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Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence

Overview

The Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement (CCENM) is designed for professionals working in acoustics, including environmental health officers, sound engineers and event managers who are looking to further their specialist knowledge and skills.

acoustics students

This five-day course seeks to provide delegates with a basic knowledge of the methodology of environmental noise measurement, including the use and accuracy requirements of sound level meters and analysers and to enable them be aware of the significance of measurement data against the framework of standards and legislation for environmental noise.

The aims of the course are to:

  • provide candidates with a basic knowledge of the methodology of environmental noise measurement, including, in particular, the use and of sound level meters and analysers.
  • provide candidates with an appreciation of the role of measurement data within the framework of standards and legislation for environmental noise.

After successfully completing the course, candidates should be able to:

  • make reliable measurements of background noise and noise from a variety of sources, according to the requirements of the relevant British Standard or guidance document.
  • present and interpret measurement data in a form suitable for inclusion in a report.
  • identify in outline the principle methods of noise control to mitigate the impact of noise on the community.
  • explain measurement methodology and the data acquired, appreciate the measurement content of reports and environmental appraisals and comment on proposals for noise impact mitigation.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics. Find out more about the Certificate.

LSBU has been offering courses in Acoustics for over 35 years, and houses the only centre for study with this level of facilities in the South-East of England, including full-size reverberant and anechoic chambers and an exceptionally well equipped and staffed laboratory, with access to the very latest instrumentation and technology. 

The teaching team is mostly comprised by senior lecturers of the IOA courses and university postgraduate degrees in Acoustics, and you'll have access to our extensive on-site and electronic library and Learning Resource Centre to support your learning.

Read more about the activities of our Acoustics group on our blog, featuring recent collaborations, research, awards, master classes, and projects.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
Two weeks
Start Date
April; October
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

The course will cover:

  • Basic concepts and noise units
  • Instrumentation for environmental noise measurement
  • Noise indices and measurement methodology for environmental noise measurement
  • Environmental noise measurement in practice
  • Basic aspects of noise propagation
  • Exam assessment

You can view the official syllabus of the course by following this link.

Employability

Students on this course will normally be in employment, but the course offers an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge that could help you stand out from your peers and provide you with skills that you can start using straight away in your day-to-day work.

Measurement of environmental noise is an increasingly important job for planning and regulating noise in a variety of areas, particularly in London, thanks to the wide range and speed of new infrastructure development. 

...If there is a clear link between the number of job ads and growing economic prosperity, then it would appear that the acoustics sector is enjoying something of a boom.

Institute of Acoustics, March 2015

LSBU offers both the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics for those students wishing to pursue further study.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff


Dr Haydar Aygün

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Aygün is a Senior Lecturer in Acoustics in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering at London South Bank University.


Dr Stephen Dance

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader; Course Director for MSc Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

Steve is a Reader in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture, with particular interests in music and acoustics, PA systems, urban wind turbines, vocal stress and speech intelligibility.


Dr Bob Peters

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Research Visiting Fellow

Bob has been active in research, teaching and consultancy in acoustics, since graduating with Honours in Physics from Imperial College, London, in 1965.


Prof. Bridget Shield

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Emeritus Professor of Acoustics; Visiting Professor

Bridget's research interests include the acoustic design of schools and its impact on pupils and teachers. She became the first female President of the Institute of Acoustics when she was appointed to this role in 2012.


Facilities

LSBU houses the only centre for study with this level of facilities in the South-East of England, including a full-size reverberation chamber, anechoic chambers, two audiometric booths and an exceptionally well equipped and staffed laboratory, with access to the very latest instrumentation and technology.

Our specialised lab equipment includes:

  • B&K Shaker
  • B&K accelerometers
  • B&K head and Torso Simulator
  • B&K calibrated sound source
  • BSWA two channel Standing Wave/sound transmission  Tube
  • Microflown Impedance Gun
  • 2 KayPentax Vocal Load APM
  • Svantek 6 Channel Vibration Meter
  • JBL 6112 Subwoofer
  • 2 Dodec Loudspeakers
  • 3 Norsonic Nor 140 Class 1 SLM
  • 2 CEL 593 Class 1 SLM
  • Svantek 958 Noise/Vibration meter
  • Norsonic Nor 132 Class 2 SLM
  • 6 NTI XL2 Class 1 SLM
  • 10 SoundBadge Dosimeters
  • Rion Vibration Suite
  • B&K Standing Wave Tube
  • Norsonic Sound Insulation Kit

reverberation chamber

Students work in the reverberation chamber

  • Acoustic Research Facilities

    Acoustic Research Facilities

    Our acoustic laboratories offer an outstanding and rare learning environment. Facilities include an Anechoic Chamber and a Reverberation Chamber, which support cutting-edge research in the field of applied acoustics.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

In principle the course is open to anybody who will benefit from it and is well motivated. However it is expected students to be numerate and to be able to carry out basic scientific calculations using a GCSE level scientific calculator.

The course is generally considered by past students as intense and demanding, although highly rewarding and extremely valuable. An amount of self-study is needed to complete the course successfully.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
Two weeks
Start date
April; October
Application code
4342
Application method
See below

Application method

Please register and pay through LSBU's online store.

Dates

This is a 5 day course to be held over a 2 week period: 24-25 April 2018, 1-2 May 2018 and 4 May 2018.

Attendance time

The course runs 9-5pm each day with an examination and assessment on the final day.
For more advice and information, contact the course director, Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina.

Venue

London South Bank University, London SE1 0AA. For information on travelling to the University, visit our maps and travel page.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £1530International fee: £1530
AOS/LSBU code: 4342Session code: 1FS01
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £1530International fee: £1530
AOS/LSBU code: 4342Session code: 1FS00

The individual Tuition Fee for this course is shown above.

The total fee shown is inclusive of the IOA exam fee, LSBU fee and course materials.

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Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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