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Developing Practical Skills in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

28 February - 1 March 2017, Edinburgh

10am - 5pm (Day 1), 9am - 4pm (Day 2)





This course is one of three levels of EcIA training currently being provided by CIEEM:

Level 1: Introduction to EcIA

Level 2: Developing Practical Skills in EcIA

Level 3: Advanced course in EcIA

Guidance of appropriate level of EcIA course>>


A two-day practical course aimed at those practitioners who have existing experience of undertaking EcIAs and wish to develop those skills further.  The focus will be on delivering teaching through a combination of powerpoint presentations and workshops, with attendees working through a variety of relatively straightforward case study examples.  This course will cover all aspects of EcIA, including the basic concepts of scoping and baseline (these areas are covered in more detail in the Level 1 EcIA course).  Attendees will therefore be expected to have some knowledge of the legislation and policy drivers behind EcIA, and practical experience of undertaking ecological surveys.  This course includes a brief session on how to present the outcomes of EcIAs in a report.

In-house training available on this topic

Please note that these courses are also available as bespoke, in-house training events, tailored to the specific needs of your organisation. This includes adapting the level of the training as well as the specific case studies that are included. If you would like more information about booking an in-house course please email

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of what EcIA is, the main legal and policy drivers behind it, as well as the main steps/stages and how these fit with EIA
  • Improved understanding of the terms ‘scoping’, ‘Zone of Influence’ and ‘baseline’ and how these relate to the EcIA process
  • Ability to identify important ecological resources following the CIEEM EcIA guidelines’ geographical scale
  • Ability to characterise impacts and determine significance of effects following the CIEEM guidelines’ approach
  • Understanding of the terms mitigation, compensation and enhancement, and where these fit in the EcIA process
  • Understanding of how an EcIA should be presented in a report following CIEEM’s current guidance on Ecological Report Writing

Relevant CIEEM Guidance referred to in the course

2016 Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment in the UK and Ireland

CIEEM Competencies to be developed in the training

  • A4 Ecological Assessment including  Ecological Impact Assessment

Who should attend?

There is overlap in course material between all 3 levels of EcIA course, and those attending will be expected to have gained some practical experience of EcIA.

  • Ecological consultants with some (limited) experience of EcIA
  • Ecologists with experience of undertaking EcIAs but who want to review how their understanding of the process fits with the approach used by others
  • Those who have previously attended the level one course and wish to recap and extend their understanding of EcIA. It is not expected that someone who has attended the level 1 course would also attend the level 2 course in the same year, but would gain some additional practical experience of EcIA before attending the level 2 course

Note: Practitioners with more than 5 years’ experience of undertaking EcIAs should consider the level 3 course instead (please see course listings for dates/venues).  Please contact CIEEM for further advice before booking.


Chris Cathrine MCIEEM

Provisional Programme

Download provisional programme here


CIEEM members: £375

Non-members: £425

Lunch and all refreshments are included (but the course fee does not include accommodation).

Event booking terms and conditions>>

Date 28 Feb 2017 - 10:00
Location B+B Hotel,
3 Rothesay Terrace,
Organiser This course is fully booked - if you wish your name to be placed on a reserve list, please e-mail
Telephone 01962 868626