There are a wide range of issues currently facing organisations in the whole area of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). These include: process and best practice, practical requirements, the legislative framework and cost benefit analysis among others.

Portobello Institute's Environmental Assessment Programme is designed to provide a critical overview of the theory and practice of EIA as operated within Ireland and under international legislation. The course is recognised by Engineers Ireland (the Professional body for engineers and engineering in Ireland)

At the end of this programme you will:

  1. Understand the process and best
    practice for EIA and relate them to current best procedures in Ireland operating under relevant EU Directives.
  2. Identify and evaluate an appropriate environmental policy
    for a project/organisation.
  3. Understand the specialist roles in the environmental impact assessment process.
  4. Manage, understand and oversee the creation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

It will also allow assessors of completed EIA’s to make sure they comply with EU standards and will give them an understanding of the benchmark standards the reports should be working to.

Qualifications Gained

  • Diploma
  • Engineers Ireland (EI) credit this course as a CPD approved programme for EI Members
  • The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) credit this programme towards the IEEM CPD requirement for their members. IEEM is the professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad.
  • The Institute of Archaelogists of Ireland (IAI) recognises that members who successfully complete this course are eligible for CPD points under the IAI CPD framework.

Entry Requirement

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.


Course Structure

This is a part time course delivered over 4 Fridays and Saturdays

Course Content Modules

  • EIS Review
  • Human Health Impact Assessment
  • Legal Framework and Guidance
  • Landscape and Visual - Architectural  Planning, Landscape Character and Impacts & Built environment - case studies
  • Built environment & Archaeology
  • Natural Environment, Ecology, Habitats, Flora
  • Geology Soils and water and natural environment
  • Risk Assessment and case study
  • Physical Environment - Waste
  • Socio and economic effect and influences



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