Want to study acoustical consulting but not sure how to go about it? We’re often asked what degree we did to become acoustical consultants, so we thought we’d write this blog post detailing some of the study paths you can take. As we’re based in Nowra, New South Wales, and work mainly in Southern Sydney and the South Coast, we’ve focused on the courses and training available in NSW. Of course, there are plenty of acoustical consultants in other parts of Australia, and it’s a career that can take you all over the world.
Start with a Bachelors Degree
Your path to becoming an acoustic consultant begins with a university degree. A tertiary qualification in engineering, science or architecture is essential. While mechanical engineering is probably the most common degree held by acoustical consultants, electrical and environmental engineering are also fairly frequent. There are a number of engineering courses in Sydney and regional NSW and our local university, University of Wollongong, also has a highly regarded mechanical engineering degree.
Most engineering graduates will get some industry experience behind them before deciding to specialise. If you are interested in acoustics and acoustical consulting, you may want to undertake some post-graduate study. The Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants supports a program aimed at those who have recently entered the acoustical consulting field and is organised through the University of NSW. The modules are offered separately so they can be completed anywhere and at any time. The program is based on a similar program offered by the UK Institute of Acoustics (IOA), and a certificate is issued for every module you successfully complete. Find out more about post-graduate study, and careers in acoustical consulting in this presentation from the AAAC.
Harwood Acoustics is an experienced acoustical consulting company based on the NSW South Coast. We offer a range of services including traffic noise reports, aircraft noise reports and environmental noise assessments. Get in touch with us today.