Professional Development

As part of its strategic objectives, the IAQM promotes the ongoing education and training of its members.

Accreditation of short courses and conferences

The IAQM undertakes accreditation of short courses and conferences to ensure the standard and quality of the training provided.

Download the criteria for IAQM accreditation (pdf)



MSc / Diploma in Air Pollution Management and Control

A part-time or full-time postgraduate programme at Birmingham University, UK. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of air pollution, its management and control. The course describes the underpinning basic science of the atmosphere, both its physics and its chemistry, needed to understand air pollution and its dispersal. It explains the causes and the effects/impacts of air pollution, its management from local to international levels, and the engineering controls used to reduce emissions from industry and transport. Research methods are introduced and there is the opportunity to go into greater depth in a particular chosen area through a literature review and a research project.

Further course information can be obtained from the website.


Essentials of AQM – An Introduction to Air Quality Management

The ‘Essentials of Air Quality Management (AQM)’ is an IAQM accredited foundation course that enables Environmental Protection officers to demonstrate that they have the knowledge needed to implement the requirements Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) as required by the Environment Act 1995 and the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.

The syllabus is delivered in five seminars:

  1. The technical and legal context of LAQM
  2. Practical aspects associated with monitoring and compliance
  3. Review and assessment
  4. Action Planning
  5. Managing the LAQM process

Each seminar stands alone but is intended as a part of a programme of study leading to a certificate of proficiency in LAQM. Those achieving the certificate will have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and understanding needed to carry out the functions required of a local authority. This knowledge, when coupled with practical experience gained ‘on the job’ as part of an individual’s continuing professional development plan, will provide them with the necessary confidence to operate effectively, and their managers with evidence of an individual’s ability to implement LAQM requirements.

The course is, therefore, a vehicle for personal development and a means by which LAs may strengthen their infrastructure for delivering LAQM. Those taking the course should view it as a partnership between themselves and their sponsoring organisations (usually their Authority); consequently participants are required to obtain the active support of their management before they can register.

Further details.


Air Pollution (five day course from Monday 28th November 2016 to Friday 2nd December 2016)


Air Pollution
This five day course will introduces the fundamentals of air pollution, with a consideration of the background and historical perspective, and a commentary on current air quality policies and standards. Included is a background on historical perspective on air pollution and a commentary on current air quality policies and standards, with discussion of major pollutants, their sources and their effects (environmental, economic and health.

The course will:

  • introduce the methods to estimate air pollution emission from road transport and industrial sources;
  • introduce the theory of dispersion of air pollution in the atmosphere;
  • discuss the major approaches for air pollution modelling;
  • demonstrate the features and the use of most widely used commercial and freely available air quality models;
  • introduce the issues of indoor air pollution and personal exposure to air pollution; and
  • demonstrate the methods of estimating disease burden or health impacts of air pollution.

More information and course outline

The course runs for 5 days from Monday 28th November. Course fees are £1275.

Air Quality & Health
This one day course is aimed at air quality and health planners and experts who are interested in learning about:

  • Sources of air pollution
  • Impact of air quality on health
  • Global and national air quality trends
  • Spatial and temporal variations in air quality across a city/region
  • Methodology for health impact assessment of changes in urban air quality using outputs from existing air quality modelling tools

The course is based upon internationally recognised research and extensive experience of working with local authorities and other partners. Course fees are £195.



Air Quality ( 5 x one-day courses from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May)UWE_AQM_Large_


Air Quality

Based on updated LAQM Guidance, the Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management is pleased to offer a new suite of Air Quality short courses. This suite consists of five one-day courses can be taken all together or as individual days.
The courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) and CPD certificates are available on completion.

Monday 23 – Friday 27 May (This date is dependent on timely publication of the updated Defra guidance documents, so is liable to change.)

£200 per course (5% discount is available for bookings made 8 weeks or more prior to start date).

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View all Professional courses offered by the Department of Geography and Environmental Management.


Continuing professional development

CPD facilitates your career development through structuring training needs and requirements, and by providing incentives to continue learning and improving professional skills.

IAQM operates a CPD process ensuring members develop as high-quality professionals. All members are required to keep this up-to-date. A randomly selected 5% of the membership is audited each year. The guidance document explains the requirements for IAQM members to determine what contributes to CPD and where it should be entered in the IES online tool. CPD guidance (pdf)

You should log your CPD online using the IES tool CPD recording tool.