Education & Training

We offer professionally recognised courses for those interested in working in any aspect of acoustics

Education & Training Courses

The Institute offers a range of professionally recognised courses for those interested working in any aspect of acoustics. They cover general principles and specific applications including building acoustics and the management, regulation and control of noise and vibration in the workplace and environment.

The Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control normally requires a year of (part-time) study, including coursework, written examinations and a project. Short specialist courses, normally requiring five days of study including practical training and examination, lead to Certificates of Competence.

IOA courses in the current UK lockdown

Some certificate centres will be offering courses this Spring and the IOA will support and administer these on the basis of Centre reassurances that they are taking appropriate steps to make their delivery COVID19 secure. This will include some online delivery and restrictions on numbers for practical work.

Also, as far as possible, teaching and learning for the Diploma will be presented online including the laboratory module which will include 'at home' experiments.

We are aware that many of the measurement components or other practical activities that may be planned for Projects might have to be curtailed or abandoned. If this is the case, then we will adapt our expectations regarding Project content, conduct and Reports accordingly.

Also, the planned written paper examinations for the IOA Diploma (scheduled to be held in June 2021) will be taken 'at home' and candidates will be asked to submit written answers within a limited time frame. This arrangement was pioneered last year.

Circumstances continue to be challenging but nevertheless we are doing our best to continue IOA course delivery and we hope you stay healthy.

(Prof.) Keith Attenborough, HonFIOA
Education Manager