INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE

Overview

We have closed applications for this year. For more advice and information, contact lsbuacoustics@lsbu.ac.uk.

Further your specialism

Delivery: Fully in-person or Hybrid. Please see details for this academic year below.

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.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time Duration5 days Start dateMay Application code4342 Application method See below

Course Accreditations

  • IOA

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level 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 literate and numerate to be able to carry out basic scientific calculations using a GCSE-level scientific calculator. We strongly recommend that applicants have a minimum attainment level in Maths and English of GCSE level A or equivalent.

The course is generally considered by past students as intense and demanding, although highly rewarding and extremely valuable. Self-study and revision of material covered is needed on going basis along the course to complete the course successfully.

The individual Tuition Fee for this course is £1800 (inc. vat).

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

Once registered, deferral attendance is not possible. Cancellations within six weeks of course start date will be charged at 30%, and within two weeks, at 100% of course fees. If between the course start date and finish date any participant contracts COVID19 or any other medical predicament making them unable to continue the course, please notify the centre course director and admission teams as soon as possible for the proportion of unused course fees to be reimbursed.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration 5 days Start date May Application code 4342 Application method See below

Application method

The next intake for this course will be May 2022. We will begin enrolment in November. For more advice and information, contact lsbuacoustics@lsbu.ac.uk.

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

Dates

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.

Venue

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

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.

Enrolment

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.

DayTimeActivity
3 May9am-5pmTeaching on campus
4 May9am-5pmTeaching on campus
10 May9am-5pmTeaching on campus
11 May9am-12:30pmTeaching on campus
11 May1:30pm-5pmOn-campus practical sessions in Faraday Wing Car Park
13 May9am-1pmPractical assessment on campus in Faraday Wing Car Park
13 May2pm-5pmWritten examination on campus in a designated classrooms.

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.

Facilities

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

    Facilities

    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

Careers

Employability Service

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:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • 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.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

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

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.

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.

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