International Association for Impact Assessment

IAIA Professional Development Program

IAIA Professional Development Program

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To complement its conference-based training courses, IAIA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) provides online training in project-based impact assessment and related studies.  The training is designed to support individuals involved in carrying out studies, reviewing those studies, or otherwise participating in assessing the impacts of projects while the projects are being considered for approval. PDP courses are trainer-supported, meaning that each course participant works one-on-one with an experienced trainer using online communication tools.

You do not have to be a member of IAIA or one of its affiliates to take a PDP course. 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

Available Courses

  • Course: Foundations of Impact Assessment, 15 June to 4 September 2020

    Course Description:

    The “Foundations of Impact Assessment” is the first and only PDP course being offered at this time, and is specifically on the “basics” of impact assessment.  This course is designed for early-career professionals with some Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) experience and covers the basic principles and objectives of EIA, its core concepts and methods, and the fundamentals of EIA review processes and study management.

    The course adopts a comprehensive definition of “environment” to include the physical, biological, resource use, social, cultural, health, and economic dimensions of the project environment.  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. Complementing the course materials are a number of videos of experienced practitioners discussing the application of various topics in their practice.  

    Application and bursary deadline: May 27, 2020.

    Course Duration:

    The course takes between 20 and 30 hours of a participants’ time over a 12-week period, including six participant/trainer one-on-one video conferences. The next course will start on June 15, 2020.

    Course Cost: $595 USD

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The following contributions have been made to the development of the PDP Foundations of Impact Assessment Course. Special thanks to our

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


  • “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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