Course details

Next course date

25 April, 2022


35 hours of contact time


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

5 day course, 9:00am - 4.30pm

Exam dates/times

13 May, 2022

Course description

About this module

This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics. With over 25 years’ experience of delivering short courses in Acoustics, we’re confident that you will find the standard of teaching excellent. This course offers a great opportunity to boost your knowledge quickly, and gain a recognised qualification that will look great on your CV.

The course is just five days in length, so you’ll be brought up-to-date quickly with current measurement practices for environmental noise assessment. You’ll take a practical and a written exam to evidence your learning and development.

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This course is divided into five key areas:

Basic Concepts of Environmental Noise

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

Instrumentation for Environmental Noise Measurement

You will go through the basic features and properties of an integrating sound level meter. We will also consider the importance of both field and laboratory calibration requirements.

Noise Indices and Measurement Methodologies for Environmental Noise Measurement

You will review noise assessment methods and standards, including the new guidance documents on noise in relation to planning applications, BS4142, CRTN, and BS5228. The focus here is very much on measurement methodology and less so on the legislative requirements.

Environmental Noise Measurement in Practice

We’ll encourage you to focus on the principles and good practice of noise measurement in the field, including those stipulated in BS7445.  You will also consider the limitations of noise measurement through the application of practical case studies and uncertainty. There will be plenty of opportunities to practise your skills outdoors.

Overview of Noise Propagation

This part of the course focuses on the propagation of noise from point and line sources and the effects of the environment on noise propagation.

Who is this course for

If you’re employed in a technical or scientific role by local authorities, environmental consultancies or other organisations where environmental noise measurement features, this course is ideal for you.

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

Course team

Learn from an expert teaching team

Dr John Pritchard MIOA – Acoustics and noise control expertise; Member of the IOA; Member of various IOA Committees, including the Education Committee and External Examiners group

Alan Whitfield MIOA MIEH – Environmental noise expertise, and environmental health - also an active member of CIEH

Structure, certificates and assessment

The course will start on a Monday and will take five full-time days to complete.

This is a hands-on course that will develop your skills in undertaking noise measurements and interpreting the results, so it will be very relevant to the job you do.

You'll take a practical exam on the Friday. There's also a written exam that is normally held on a Friday about two weeks after the course.

Certificate/award on completion: Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement

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

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

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

If you're an individual wishing to register your interest on this course, please contact

If your employer is paying the course fee, please fill in our booking form and our finance department will send an invoice direct to your employer.

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Who will teach you

Dr John Pritchard

Dr John Pritchard
Programme leader

Dr Pritchard is a Senior Lecturer in Geoscience.

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Contact us

Course: Steph Wright (Senior College Advisor) +44 (0)1332 591066 (ext. 3)

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