International Association for Impact Assessment

IAIA Professional Development Program

IAIA Professional Development Program


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Foundations of Impact Assessment
Course Overview

This course is designed for those involved in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) who want to strengthen their foundational knowledge and practical skills. Whether you’re an IA Practitioner, IA Administrator, or simply contribute to EIA studies, this program equips you with the essential tools needed to carry out EIA responsibilities

Expert Mentorship: Personalized, one-on-one guidance and conferences with an EIA professional

Industry-Aligned Learning: Aligned with IAIA’s Guideline Standards for IA Professionals

Real-World Application: Apply your learning to practical scenarios through case studies

Self-Paced and Flexible: 12-week program, 30-40 hours, at your convenience

Member/Non-Member Pricing: USD$595 for IAIA members/USD$695 for non-members. Payment is due in full by the registration deadline in order to secure your place in the course. 

Foundations Course Outline
Getting Started

Getting Started

Unit 1

Topic 1: Introduction and Overview of EIA

Unit 2

Topic 2: Alternatives in EIA
Topic 3: Project Description
Topic 4: Screening
Topic 5: Scoping

Unit 3

Topic 6: Establishing Environmental Conditions
Topic 7: Impact Analysis
Topic 8: Impact Evaluation
Topic 9: Impact Mitigation and Management

Unit 4

Topic 10: Reporting
Topic 11: Review
Topic 12: EIA and Decision-Making
Topic 13: Environmental Management, Follow-Up, and Monitoring

Unit 5

Topic 14: Public and Stakeholder Involvement
Topic 15: EIA Project Management
Topic 16: Focus and Related Topics


Next Course - Registration Now Closed
Course Dates: 3 June - 25 August 2024
Registration Deadline: 17 May 
Bursaries: A limited number of bursaries are available to applicants meeting specific financial requirements. Complete the form below to apply. Bursary applications are accepted through 6 May or until filled.
Bursary Application
Payment & refund policies: Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received and a receipt has been issued. Pre-registration and pre-payment by individual course deadline is required. IAIA will refund registration fees upon written request received before the specific course deadline; a US$125 processing fee will be retained. After the course deadline date, no refunds will be issued for cancelations or no-shows. Substitutions for paid registrants may be made in writing without financial penalty. 


If these dates do not work for you, click here to be placed on announcement email list for future offerings of this course.


Course Requirements

  1. The educational background for an "IA Professional" or "IA Administrator" as described in IAIA's 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; and 
  3. Reading, writing and speaking proficiency of the English language; and 
  4. Access to a desktop or laptop computer, an email address, and access to web-based video conferencing (e.g., Skype) and YouTube.
If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in taking the course, please contact kiesha@iaia.org to determine if this course is right for you.

Acknowledgements
Financial Sponsors: Government of Norway; Government of Northwest Territories, Canada; IAIA
Content Contributors: John Boyle; Bryony Walmsley; Richard Morgan; Glenn Brown; Cheryl Wasserman; Charlotte Bingham; Bill Ross; Celesa Horvath
Course Designer: Frank Fucile

 


Social Impact Assessment
Course Overview

This course is designed for those involved in Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) who want to strengthen their foundational knowledge and practical skills. Whether you're an IA Practitioner, IA Administrator, or simply contribute to SIA studies, this program equips you with the essential tools needed to carry out SIA responsibilities.

Expert Mentorship: Personalized, one-on-one guidance and conferences with an SIA professional

Industry-Aligned Learning: Aligned with IAIA's Guidance for assessing and managing social impacts

Real-World Application: Apply your learning to practical scenarios through case studies

Self-Paced and Flexible: 12-week program, 30-40 hours, at your convenience

Member/Non-Member Pricing: USD$595 for IAIA members/USD$695 for non-members. Payment is due in full by the registration deadline in order to secure your place in the course. 

 

SIA Course Outline
Unit 1
Module 1: Introduction to SIA
Module 2: The SIA Process
Module 3: Screening and Scoping

 
Unit 2
Module 4: Social Baseline Study
Module 5: Data Collection for SIA
Module 6: Impact Identification

 
Unit 3
Module 7: Attribution of Significance to Impacts
Module 8: Mitigation and Enhancement Measures
Module 9: Social Impact Management Plan

 
Unit 4
Module 10: Report Structure and Contents
Module 11: International Standards and Human Rights
Module 12: Other Social Frameworks

 

Next Course - Registration Now Closed *Sold Out*
Course Dates: 24 June - 16 September 2024
Registration Deadline: 7 June
Payment & refund policies: Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received and a receipt has been issued. Pre-registration and pre-payment by individual course deadline is required. IAIA will refund registration fees upon written request received before the specific course deadline; a US$125 processing fee will be retained. After the course deadline date, no refunds will be issued for cancelations or no-shows. Substitutions for paid registrants may be made in writing without financial penalty. 


If these dates do not work for you, click here to be placed on announcement email list for future offerings of this course.


Course Requirements

  1. A Social Science or Environmental related degree or diploma, or other degree or diploma paired with postgraduate qualifications in a social related discipline; or
  2. Having worked in the community/stakeholder engagement field for at least 4 years (if you do not have the relevant degree/diploma)
  3. If you have a degree/diploma at least one year of relevant experience undertaking and reporting on SIA studies, and/or in the administration of a SIA process; and
  4. Reading, writing and speaking proficiency of the English language; and
  5. Access to a smart phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer, an email address, and access to web-based video conferencing (e.g., Skype) and YouTube: and
  6. Access to the internet

If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in taking the course, please contact kiesha@iaia.org to determine if this course is right for you. We also have mentors that can speak other languages such as Spanish and German, so if you are not too confident about your English speaking abilities, please talk to us and we will see how we can accommodate you.

Acknowledgements
Financial Sponsors: Government of Norway; IAIA
Content Contributors: Ilse Aucamp, Leandri Kruger, San-Marie Aucamp, Hilda Bezuidenhout, Pierre Gouws, Mareille Rowan, & Chanel McCall
Course Designer: Frank Fucile


IAIA's PDP is open to both members and non-members. IAIA issues a Certificate of Course Completion for each completed course. If you require confirmation of previous course completion, or have any additional questions regarding the PDP, contact kiesha@iaia.org.

Testimonials

  • “The strength of the course is that it is provided by IAIA with accuracy and credibility of the contents.  As well, the additional reading materials, the IAIA guidelines for further study, the videos to share experience, and the examples in the lessons were great to improve my understanding.  I especially appreciated the professional trainer who reviewed and commented on my assignments.”

    Tanapon, Thailand

     

    “The content of the course was very good in that it covered the entirety of the EIA process from beginning to end.  In doing so, it gave students like myself a good overview of EIA and a more holistic understanding of how the different components fit together and relate to one another.”

    Grace, United Kingdom

     

    “I felt the course was very straightforward and gave a comprehensive overview of the EIA process. I think the main strength is that the course covers really every step of the EIA process.  In addition, for me especially, the video sequences were beneficial to gain a "practical insight" to the theory.”

    Miriam, Germany

     

    “The contents of the course are well structured, organized and clearly stated.  There is no difficulty in pursuing the course content.   It includes varieties of elements related to EIA process.  It also touches on related assessments such as SEA.”

    Ngwe, Myanmar

     

     “The strength of the course is the way in which the reading material is so simplified, written in simple English, clear and straightforward.  This made it easy to understand and follow the course especially for me as it was the first time to take such a course.”

    Dorcas, Zambia

     

    “The course provides a well-organized overview of EIA.  It clearly provides the steps of the evaluation process phase by phase.  Its strength lies in that it describes in detail the overall EIA process.”

    Berta, Spain

     

    “The course was wonderful, especially the way IAIA pulled together the wealth and complexity of environmental, social and management issues around EIA into a beginner’s course with appropriate level of detail without losing the depth.  The excellent course structure was clearly signposted and effectively guided me through the quizzes and assignments.  The participant/trainer conferences were in just the right places.”

    Aleksandra, United Kingdom

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