Rie has many qualifications:
- Dip Ed (English and History) (University of Wollongong)
- MEd (hons) Early Childhood literature and the psychological development of the pre-school child (University of Wollongong)
- MCA with distinction in Creative Writing (University of Wollongong)
- DCA in Screenwriting - major work, Heloise (University of Wollongong)
- Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
She attended the summer school in film-making at Melbourne University in 2002.
Rie has completed all of Hal Croasman's on-line screenwriting workshops.
She has also completed the "Train the trainer" workshop in Digital Storytelling at ACMI.