Connect Skills Institute is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has been delivering work-ready qualifications for learners since 2007. We specialise in property and real estate and are committed to helping our students build the fundamental blocks needed for their future careers and businesses.

Our Team


Rod Callaghan
Trainer / Assessor / Course Manager

I’ve been teaching and assessing real estate for 12 years now and I have 28 years industry experience. My goal is to find out what I can do to advance the business of my clients. I’ve had so many diverse experiences myself and witnessing others in their agency practice, I think I have an answer for most things in yours and if I don’t know I’ll find out. I believe in participation, making mistakes, learning and persistence until you succeed. Belief in yourself and self-actualisation is key. You must focus on your strengths and leave the negatives for others to waste time on. Your unique difference is a gift and it’s all about making effort and taking the time. Always happy to hear from customers, I’m available for a coffee and a chat anytime!


James Callaghan
CEO

I strive to make sure we provide the best support services that meet the needs of all our students from enrolment to competency. I also make sure we remain complaint to industry standards and practices. I’m proactively focused on continually improving our systems and integrating with the latest technology to provide engaging learning experiences.


Evelyn Olivares
Trainer, Assessor and Performance Coach

For me, life is an epic adventure. After leaving a successful corporate career two decades ago and entering the real estate industry, I quickly began to understand that the journey itself can be the critical difference to success, the key to achieving your goals and result in whether you enjoy this amazing journey or not. My vision is playing my part in creating the most outstanding sculptures of the people whose lives I touch. My greatest passion is inspiring people to face the challenge, empower them to accelerate their success and rise to their greatest potential. I’m honoured to be part of the amazing team at Connect Skills Institute, and look forward to assisting you reach heights you never before imagined possible. Let’s connect soon!

Rod Callaghan
Trainer / Assessor

I’ve been teaching and assessing real estate for 12 years now. My goal is to find out what I can do to advance the business of my clients? I’ve had so many diverse experiences myself and witnessing others in their agency practice, I think I have an answer for most things in yours and if I don’t know I’ll find out. I believe in participation, making mistakes, learning and persistence until you succeed. Belief in yourself and self-actualisation is key. You must focus on your strengths and leave the negatives for others to waste time on. Your unique difference is a gift and it’s all about making effort and taking the time. Always happy to hear from customers, I’m available for a coffee and a chat anytime!

Lina Zeng
Marketing & Business Development

I’ve always given guidance and my assistance to inspire younger generations mentoring my trainees and showing the right directions. A number of my trainees are proud owner-operators of a real estate business. They all know I am just a phone call away. 
I say “real estate isn’t just a job, it becomes part of you” because it requires love and compassion. The hours are long, the rewards are amazing. The stress levels are high, the satisfaction is nothing to compare. One of the most unique yet one of the most demanding of careers. I am blessed to do what I love to do and I am here to help.



James Callaghan
CEO

I strive to make sure we provide the best support services that meet the needs of all our students from enrolment to competency. I’m proactively focused on improving our systems and integrating with the latest technology to provide engaging learning experiences.

Our Team


Rod Callaghan
Trainer / Assessor

I’ve been teaching and assessing real estate for 12 years now and I have 28 years industry experience. My goal is to find out what I can do to advance the business of my clients. I’ve had so many diverse experiences myself and witnessing others in their agency practice, I think I have an answer for most things in yours and if I don’t know I’ll find out. I believe in participation, making mistakes, learning and persistence until you succeed. Belief in yourself and self-actualisation is key. You must focus on your strengths and leave the negatives for others to waste time on. Your unique difference is a gift and it’s all about making effort and taking the time. Always happy to hear from customers, I’m available for a coffee and a chat anytime!


Evelyn Olivares
Trainer, Assessor and Performance Coach

For me, life is an epic adventure. After leaving a successful corporate career two decades ago and entering the real estate industry, I quickly began to understand that the journey itself can be the critical difference to success, the key to achieving your goals and result in whether you enjoy this amazing journey or not. My vision is playing my part in creating the most outstanding sculptures of the people whose lives I touch. My greatest passion is inspiring people to face the challenge, empower them to accelerate their success and rise to their greatest potential. I’m honoured to be part of the amazing team at Connect Skills Institute, and look forward to assisting you reach heights you never before imagined possible. Let’s connect soon!


James Callaghan
CEO

I strive to make sure we provide the best support services that meet the needs of all our students from enrolment to competency. I also make sure we remain complaint to industry standards and practices. I’m proactively focused on continually improving our systems and integrating with the latest technology to provide engaging learning experiences.

Ola Nordmann
Customer Support

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Our Team


Rod Callaghan
Trainer / Assessor

I’ve been teaching and assessing real estate for 12 years now and I have 28 years industry experience. My goal is to find out what I can do to advance the business of my clients. I’ve had so many diverse experiences myself and witnessing others in their agency practice, I think I have an answer for most things in yours and if I don’t know I’ll find out. I believe in participation, making mistakes, learning and persistence until you succeed. Belief in yourself and self-actualisation is key. You must focus on your strengths and leave the negatives for others to waste time on. Your unique difference is a gift and it’s all about making effort and taking the time. Always happy to hear from customers, I’m available for a coffee and a chat anytime!


Lina Zeng
Marketing & Business Development

I’ve always given guidance and my assistance to inspire younger generations mentoring my trainees and showing the right directions. A number of my trainees are proud owner-operators of a real estate business. They all know I am just a phone call away. 
I say “real estate isn’t just a job, it becomes part of you” because it requires love and compassion. The hours are long, the rewards are amazing. The stress levels are high, the satisfaction is nothing to compare. One of the most unique yet one of the most demanding of careers. I am blessed to do what I love to for the past 30 years and I am here to help.


Evelyn Olivares
Trainer, Assessor and Performance Coach

For me, life is an epic adventure. After leaving a successful corporate career two decades ago and entering the real estate industry, I quickly began to understand that the journey itself can be the critical difference to success, the key to achieving your goals and result in whether you enjoy this amazing journey or not. My vision is playing my part in creating the most outstanding sculptures of the people whose lives I touch. My greatest passion is inspiring people to face the challenge, empower them to accelerate their success and rise to their greatest potential. I’m honoured to be part of the amazing team at Connect Skills Institute, and look forward to assisting you reach heights you never before imagined possible. Let’s connect soon!


James Callaghan
CEO

I strive to make sure we provide the best support services that meet the needs of all our students from enrolment to competency. I also make sure we remain complaint to industry standards and practices. I’m proactively focused on continually improving our systems and integrating with the latest technology to provide engaging learning experiences.

Ola Nordmann
Customer Support

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Rod Callaghan
Trainer / Assessor / Course Manager

I’ve been teaching and assessing real estate for 12 years now. My goal is to find out what I can do to advance the business of my clients? I’ve had so many diverse experiences myself and witnessing others in their agency practice, I think I have an answer for most things in yours and if I don’t know I’ll find out. I believe in participation, making mistakes, learning and persistence until you succeed. Belief in yourself and self-actualisation is key. You must focus on your strengths and leave the negatives for others to waste time on. Your unique difference is a gift and it’s all about making effort and taking the time. Always happy to hear from customers, I’m available for a coffee and a chat anytime!

Evelyn Olivares
Trainer, Assessor and Performance Coach

For me, life is an epic adventure. After leaving a successful corporate career two decades ago and entering the real estate industry, I quickly began to understand that the journey itself can be the critical difference to success, the key to achieving your goals and result in whether you enjoy this amazing journey or not. My vision is playing my part in creating the most outstanding sculptures of the people whose lives I touch. My greatest passion is inspiring people to face the challenge, empower them to accelerate their success and rise to their greatest potential. I’m honoured to be part of the amazing team at Connect Skills Institute, and look forward to assisting you reach heights you never before imagined possible. Let’s connect soon!

James Callaghan
CEO

I strive to make sure we provide the best support services that meet the needs of all our students from enrolment to competency. I also make sure we remain complaint to industry standards and practices. I’m proactively focused on continually improving our systems and integrating with the latest technology to provide engaging learning experiences.

Our Story

Rodney Gordon Callaghan started working in real estate in 1967. In 1970, he bought an office in Blaxland, NSW on the highway opposite the Lapstone Hotel. For 15 years he sold houses, land and maintained rentals throughout the Blue Mountains area.

“I met a lot of people and got to know the district well. I’d spend the night ringing up customers, and talking to solicitors and other agents during the day. We used to take people out in the car to see a house or block of land- you’d talk to the potential buyer in the car. There were no mobile phones, so out on the road, there was no way to know what was going on back at the office besides using a two-way radio. It was a different ball game in a lot of respects.”

The one thing that hasn’t changed in real estate is the need to build relationships and relate to customers. Rodney maintained a high level of trust with clients throughout the years and believed that you should always “Say what you do and do what you say”.

Today, the team at Connect Skills Institute continues teaching these fundamental principles and knowledge of real estate to all our students.