Professional Development

CPD requirements

This guidance explains the requirements of our CPD scheme and where activities should be recorded.

CPD Guidance (PDF)

Endorsement of short courses

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

IAQM Endorsement Criteria (PDF)
Our Commitment

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

We facilitate your career development through structuring training, and by providing incentives to continue learning and improving professional skills.

Accredited Courses

MSc/Diploma in Air Pollution Management & Control

University of Birmingham

A part-time or full-time postgraduate programme that 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 information

Endorsed Courses

Essentials of AQM: An Introduction to Air Quality Management

EMAQ+ (Endorsed 2020 – 2023)

This foundation course 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 information

Odour Study Day Course

Silsoe Odours (Course currently on-hold due to COVID-19)

Silsoe Odours Logo

The Silsoe Odours Study Day Course is a popular one-day odour management course. It is beneficial for regulators, operators of odorous industries, local authorities, consultants, air quality professionals and abatement equipment suppliers. Developed by leading industry experts with extensive field experience, it provides clear, up-to-date guidance on the principles, concepts and methods of odour management.

The course aims to familiarise attendees with the range of issues relating to odour: measurement; modelling; assessment, abatement and regulation. The course focuses on EPR/Permitting (and to a lesser extent nuisance).

Further information

Air Quality – 5 x one-day courses

UWE Bristol (Endorsed 2020 – 2023)

Based on updated Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) Guidance, UWE’s Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) offers a suite of online Air Quality short courses. This suite consists of five distinct courses which can be taken all together or as individual days.

  1. Air Quality Management
  2. Air Quality Monitoring
  3. Air Quality Dispersion Modelling
  4. Air Quality Assessment
  5. Air Quality Action Planning

Delivered as self-learning (materials access only) or blended learning (materials + live session), each topic provides you with a set of interactive web-based materials to work through in advance of a live online contact session with the course leaders and your peers, providing an opportunity to discuss the materials in more depth and undertake related activities to that topic.

The courses are endorsed by IAQM; those accessing the materials and competing the online live session will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance from UWE Bristol for 3 CPD hours + self-study, which you can then present to IES.


Access to online materials: 20 September to 17 December 2021
Live sessions (one per topic): Monday 08 to Friday 12 November 2021, 09:30-12:30

Fees (p/session)

Full fee Materials + Live session (recommended): £215 per topic or £1075 for all 5 topics
Materials Access only: £95 per topic or £475 for all 5 topics
UWE Alumni/Student Materials + Live session (recommended): £182 per topic or £910 for all 5 topics

Booking forms and further information available from links course webpages or contact the Professional Development Team directly: