Study Environmental Assessment Online

Learn to prepare Environmental Assessments of all kinds.

Work in this area has expanded greatly in recent decades, and when combined with a knowledge of plant or animal identification and ecology, this course develops an extremely valuable skill.

If you already have some environmental expertise (eg. know how to identify plants and/or animals; or understand ecology and botany); this course can readily compliment your existing skills and greatly improve your capacity to work in the environmental industry.

Home Studies, Environmental Assessment Course



There are eight lessons in this course as follows:

1. Types of Employment for Environmental Scientists - Pre purchase inspections, background data, Flora and Fauna Surveys, Open Space Management Plans, Detection of Pollutants, Use of Plants, Remediation of Polluted Sites.

2. Introduction to Environmental Assessment - What is Environmental Assessment? Definitions of Environmental Assessment, General Principles and Overview of Environmental Assessment.

3. International Environmental Law - Foundations of Environmental Law, Making International Laws (Treaties and Customary Law), Milestones in International Environmental Law, Principles of International Environmental Law, Institutions that influence Environmental Law, Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Law.

4. Domestic Environmental Law - Examples of Domestic Environmental Law, Research into Domestic Environmental law.

5. Types of Environmental Assessments - Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Impact Statement, Risk Assessment/ Risk Analysis, Ecological Risk Assessment, Strategic Environment Assessment, Environmental Audit, Regional Risk Screening, Ecological Impact Assessment,Social Impact Assessments and Statements, Economic and Fiscal Impact Assessment, Health Impact Assessment.

6. The Design and Process of Environmental Assessment - Steps in the Environmental Assessment Process (Scoping, Screening, Alternatives to the Proposal, Collection and Analysis of Information, Public Involvement, Reporting the Findings of the Study, Post Project Analysis) Study design (Baseline Studies, Predicting Impacts, Mitigation Measures), Data Collection and Analysis.

7. Writing Environmental Reports - The Scientific Method and Report Writing, Generic Outline for an Environmental Statement, Examples of Suggested Layouts for Environmental Assessments, Effective Report Writing.

8. Research Project - The Research Project is the student's opportunity to test out their skills as an environmental consultant. In this project, the student will carry out a small environmental assessment and write it up as a professional report.


Duration: 100 hours


  • To appreciate the range of employment available to scientists skilled in environmental assessment
  • Develop an understanding of the basics of environmental study design, analysis and reporting within a legal framework.
  • Be aware of the international legislation relevant to environmental assessment
  • Research the legislation which dictates the environmental assessment requirements in the student's home country.
  • Appreciate the range of environmental assessment techniques that have been developed to assess a range of situations around the globe.
  • Understand the environmental assessment process in enough depth to manage a small environmental assessment.
  • Write a professional environmental report.
  • Prepare an environmental impact assessment including carrying out all research and writing up the actual report.



  • Contact a laboratory (either by telephone, email, or in person) that carries out tests for environmental contaminants.
  • Research the organisation in the local area that handles environmental complaints and the procedure for lodging such complaints.
  • Identify developments that require an environmental assessment.
  • Contact an Environmental Consulting Firm that carries out Environmental Assessments to determine the most common type of environment assessment in the local area.
  • Contact the local government organisation to determine what sort of environmental assessments are required for the different classes of development.
  • Research one treaty that influences environmental issues in the locality.
  • Research the legislation in the student's home country that governs the preparation of environmental assessments. Research the legislation in one other country that governs the preparation of environmental assessments. Compare the two.
  • Identify factors that influence developer's decisions on where to locate their developments.
  • Read and review an Environmental Assessment Report
  • Source the original data from an Environmental Assessment to determine how the data was analysed after collection.
  • Write one "dummy" environmental assessment from beginning to end.
  • Carry out a major research project in the form of an environmental assessment. This project will include data scoping, study design, data collection, data analysis, conclusions and a professionally presented finally report.


Appreciate the range of employment options

The most important basic knowledge for a job in this industry such as an environmental consultant or environmental officer is the assessment of the environment and its resilience to changes. Scientists skilled in environmental assessment will find more success in their employability.

In this course you will learn to prepare Environmental Assessments of all kinds, to comply with national and international regulations. Increase your knowledge now in this area that has expanded greatly in recent decades.



  • Ensure your skills are up to date, by pursuing further studies or attending professional development activities.
  • Keep up to date with what's happening in the field of Environmental Assessment. What are the most popular industries using Environmental Consultants and where is there likely to be more work?
  • Join a networking group to meet people who are working as Environmental Consultants.
  • Get some experience. Whether paid or unpaid, experience will always make your CV look more impressive and give you some practical knowledge to apply in your interview.




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