Professional Course

Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Assessment

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35 hours of contact time


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

5 day course, 9.00am - 4.30pm

Exam dates/times


Course description

About this module

This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics. This recognition, coupled with over 25 years’ experience of delivering short courses in acoustics, means we have the knowledge and expertise to support you in this course.

Because we know that many of you will be working and will be taking this course as part of your professional development, we may be able to hold the course at your place of work for your convenience.

This course is divided into six key areas:

Basic Concepts of Noise

You’ll receive an overview of the basic definitions and principles of sound, noise indices and units, as well as basic calculations involving decibels.

Measurement and Instrumentation for Noise Assessment

You’ll go through the basic features and properties of an integrating sound level meter, calibration requirements, and the properties of a dosimeter.

Noise Exposure Assessment

You’ll review measurement strategies, including the limitations of data collection, the calculation of personal noise exposure levels and action planning.

Hearing, Hearing Loss Measurement and Protection

You’ll focus on the structure of the ear and the hearing mechanism. In addition, you’ll review hearing defects and their social implications. You’ll also look at properties and types of hearing protector, their limitations and advantages, and their performance.

Overview of Legal Aspects

It’s vital to be up to date with legislation, so you will review the Control of Noise at Work regulations 2005 and relevant Guidance documents.

Noise Reduction Techniques

You’ll look at the basic methods of noise control in the workplace, from its source to its transmission path and finally to the receiver.

Who is this course for 

If you have health and safety responsibilities at work or you work in noise consultancy, this course is for you. It’s a practical, week-long course during which you’ll undertake a risk assessment of noise exposures in the workplace. 

No formal qualifications are required. Successful completion of the course can lead to technical membership of the Institute of Acoustics.

Structure, certificates and assessment

The course will take five full-time days to complete.

During this practical, week-long course you’ll develop the skills needed to undertake a risk assessment of noise exposures in the workplace. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and its associated guidance documents.

You’ll take a practical and a written exam. You’ll need to pass both to gain the Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Assessment.

Certificate/award on completion: Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Assessment

Learning outcomes


The next step could be the IOA diploma in Acoustics.

You're probably already in employment, so you'll be able to put the skills you develop into practice immediately in your role. Gaining this qualification could also enhance your career prospects as it will set you apart from your peers.

Fees and funding

The cost of the course is £1,300 (inc. £285 IOA Reg fee) - Academic year 2021/22.

Please note this is subject to change for academic year 2022/23.

How to apply

*Please note this course is not currently accepting applications, please contact to register your interest in this course.

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Who will teach you

Mark Dring in conversation.

Mark Dring
Programme leader

Mark is a lecturer on the Sound, Light and Live Event Technology Degree and also on the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

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