Affairs for one of the world’s largest publicly listed tiles manufacturing companies. Max’s dynamic career trajectory reflects a seasoned professional with a knack for excelling in diverse sectors and contributing significantly to the organizations he engages with.

Rebecca I’Anson

Pathology Relationship Manager

Rebecca I’Anson, a genuine country girl, embarked on her journey with ABC in 2023. Born in Dalby and proudly calling Gympie home for the past 38 years, Rebecca’s early years were marked by a passion for rodeo life. Winning the junior bullride and organizing a significant rodeo event in Gympie at 17 showcased her determination. Beyond rodeos, she embraced rugby union and league, even founding the Sunshine Coast Women’s Indigenous Rugby 7’s team. Transitioning to healthcare, Rebecca dedicated over 7 years to pathology, focusing on community well-being. Previously, she made a profound impact working with special needs children at Education Queensland. A devoted mother of four teenage boys, Rebecca’s diverse experiences reflect a country girl’s big heart, committed to community service and cherishing unforgettable rodeo memories.

Brent Staker

NSW Relationship Manager

Brent comes from a professional sporting background with 7 years with the West Coast Eagles and 6 years with the Brisbane Lions. Brent retired in 2015 and took up work as an agent for Resort Brokers where he brokered deals in the management rights space. In 2019, he shifted across to sports apparel full time and also started a Gutter Guard business where he learnt a lot about the small business world. Brent has a passion for health and fitness, small businesses, and being a part of team environments. Brent is really excited to be on board with us at ABC Training as a Relationship Manager in NSW.

Meet Our Training Team

Adrian Van Ravels

Senior Trainer/Assessor

Adrian van Ravels is a qualified Industrial Chemist with expertise in metallurgical chemistry. Over the past 25 years, he has served as a Lecturer, Consultant, Trainer, and Assessor for laboratories in both industry and education. Adrian’s extensive career as a working scientist spans the mining and pharmaceutical sectors in Australia, as well as across the Middle East, Russia, and Slavic regions. His hands-on experience encompasses chemistry, microbiology, and physical testing, focusing on Quality Assurance and Quality Control systems. Adrian excels in method development, instrument validation, stability, formulation, and statistical monitoring of data, including uncertainty of measurement. Alongside his scientific qualifications, Adrian holds Diplomas in WHS and Project Management, emphasizing his dedication to workplace health and safety in laboratory and field-testing environments. His diverse laboratory testing proficiency covers mining, petroleum, food, soil, asphalt, and emulsions, among other fields.

Tanya Dilley


Tanya joined the ABC team in 2023 after 17 years as a Geotechnician speclising in quarry, concrete, soils and project management. With a Certificate II in Construction Materials Testing, Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques and Diploma of Laboratory Technology under her belt, we are so excited to have her on board to upskill workers in the Northern Queensland region. After working as a Laboratory Supervisor focusing on quarry and concrete business development and management and Laboratory Manager at Douglas Partners, she decided it was time to put the tools down and train the future generation of technicians. When asked for a Fun Fact about herself, Tanya proudly announced she was Guess Who Champion….in the 5th grade.

Steve Boyle


Steve worked at Hanson Australia for 16 years, where he was a NATA signatory, before moving to ABC Training as a Trainer/Assessor. He specialises in concrete, concrete applications, trial mixes and additives. His favourite thing about working for ABC is travelling around the country meeting people and helping them achieve their goals. 

A fun fact about Steve is that he used to play drums in multiple punk rock bands, gigging around Brisbane and even had the rockstar long hair!

Marty Bell


Fondly referred to as Mr Australasia within the office and proudly being involved in Olympic Weightlifting in the past, Marty Bell holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Earth Science. Marty transitioned into a diverse career path that spans over 13 years in retail management and 4 years in construction material testing and earthworks. In the early months of 2023, he joined ABC as a Trainer/Assessor specialising in Laboratories and Manufactured Mineral Products. What he cherishes most about his tenure at ABC is the opportunity to connect with individuals nationwide, spanning various industries and settings such as construction, mining, munitions, food, research and development, and education. Marty’s passion for meeting people and his versatile background make him a valuable asset, adding a dynamic dimension to the diverse landscape of ABC. His engaging presence and extensive experience reflect his commitment to contributing meaningfully to the learning and development of individuals across Australia.


Results we have helped create

Thank you so much to Matt and Sonja for your training, knowledge, assistance and most of all your enthusiasm in helping me complete both my Certificate IV and Diploma for Pathology. Your availability to answer questions and complete OTJ'S was amazing and I'd have no hesitation in completing further education through ABC Training and Consulting.
Rebecca Philpot
NSW Health Pathology
Being taught by you made me more confident in my skills as a pathology collector. It has truly been an honor to be one of your students. You have helped me effectively understand my work. I really appreciate the time you spent to help me when I needed extra guidance and reassurance with my assessments and concerns. I also appreciate how nice and understanding you have been throughout this course. You need to be recognized for all the hard work that you do to help your students succeed. Thank you so much again!
Josephine Panganiban
Laverty Pathology
Thank you for your ongoing support and help in getting me through the course quickly and so easily, a course I definitely enjoyed doing that’s for sure!! You made the training not only very easy listening but fun and enjoyable at the same time, so thank you. I’m sure we will cross paths again in the future.
Jaida Morris
QML Pathology
Alescia was an absolute pleasure to work with. She always went above and beyond in assisting around my shift work roster. Whenever anything needed clarifying, she was quick to respond. I hope to cross paths again!
Olivia Connell
BMA Blackwater
The ABC Trainers were an absolute pleasure to work with. They supported our students with opportunities to apply their knowledge from the Certificate II Sampling and Measurement and Certificate III Laboratory Skills theory into real world applications and engaged our students to challenge their critical and creative thinking.
Lauren Smith
I have recently finished my Diploma in Laboratory Technology. The exceptional experience provided from start to finish was seamless. Delivery of course and its structure was of high caliber. I would like to thank my trainers Matthew and Sonja, they have been extremely supportive and always happy to answer any questions that I have had regarding my course. They have given me encouragement, drive and has gone above and beyond to help me finish my course.
Saima Tasin
NSW Health Pathology
Thank you very much Sharyn for your support, for your patience and for everything you have done for me to be able to complete this course. You are an amazing educator and I am glad I had you as my trainer.
Valentina Apostolovska
Laverty Pathology
I am very pleased with the way this course was structured by having a personal trainer also made the process so helpful to complete at home. You have been an outstanding trainer Sonja, responding to my messages, emails and phone calls straight away, guiding me through sections I’ve had troubles with, organising weekly progress session with me and much more. I could rely on you at any stage throughout my course. I would like to thank you for all your time and helping me complete my Cert IV.
Laura Terrel
NSW Health Pathology
ABC Training and Consulting have delivered the Cert II Sampling and Measurement and Cert III Laboratory Skills to our students in Years 10, 11 and 12 for the past two years. The online platform has been very easy to manage and ABC staff are excellent at keeping us informed about the students’ progress. The culminating activity at Seaworld is something the students have really been looking forward to and highlights the skills and capabilities they have acquired. Our students finish with a valuable qualification which contributes to their QCE and ATAR. Highly recommend!
Karen Abraham
Deputy Principal
Cleveland District High School
An exceptional RTO ABC Training, I will always highly recommend for their nominated industries. Perfect customer service with outstanding compliance procedures, always maintaining a level of professionalism and quality of training.
Linda Milburn
MAS National
ABC training provides high quality delivery of the Certificate III in Lab Skills. Everyone from the trainers, to Admin and Accounts are highly professional with effective communication to the schools. The students enjoy the balance of theory and pracs with the lab activities a particular highlight. For students entering their senior years of high school, this qualification provides our academic students scientific literacy skills, a direct pathway to University, 6 QCE points and a taste of a tertiary online learning platform. Highly recommend the program and company
Mel Ellis
IB Diploma Coordinator and Year 10 Deputy
Calamvale Community College
Thank you Adrian for your support and professionalism. Was great to work with you. I’d have no hesitation in recommending you and ABC Training.
Matthew Peterson
Geotest Soil
Thank you Sharyn for all the help during the time of of Certificate III course. You were such a big help to me and always available to answer my questions. Thank you so much again, you are such a good trainer! Your company is lucky to have you.
Violeta Ristevska
Laverty Pathology
I found dealing with my trainer, Adrian Van Ravels, a very easy and enjoyable experience, as he has an upbeat, enthusiastic personality. He has a wide scope of knowledge in the laboratory industry, and like myself, passionate about it. Adrian flew to our site on a regular basis. A lot of time and effort was shown by him so that he could be available to all members of staff. I would highly recommend Adrian and all the ABC staff for their professionalism whilst undertaking this course.
Alan Wyness
Rio Tinto
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