Training Courses

Training courses listed on this page are endorsed by AVROA members and the Education team.  The course leaders and trainers meet the standards being developed by the AVROA education committee and have:

– owned and managed their own properties or PM company for a minimum of five years

– testimonials from owners and managers who have successfully completed a course of training that has made a significant impact on their business practice.

VR Mastered – Alanna Schroeder and Tyann Marcink

One and two-day ‘boot camp’ learning with trainers who are highly experienced vacation rental owners, these events are suitable for anyone who wants to take their business to a new level.  Including hands-on activities such as making the perfect bed, creating and maintaining an Instagram account, and running a Facebook ad campaign, the VR Mastered events cover the set-up, operational, marketing and administrative aspects of a vacation rental business.

Vacation Rental Formula – Heather Bayer, Mike Bayer and Jason Beaton

The short courses and lengthier 4-week training modules offered by the Vacation Rental Formula have been created for independent owners and property managers and cover the following topics:

  • Researching and Understanding the VR Market
  • Preparing a Property for Rental
  • Creating a Marketing Strategy
  • Managing the Operation of the Business
  • Creating a Core Guest Satisfaction Plan
  • Growing the Business

Membership also includes access to the course creators in a private Facebook group; regular webinars, and Office Hours sessions.  AVROA members receive $100 discount off the annual membership fee.

Vacation Soup – Alan Egan

From one of the most highly respected experts in vacation rental marketing, Vacation Soup brings Alan’s WordPress training to a new dimension with a range of additional resources.

At the moment tens of thousands of vacation rental property owners are really unhappy with service they get from the big listings sites.

Vacation Soup exists to give back owners their independence. We help you, for free, to build a site to offer your travellers a way to book directly, thus avoiding the website fees.

These websites are destination websites, rather than purely property websites which include a ‘Local Guide’ section. This means that you can update your ‘local guide’ with information about the local area and attract clients to your site that way.

Most travellers start by looking for what there is to do and see in an area so we capture them at this research stage, even before they have thought about looking for accommodation.

Now imagine if all those guides were automatically ‘grabbed’ from your websites and published on one huge global travel guide with hundreds or even thousands of owners updating the guide regularly.

This powerful website would be the most comprehensive and up to date travel guide and thus can begin to compete with the large listing sites on Google. It then feeds the travellers back to your own sites to BOOK DIRECTLY WITH YOU .

Fully Booked Formula – Antonio Bortolotti

How do you ensure you convert an inquiry into a solid booking with a few clicks? How can you make a lasting first impressions that wipes out competition from the very first moment your prospective guest receives your first reply? How do you turn a prospect into a paying guest and a guest into a raving fan and ambassador of your properties back home?

The Fully Booked Formula Module 1 focuses on “Converting prospects into paying guests”.
It teaches you how to respond to enquiries with a proven method and in such a compelling way that prospects will look no further. With a success rate of up to 100% – meaning you can turn all of your direct enquiries into solid bookings in minutes and with a single ‘wow effect’ response – this course will give you a tool that sets you far and apart from the crowd and wins guest after guest.

The course is made of easy to follow video tutorials that guide you step by step on how to set up the same system that grants Antonio and his students up to 100% conversions from enquiries into bookings.

You can trial the course free for the first 30 days and will be billed $197 upon trial expiry; you can get a refund by emailing Antonio at within the first 30 days.

Access FBF Module 1 at