Environmental change affects all of us and it is one of the most important issues of the 21st century. Environmental studies are concerned with finding solutions for the problems created by human involvement with the environment by exploring the natural environment and the built environment and the relationship between the two.
There are an increasing amount of environmental training courses currently available, ranging from full-time degree courses to part time and evening courses, that cover emerging issues such as green energy and waste minimisation.
Degrees in areas like Environmental Investigation (IT Sligo), Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (UCD), Environmental Science (IT Carlow), Environmental Science and Health (DCU) and Agriculture (Dundalk IT) are just a sample of what’s on offer in colleges around the country. In these courses, which are generally between 2 and 4 years in length, there is the opportunity to make the first move towards a career based on the environment as well as providing a stepping stone to lead to further studies. These courses can all be applied for through the CAO.
Portobello Institute is offering a one day PLC course based on Irish Energy Policy and is designed to introduce students to the energy industry and the policies that surround it. It is aimed at graduates who want to move into the energy field and there are no academic requirements. Applications can be made directly to the college.
If you are already in an environmentally based career then why not avail of one of the many occupation training courses that are currently available? Biologic, Moloney and Associates and Training Point all have trainings on areas such as Introduction to Environment Legislation (Biologic), Environmental Noise Measurement (Moloney and Associates) and Environmental Management (Training Point). The courses are run in a variety of locations around the country, including Dublin, Kilkenny, Laois, Waterford, Kildare, Cork and Limerick. These courses are perfect for anyone looking to specialize in a certain area as well as improve their existing knowledge and enhance their CV.
If trying to find the time to study is an issue for you, then there are plenty of part-time and evening courses available that generally run for about 10 weeks once a week, depending on the course. Some, like CMI’s course in Environmental Studies or ECO UNESCO’s Introduction to Sustainable Development course, require no previous experience and are suitable for those who are looking for an introduction to the environmental field. Others ask that you have experience in the field of environmental studies, such as Portobello Institute’s Certified Energy Manger course, while the Waste Management course in Portobello Institute, requires an interview on application. Check with each individual course provider for details.
Nowadays, there is usually the option to study most things online and the area of Environmental studies is no different. CMI and CMIT are both offering the opportunity to study through their distance learning courses which means you can easily fit your course work around your life. CMI offers an Environmental Management Diploma course while CMIT has a similar course, Managing Environmental Resources, available.
There’s never been a better time to study environmental issues, whether you’re a green-fingered nature lover who wants to learn more about protecting our planet, or someone in an environmentally based career hoping to improve existing skills, environmental awareness has never been more prevalent. With the array of courses available for every level, now could be the time to help in the creation of a sustainable and more environmentally friendly future.
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