International Association for Impact Assessment

Foundations of Impact Assessment


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Course Title:

Foundations of Impact Assessment

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 January 14, 2019.

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 January 28, 2019.

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Course Requirements:

Participants in IAIA’s Foundations of Impact Assessment course 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 Foundations of Impact Assessment course is a prerequisite for taking any of the future Core or Focus Courses.


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?: *

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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: *

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