International Association for Impact Assessment

Foundations of Impact Assessment (Course ID:6), 16 September to 6 December 2019


Course ID:


Course Title:

Foundations of Impact Assessment (Course ID:6), 16 September to 6 December 2019

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 27, 2019.

Course Duration:

This course is open for 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 16, 2019.

Course Cost:

$595 USD

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.




Three US $400 bursaries are available per course to reduce the course fee from US $595 to US $195 for qualified applicants.  Bursaries are intended to support the capacity building of individuals living or working in low income countries who genuinely do not have access to means to pay the full course fees. To qualify for a bursary, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must live or work in a country other than a “High Income Economy Country” as defined by the World Bank (list available at
  • Applicants must pay the remaining course fee themselves.  Bursaries cannot be awarded to participants for whom an employer, sponsor or client will be paying the course fee, either directly or by reimbursement.
  • Applicants must explain their need for the financial support to participate in the course. 

If you are interested in receiving a course bursary, you will need to confirm how you meet the first two criteria above, and then provide a statement explaining why you need the financial support to take the course.  There is an opportunity to provide this information within the course application below. 

Foundations of Impact Assessment (Course ID:6), 16 September to 6 December 2019 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 Foundations of Impact Assessment (Course ID:6), 16 September to 6 December 2019 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 *


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.)*


If you are interested in a course bursary, provide an approximately 150-word statement below explaining how you qualify and why you need the financial support to take the course.  Please be sure to review the requirements and to provide a complete statement.  For those that do not qualify, enter N/A in the field below. 






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