Chair: Jonty Stewart MIOA
The Education Committee is responsible for determining and managing the Institute’s education policy and developing and promoting acoustics, and acoustics-related education and training for members and others.
Central to the Committee’s work are the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and four Certificate of Competence courses (i.e. Environmental Noise Measurement; Management of Occupational Exposure to Hand Arm Vibration; Workplace Noise Risk Assessment and Building Acoustics Measurement).
The Committee oversees the content, delivery and assessments of the above through the accreditation of centres delivering the courses; the appointment of examiners, the organisation of examinations; the preparation and moderation of all examination assessments; the moderation of the students’ assessed work; and the preparation and publication of examination results.
With the help of the Diploma Tutors and Examiners sub-committee, the Education Committee oversees the administration of the tutored distance-learning study version of the Diploma, including the preparation of the study notes and the accreditation of the centre delivering the practical work programme. The majority of distance-learning students are from the UK but an increasing number are from overseas.
The Committee also works to create and validate training programmes to meet specific needs. An example would be “The Certificate of Proficiency in Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 - Noise Measurements” which is currently providing training for Local Authorities in Scotland.
The membership of the Education Committee
The Chairman of Education Committee is appointed by Council.
Ex-officio Committee members are: the Institute’s President; the President Elect; the Education Manager; and the Chief Executive may attend.
The chairs of the committees responsible for Certificates of Competence* are also ex-officio members.
* These appointments require ratification by Council.
The IOA's Education Committee may co-opt corporate members to achieve a representative balance between education, industry and consultancy and to fulfil ad hoc specific, fixed term tasks.