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The institute regularly holds short seminars and certificate courses for training of municipal and governmental staff in charge of administering noise, sound, acoustics or vibration programs.


The courses provide the municipal/governmental delegate(s) with the fundamentals and basics of acoustics at levels commensurate with the selected course and the necessary training to enforce the applicable government legislation or mandate.

The courses will also provide a forum for delegate interaction with their peers in other comparable government programs who perform similar duties or administer similar programs on acoustics, noise, sound and vibration.


The courses offered are a first in Canada as the Institute provides the following:

  • Training for municipal and governmental employees only on acoustics, noise, sound and vibration control.
  • The subjects taught are tailored to the exact mandate of the delegates.
  • The courses are offered on regularly scheduled dates.
  • Several levels of training are offered on the same topic to accommodate different levels of job responsibility.
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided to the delegates who attend the 2 day courses.

For 2 specific courses, an examination will be administered and a Certificate of Competency will be issued for passing the examination.

  • Hands-on training and workshops will be provided depending on the course such as calculations using computers, the use of computer programs, field trips, use of specialized instrumentation, demonstration of equipment and products related to the course.
  • Limited enrollment to maximize the benefit for the delegates (a maximum number of 12 has been set as the upper limit, and in some courses, participation will be limited to 6 persons).
  • Some of the course time will be allocated for workshops and group discussion with other colleagues.
  • Delegates may request that certain issues that are of immediate concern to the majority be addressed by the Instructor provided that such issues are made known to the Institute at least 3 weeks before the course date.
  • There are no prerequisites as the courses will be compatible with the job functions of the delegates.

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Many of the offered courses contain hands-on training as outlined in the course description. The hands-on training may include one or more of the following:

  1. The use of computers for all calculations and models using simple spreadsheet programs as well as free software packages supplied to the delegates.
  2. Use of instrumentation for measuring sound and vibration levels; care, calibration, restrictions, etc. with the use of sample recordings of various sources of noise. The measurements will be conducted inside the training centre and/or outside depending on the course and weather permitting.
  3. Field trips to near-by sites and facilities for observations and/or for taking actual sample sound level measurements, as appropriate for the course.
  4. Instrumentation, products and equipment that are used in some courses will be exhibited for demonstration purposes and to provide the delegates with good observation while in use by the instructor or for familiarity purposes.

The instrumentation, products and equipment will include a wide range of application depending on the selected course and may include one or more of the following categories:

  1. Simple sound level meters.
  2. Integrating sound level meters.
  3. Sound level analyzers including Real Time Analyzers
  4. Devices for supplementary measurements such as laser instruments for distance measurements, accurate measurements of windows/glass properties, speed measurements, sound barrier thickness, etc.
  5. Some noise control products such as sound barrier materials and sound absorptive products.


For courses held in our offices, course notes and/or a course manual developed by SS Wilson Associates will be provided to the attendees (Otherwise, the employer of the attendees to print with prior arrangements with us)
The attendees may, however bring with them the following material for additional reference:
1. Any printed information on some of their local procedures, policies, by-laws, guidelines, etc. related to noise; if any.
2. Download a copy of the following Government of Ontario publications from their respective websites:
NPC-300: 162 Environmental Noise Guideline
NPC-206: 165 Sounds Levels Due To Road Traffic
NPC-233: 163 Stationary Sources of Sound
NPC-216: Residential Air Conditioning Devices
3. Other reference publications that may be obtained by the delegates for further reference purposes.
You may wish to contact the Government of Ontario Publications Centre with regards to purchasing or getting a copy of the following publications:
o Ornament. Ontario Road Noise Analysis Method for Environment and Transportation. Technical Document Noise Assessment and Systems Support. Approvals Branch. Ministry of the Environment. October 1999
o STEAM. Sound from Trains Environmental Analysis Method. Air and Noise Section.
Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch. Ontario Ministry of the Environment. July 1990 (Reprinted February 1993, September 1999) Copyright Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1990.
4. The use of cameras or recording devices are not accepted during the lectures held inside the lecture rooms.

The Institute will provide dell laptop computers for use by the delegates at all times (for maximum exchange of benefit, one laptop will be assigned to each pair of delegates) as well as free calculation software developed by SS Wilson Associates, Consulting Engineers (one copy per delegate)



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