International Association for Impact Assessment

Foundation Course in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


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Course Title:

Foundation Course in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Course Description:

This course covers the basic principles and objectives of EIA, its core concepts and methods, and the fundamentals of EIA review processes and study management. It is comprised of 16 topics in 5 units, each unit completing with a conference with the trainer. Each topic is comprised of a reading, a quiz, and an assignment. Some topics contain videos of experts who discuss applying the material. Application deadline August 20, 2018.

Course Duration:

This course is open within a 12-week period and should take 20 to 30 hours to complete, including interactions with a trainer. The next course will start on September 17, 2018.

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Course Requirements:

Participants in IAIA’s Foundation Course in EIA are expected to have:

  1. The educational background for an “IA Professional” or “IA Administrator” as described in the IAIA Guideline Standards for IA Professionals, typically at least a bachelor’s degree in an EIA-related field such as environmental studies, geography, ecology, biology, sociology, public health, social anthropology, planning, engineering, or landscape architecture; and
  2. At least one year of relevant experience undertaking and reporting on EIA studies, and/or in the administration of an EIA process.

Completion of the Foundation Course is a prerequisite for taking any of the future Core or Focus Courses.


Foundation Course in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Application Form

If you are unsure whether you qualify for the course, please contact IAIA ( for guidance.


By filling out the form below, you are applying to register in the Foundation Course in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of IAIA's Professional Development Program.To take a PDP course, you need to have access to a desktop or laptop computer, an email address, and access to web-based video conferencing (e.g., Skype) and YouTube.

You will receive an automated confirmation message once you submit your application. We will use the e-mail you provided.

Your application will be reviewed by IAIA and, if accepted, you will receive an email notification and instructions on how to pay the course fee.

When your course fee has been received, IAIA will provide you with your username (your email address) and password to enter the course, and the name and contact information of your trainer. You can then begin the course.


Application Form Required *

Completion of the Foundation Course is a prerequisite for taking any of the future Core or Focus Courses.

Please enter your first and last name below exactly as you would like it to appear on your certificate. (If you complete the course you will receive a certificate.)

Mailing (Physical) Address: *

Are you a member of IAIA?: *

Or of one of its affiliates?: *

If yes, which affiliate?:

Please identify the web-based video conferencing you have access to (e.g., Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting): *

Do you have access to YouTube?

YouTube: *


Please describe your educational background, including university degree(s), where completed and when: *

Please describe your experience with EIA: *

Please describe how you expect to benefit from taking this course: *

Upload a digital passport-like photograph of yourself for identification during the course:  (this field will only accept web images with the following file extensions
jpg, png and gif. PDF files will not be considered.)*






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