International Association for Impact Assessment

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    Online training available

    The application process is open through 27 August for IAIA’s “Foundations of Impact Assessment” online training course.  This 12-week course will start 16 September 2019 and is part of IAIA’s online Professional Development Program (PDP).  PDP courses are trainer-supported, meaning that each course participant has the opportunity to meet and work one-on-one with an experienced trainer using online communication tools. 

    For more information on the PDP and the Foundations of Impact Assessment course, click here.



    Course description:  The Foundations course is designed for early-career professionals with some EIA experience. With over 16 topics in 5 units, 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.  Each topic is comprised of a reading, a quiz, and an assignment, and each unit ends with an online conference with the trainer. Some topics also include videos of experienced EIA practitioners discussing the application of various topics in their practice. 

    Course duration: Open for a 12-week period (16 September - 6 December 2019). Requires 20 to 30 hours to complete.

    Course fee: $595 USD (Limited number of bursaries available; see below)

    Application details: Complete the online application form by 27 August 2019.  This course is first-come, first-serve, up to 28 participants.

    Course feedback: Since 2017, 82 participants from 25 countries have completed the course, representing national and regional governments, consulting firms, private-sector corporations, and non-governmental and community-based organizations.  Participants report a high level of satisfaction with the course and its relevance to their everyday practice of EIA in support of sustainable development.


    Up to 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 (check list to see if you qualify).
    • 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.

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