Certificate of Competence Workplace Noise Risk Assessment

This Certificate course aims to provide a recognised course of education and training to enable persons to carry out workplace noise assessments in a competent manner, as required by the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Since the course was first run in 1989, more than 2000 people have gained the Certificate. With the introduction of the new Regulations in 2005, demand for competent noise exposure assessments is increasing and this course provides those registering with the latest information and training to meet the demands of this new legislation.


Chair: Mr David Trew MIOA

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The Central Branch was established towards the end of 2005 to provide a programme of meetings and a forum for IOA members in the Herts/Beds/Bucks and surrounding areas.

We aim to hold evening meetings during most, if not all, months of the year on subjects of interest and everyone is warmly welcomed to our meeting venues (non members as well as members) at various venues throughout the region.


Council is the governing body of the Institute and meets four times a year. Council comprises the members of Executive committee, three Vice Presidents (Groups Branches, International Affairs and Engineering Division) and nine elected ordinary members. In addition, there are two young members’ representatives who serve overlapping two year terms. The chairmen of the committees are also invited to attend Council meetings to provide reports of their areas of activity. The period of time that anyone can serve on Council is limited and elections take place at the Annual General Meeting.


Chair: Dr Keith Holland MIOA

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The Electro-Acoustics Group of the IOA is the home for specialists in all aspects of sound equipment and sound systems design. 
The group holds an annual conference, called Reproduced Sound, usually in late November. This event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in Brighton in 2009, attracts delegates from all over the world. 



Chair: Mr Martin Jones MIOA

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Eastern branch is an active group, founded in 1987, who aim to provide a varied and interesting series of presentations covering the whole range of acoustic activities. The regular branch meetings are organised throughout the region, although based around the Colchester area, and intended to inform and enthuse the membership across the specialisms. 



Chair: Dr Bob Peters FIOA

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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.

Environmental Noise

Chair: Mr Steve Mitchell FIOA

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The Environmental Noise Group comprises members of the Institute of Acoustics with a particular interest in assessment and control of environmental noise and vibration. The aim of the group is to provide a forum for members to exchange information and discuss developments within this general field of interest including noise and vibration control, prediction methods and the effect on receptors (not just people). 


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