David Michal Lipták

Director of Learning & Development
Director of Regional Education

David is a registered psychologist, career development practitioner and human resource professional. He joined National Training Masters in 2015, and is a valuable member of the Senior Executive Team. David leads the Learning and Development team and has a focus on strategies and policies that promote sustainable people growth at National Training Masters. A hands-on leader and mentor, David works closely with other NTM leaders and the HR People and Culture Team to attract and retain the best staff and teachers. A key role for David is supporting optimal student outcomes, by placing them in the right course at the right level at the right time through to course completion. David has extensive experience in the VET and tertiary industry with over 26 years of experience. Having worked previously for organisations including the Department of Education and Training, TAFE NSW, and the school and ELICOS sectors.

David is responsible for the Regional Education portfolio for NTM. By supporting regional communities across Australia, David works closely with businesses and the government sector to provide training solutions to meet skills demands in the bush. David lives in the Central West and is an active member of his regional community.

David also maintains his own private consulting practice in psychology, career development, and human resource development. As a certified Adult, Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practitioner, David also provides pastoral support for diverse students and those at risk. David’s passion and research interests include Neuroplasticity, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in vocational education and training, and the effects of “The Great Resignation” on retraining and career development.


Master of Education (Adult and Vocational Education)
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education
TAE80113 Graduate Diploma of Adult, Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice
TAE70111 Graduate Certificate of Adult, Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice
Master of Education (Curriculum Design)
Graduate Certificate of Business Administration
Master of Learning and Development
Master of Educational Studies (Leadership)
TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
TAE50126 Diploma of Training and Design
Graduate Certificate in Career Development
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Bachelor of Social Science
Diploma of Psychology


Winner of the VET Teacher/Trainer Educator VET Sector (TAE) Programs 2019
Award by the ACDEVEG (Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group) – for excellence in designing, delivering and assessing the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Service Medal for commitment to public education 2015
Award for excellence in education from the Department of Education and Training – for teaching over 10 years
Winner Staff Recognition Awards 2006
Award by the Department of Education and Training, for Excellence in Student Services – for outstanding commitment to access, diversity and inclusion in public education.
Winner Prevention of Bullying and Harassment 2004
Awarded by WorkCover NSW for preventing bullying in Education – for developing a program and implementing an anti-harassment and bullying program with an ELICOS college.

Professional Membership

– Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
– Association for Talent Development (ATD)
– Registered Psychologist (APHRA) General Registration
– Certified Education Professional (CEP) – inaugural certification for VET professionals with the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)
– Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
– International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance – (IAEVG)
– Australian Psychological Society (APS)
– Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi)

– Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL)

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