Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time


Further your specialism

We are now beginning our enrolment for May. For more advice and information, contact

The dates for the course will be – 12, 13, 19, 20, 22 May 2020.

Please note we require a minimum of GCSE A-C Maths for entry onto this course.

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

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. You'll become aware of the significance of measurement data against the framework of standards and legislation for environmental noise.

Why IOA Certificate of Competence at LSBU?

Offering courses in Acoustics for over 35 years, we house the only centre for study in the South-East with full-size reverberant and anechoic chambers as well as an exceptionally well equipped and staffed laboratory.
Our teaching team are award-winning. All are actively involved in research and consultancy, drawing on the latest industry developments in both lectures and practical work.
We showcase the high quality output of our acoustic group on the LSBU Acoustic blog.
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.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
5 days
Start Date
Southwark Campus


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.

Aims of the course

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.


We offer 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

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 for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

The certificate satisfies the educational requirements for Technician membership of the Institute of Acoustics (TechIOA).

Membership of this professional body can provide you with contacts and networking opportunities, and it's a good platform on which to build your career.


Our facilities include 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

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. Self-study is needed to complete the course successfully.

How to apply

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
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Application method

The next intake for this course will be May 2020. We will begin enrolment in November. For more advice and information, contact

You might also be interested in our IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control course.


This is a 5 day course to be held over a 2 week period.

Attendance time

The course runs 9-5pm each day with an examination and assessment on the final day.


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Prepare to start

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 the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

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.


Year 1 FT Southwark MAY

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £1700International fee: £1700
AOS/LSBU code: 4342Session code: 1FS01

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £1700International fee: £1700
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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Contact information

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