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About the course

You have access to the latest equipment, software and facilities for acoustics measurement and modelling and you are taught by an experienced teaching team with consultancy and research expertise in outdoor events and environmental noise.

From the growing number of outdoor music festivals and increases in vehicle and aircraft movements to developments in fields such as renewable energy, the ability to correctly measure and monitor noise is a key requirement of planning and regulating noise in a variety of areas.

The Institute of Acoustics (IoA)’s Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement is designed for professionals who may not need more formal qualifications in acoustics. These include environmental health officers, health and safety officers, sound engineers, event managers, urban planners, environmental consultants, HVAC engineers and construction managers.

Holders of the CCENM are entitled to apply for technician membership of the IOA, subject to one year’s experience working in a relevant area.

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Excellent professional links with a number of different relevant industry sectors.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to find roles with a wide range of companies, including Southampton City Council, Basingstoke District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Vangardia Acoustics, KP Acoustics, and Hilson Moran.

Who is this course for?

This IoA accredited course is designed for professionals, such as environmental health officers, event managers, urban planners and construction managers, who need to have a working knowledge of environmental noise, but do not require a formal qualification in acoustics.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
£1,350 including tuition and IoA examination fees.

If you are interested in registering or would like more information, please contact us via email:

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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Key entry requirements

This is an open course. There are no prerequisites to study, however due to the length of the course if your first language is not English then you may need to demonstrate your level of proficiency in English (Please see English language requirements)

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Study location

East Park Terrace

How to apply

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please contact Admissions.

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What you'll study

Course content

The course focuses on measurement and calculation and assessment of environmental noise, with particular emphasis on assessment for BS4142, but also examining other situations such as entertainment noise.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

We have a specialised acoustics department with excellent equipment and facilities.

All equipment required for the course is provided, although you will need to bring a scientific calculator.

You will receive guidance on furthering your career in acoustics and have access to Solent Online Learning, our virtual learning environment and library.

Your future

The IoA Certificate of Competence is a highly valuable qualification both for new staff in acoustics consulting and for anyone involved in planning outdoor developments or events (including events management companies, architects, architectural technologists and development officers for large companies).

It is also relevant for people who are consulting on noise impact (for example as part of an environmental impact assessment) or responsible for enforcing legislation on noise pollution (environmental health officers).

The certificate is also a core part of CPD for many other fields, in particular environmental health and environmental consulting, and successful completion allows you to apply for technician-grade membership of the Institute of Acoustics.

Graduates from this course have worked in Local Authorities, acoustic consultancies, environmental consulting, facilities management, event management and live sound.

We offer opportunities to continue study in Acoustics with the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control (meeting the educational requirement for corporate membership of the IoA), and also offer an MSc in Applied Acoustics.

Industry links

We have excellent links with a number of companies across the sector, as well as with the Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants.

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