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 requirments, 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.
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
Guest lectures from Practioners
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
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.
The cost of the course is £1060 (inc. £260 IOA Reg fee) - Academic year 2018/19
Please note this is subject to change for academic year 2019/20.
Book your place through our online shop.
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.