Certificate in Environmental Planning and Legislation

  • Certificate in Environmental Planning and Legislation
  • NFQ Level 7 - 10 Credit Module, Professional Recognition – Engineers Ireland, CPD Approved
  • September 2023
  • Part-time
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees
  • How to apply
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What is this Programme about?

Validated by SETU Carlow, the Level 7, 10 credit, Special Purpose Award Certificate in Environmental and Planning Legislation is offered as a blend of online (Topics 1, 5) / onsite (Topics 2, 3, 4) delivery.

The programme will commence in September and the onsite delivery, in conjunction with the Local Authorities, will take place in the five regional training centres located in Cork, Dublin, Mayo, Donegal and Tipperary.

Programme details

The principle aim of this programme is to provide a minimum competency for personnel who are responsible for compliance with, and regulation of the following EU Environmental Directives in their area of work:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Directive
  • Habitats Framework Directive
  • Water Framework Directive.

Enhancing this skills-set will ensure the proper monitoring, inspections and protection of the environment, as well as the better integration of environmental issues in the planning, design and delivery of public projects within the sector.

The Programme will expand the knowledge of learners in order to equip them with the requisite knowledge and competencies to effectively operate within a planning, housing, roads, community and environment function.

Applications are welcomed from those employed by the Local Authority as:

  • Planners
  • Scientists (various)
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Community and Economic Development staff.

This programme will be delivered using a hybrid approach which is a learner-centred process involving digital, printed, live and recorded class activities and facilitated by SETU Carlow’s virtual learning environment Blackboard collaborate.  The structured manner will facilitate students in their learning process to reach programme and module learning objectives. Learners will also be required to complete project work in order to achieve certification.

Attendance at each of the topic days is mandatory.

Who is this Programme for?

The primary target learner groups are those employed by the Local Authority in the following areas with a role impacted by Environmental and Planning Legislation:

  • Roads
  • Planning
  • Housing
  • Environment
  • Water Services

Online Support

Students will have full access to a range of supports available online and through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. These include our new online programme, PACE, which is designed to support students to access and effectively use library resources in order to complete assignments. Additional supports include an Academic Writing Centre and Maths Support Centre, freely available to all students.

Entry Requirements

This programme is typically aimed at mature learners or those working within the Environmental sector.

Applicants under the age of 23 must meet the following entry criteria

  • A pass in the Leaving Certificate; 5 grades at O6/H7 including English or Irish and Mathematics or international equivalent.

Applicants over the age of 23 years are classed as mature students and can apply on a case by case basis. There is no defined entry criteria for matures entering this programme. All programmes are mapped to the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and applicants who wish to apply using this route can request the specific RPL for their programme.

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

All programmes are mapped to the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy https://www.itcarlow.ie/resources/quality/quality-policies-procedures.htm and applicants who wish to apply using this route can request the specific RPL for this programme.

SETU Carlow’s RPL Policy offers clear pathways to the learner for recognition of previous learning undertaken and offer every credit to the learner in completing such learning. 

The Programme Board will be responsible for the assessment of entry standards and applications as part of any RPL Process.


Programme fee - €900 per year.

For further information on course fees please contact the Extended Campus office on E: extendedcampus.cw@setu.ie 

T: 059-9175286

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

How to apply

Complete booking form with the Training Officer in your local authority.

Once approval to apply has been granted by your local authority, application may be made to SETU Carlow.


For information on our courses, please contact extendedcampus.cw@setu.ie or phone (059) 91 75826