International Association for Impact Assessment





Through its Training and Professional Development Committee, IAIA provides members and non-members with access to training courses (both in person and online), webinars, and training manuals to promote and support IA capacity building.

See this page for additional information about each of our Training Program offerings as well as our Training Calendar.

<Professional Development Program (PDP)

IAIA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) is designed to provide online training for individuals involved in carrying out, reviewing, or otherwise participating in EIA and related studies of projects.  This 12-week "Foundations of Impact Assessment" course is incredibly popular due to the popularity of the course content and because each trainee is paired with an expert trainer in IA, so make sure to register early.

<Online Training Courses (OTC)

In an effort to provide more online, interactive training opportunities, IAIA is proud to debut of its new Online Training Courses (OTC).  These courses will be held over multiple sessions for a 1-3 week period of time and will have small class sizes to encourage participation among participants as well as with the instructor.  Topics will cover a wide variety of impact assessment areas, as well as options for foundation, intermediate, and advanced level content.


IAIA shares the expertise of its members through a series of webinars throughout the year.  These webinars are live events, often with interactive Q&A sections for attendee involvement.  Recordings of past webinars are also available on demand, with archived webinars dating back to 2015.

<In-Person Training at IAIA Annual Conferences

IAIA offers 8-12 training courses each year in conjunction with its annual conference. These one- or two-day pre-conference courses cover a range of aspects regarding impact assessment and occur in person at the conference location.
Courses to be offered at IAIA24: 

  • Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration in Impact Assessment | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Cumulative Effects Asessment | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • More Effective Impact Assessment: Tools for Stronger Argument and Clearer Writing | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Health in Environmental Assessments | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Strategic Thinking for Sustainability (ST4S) - New Paths Towards Just Transformation, Combining Strategic Sustainability and Systems Thinking in Impact Assessment | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Friendly Infrastructure | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Leadership in ESIA | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Social Risk Management for Major Projects: Tools and Frameworks to Support Just Transformations | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • More Effective EIA Follow-Up: How to Seamlessly Connect EIA and EMS | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Transforming ESIA Into Action: More Effective Follow-Up for Sustainable Development | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Public Participation for Impact Assessment Professionals: Aiming for Transformational Approaches Using International Frameworks and Standards | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Human Rights Impact Assessment and Due Diligence in the Energy Transition | 2 days (22-23 April)
  • Linking Sustainable Finance & Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Systems | 2 days (22-23 April)

<Training Manuals

Find a variety of downloadable training manuals on various impact assessment topics.

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Training Calendar

These are our upcoming courses and webinars. Click title for more information and registration link.

Free Webinar - DREAMS: Digitally Supported Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Development Goals

  • 27 September 2023 | 8:00-10:00 UTC. 
  • Hear selected results of the high-profile Danish innovation project on digital environmental assessment.
  • Registration now open.

Online Training Course - Effective Engagement in Impact Assessment: Working to International Good Practice Standards

  • Dates of course: 10, 12, 17 and 19 Oct 2023
  • Hours of course sessions: 8:00am - 11:00am UTC
  • Course ID: OTC 23-02
  • Registration now open

Online Training Course - Conflict Management & Resolution in EIA Projects

  • Dates of course: 10, 11, and 13 Oct 2023
  • Hours of course sessions: 12:30 - 17:00 UTC
  • Course ID: OTC 23-05
  • Registration now open

Online Training Course - Smarter Monitoring and Auditing for More Effective Implementation

  • Dates of course: 23, 24, 26, and 27 Oct 2023
  • Hours of course sessions: 11:00 - 14:30 UTC
  • Course ID: OTC 23-07
  • Registration now open

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