Tim Briggs, the new president of IOSH, the world's biggest health and safety membership organisation, has praised the IOA's competency certificates.
"I gained the Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment five years ago. I found it tough, but I felt I had a worthwhile qualification as a result," he said.
A senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, Mr Briggs is responsible for managing undergraduate and postgraduate health and safety courses accredited by IOSH.
A theme of his presidency will be to promote UK health and safety qualifications, both here and abroad. "UK education in health and safety is second to none. By working with organisations like the IOA, we can make sure that everyone knows that," he said.
The IOA runs five short competency courses at centres across the UK, as well as a Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. Full details can be found in the education section.