Key details
Award
Certificate of completion, accredited by A Greener Festival
Awarding body
Falmouth University
Duration
2 weeks
Mode of study
Online, part-time
Total course fee
£495
Next start date
8 February 2021

Introduction

This intensive two week course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge of the environmental operations at events.

It will also enable you to undertake and carry out environmental assessments for a wide range of different indoor and outdoor events on behalf of A Greener Festival. 

Events, festivals and venues look to A Greener Festival to provide trained Assessors that are able to assess their activities and offer advice on how they can make their events more environmentally friendly.  

This certification lasts for a period of three years, after which you will need to renew your training.  

You will: 

  • Learn and understand the key operational issues of events which create an impact on the environment, developing  the knowledge and skills needed to undertake environmental assessments 
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to become A Greener Festival Assessor, able to undertake environmental assessment of events, festivals and venues around the world on their behalf.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to train auditors to complete assessments at festivals and events on behalf of The Greener Festival Awards.

It's also relevant for those who want work in event sustainability, including event organisers and those seeking to improve their own events environmental management. 

You may be: 

  • An event or festival organiser 
  • An environmental manager 
  • An academic 
  • Studying Events Management 
  • Wishing to update your professional skills 
  • A previous assessor for A Greener Festival required to renew your training
  • Passionate about developing your skills in event sustainability 
  • Working in events related businesses such as event suppliers.

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • An undergraduate degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification or 3 years relevant work experience 
  • Proficiency in English – reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to be comfortable studying at masters level 

 

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 or view our handy guide: 

APL guide

Course details

What you’ll learn

You will benefit from a unique, global perspective on good practice and the development of green initiatives gathered from around the world by A Greener Festival over the last decade.  

You will need to engage and complete the full two week course and pass the assessment at the end in order to pass and receive the certification.   

Week one

You will examine the context for the operational aspects of environmental event management by looking at relevant legislation and regulation, and the sorts of impacts that events can have on the ground. 

You will then move on to discuss procurement, a key aspect of the provision of goods and services for events: 

  • What processes should there be to ensure that the goods and services the event buys in are as environmentally friendly as possible? 
  • What should event organisers be thinking about and what should assessors be looking for? 

 

You then focus on some specific operational issues and continue to look at these in week two.  

Throughout the course you will identify the key issues and problems facing event organisers, the solutions being developed to address them, and the legal requirements they need to adhere to.  

You will become familiar with examples of good practice and the latest innovations that are currently under development. They will help you to know what to look for at any event you assess. 

During week one you will consider: 

  • Legal & Policy Framework for Events and the Environment 
  • Local Direct Impacts – The Environment and the Local Community 
  • Travel and Transport 
  • Procurement.  
Week two

During week two you will cover the remaining operational issues: 

  • Power 
  • Solid Waste and Recycling 
  • Water Use – Waste Water and Sewage 
  • Communication and Behaviour. 
New for 2020

All change: the impact of the 2020 lockdown on the sustainability of the event industry

Whilst it’s clear that Covid 19 has had an immediate and damaging impact on the event industry’s economic sustainability the lockdown has conversely had a positive impact on the environment.

The next A Greener Festival Assessor Training will include a special webinar devoted to assessing the implications of the pandemic for the environmental and social as well as economic sustainability of the event industry.

You will examine the context for the operational aspects of environmental event management by looking at relevant legislation and regulation, and the sorts of impacts that events can have on the ground. 

You will then move on to discuss procurement, a key aspect of the provision of goods and services for events: 

  • What processes should there be to ensure that the goods and services the event buys in are as environmentally friendly as possible? 
  • What should event organisers be thinking about and what should assessors be looking for? 

 

You then focus on some specific operational issues and continue to look at these in week two.  

Throughout the course you will identify the key issues and problems facing event organisers, the solutions being developed to address them, and the legal requirements they need to adhere to.  

You will become familiar with examples of good practice and the latest innovations that are currently under development. They will help you to know what to look for at any event you assess. 

During week one you will consider: 

  • Legal & Policy Framework for Events and the Environment 
  • Local Direct Impacts – The Environment and the Local Community 
  • Travel and Transport 
  • Procurement.  

During week two you will cover the remaining operational issues: 

  • Power 
  • Solid Waste and Recycling 
  • Water Use – Waste Water and Sewage 
  • Communication and Behaviour. 

All change: the impact of the 2020 lockdown on the sustainability of the event industry

Whilst it’s clear that Covid 19 has had an immediate and damaging impact on the event industry’s economic sustainability the lockdown has conversely had a positive impact on the environment.

The next A Greener Festival Assessor Training will include a special webinar devoted to assessing the implications of the pandemic for the environmental and social as well as economic sustainability of the event industry.

How you'll learn

With Falmouth Flexible, you access your course content, interactions with other students and tutors, and learning resources, through Canvas, an easy-to-use online platform.  

You can access the course wherever you are in the world, and you can stop, pause and rewind lectures whenever you want.  

Study is entirely online with learning supported by the use of real event case-studies.​ 

 

Learning activities

There will be guided learning activities consisting of: 

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts 
  • Small group and class discussions to facilitate interaction and dialogue 
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors 
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course 
  • Independent study 
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback​ 

 

Assessment

The assessment is taken and submitted online at the end of the course and takes the form of multiple choice questions.  

 

Student support

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by a student advisor. Their job is to answer any non-academic queries you may have, and they can be contacted via email, phone, text or WhatsApp.  

"I really enjoyed this engaging and thought provoking course and am looking forward to the next steps in my journey to become an AGF Assessor."

Previous student, A Greener Festival Assessor Training

"I would highly recommend the assessor training to anybody who is keen to develop their knowledge of environmental best practice for festivals and large events. The information is delivered clearly with plenty of support available from tutors. The opportunity to hear opinions and discuss ideas with peers via the online forum is invaluable."

Former student, A Greener Festival Assessor Training

Video intro to the course

Meet the course team and find out more about the A Greener Festival Assessor training:

Watch our A Greener Festival videos

 

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How to apply

Before you apply 

Before you submit your application, please contact one of our course advisors so they can guide you through the process and ensure you submit the best application possible for entry into the course. 

Email us at agfadmissions@falmouth.ac.uk. 

Application steps 

Apply online using the application form at the bottom of this page.

 

Late applications may be considered if places are available. 

For free advice, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors at agfadmissions@falmouth.ac.uk

A Greener Festival Assessor Training Terms & Conditions

All Environmental Assessors for A Greener Festival (AGF) need to complete a formal training programme at least once every three years so they can fully participate in evaluating festivals that take part in the A Greener Festival Award scheme and The Greener Event Award scheme. 

The opportunity to complete an assessment is dependent upon the quantity and location of events applying for the Awards scheme in any twelve (12) month period. These numbers can vary and every attempt is made to match a festival or event with a suitable Assessor. This is often decided by the location of the event and that of the Assessor in order to minimise travel emissions and costs. 

The training is valid for the A Greener Festival Awards Scheme for 3 years from the date you complete this course. Whilst you are welcome to take the training again before this time, you do not have to. However, after 3 years you will need to renew your training with A Greener Festival if you wish to continue as an Assessor. 

Please read the full Terms & Conditions

Fees & funding

Fees

Total course fee

£495

You will be required to pay in full once you have received your offer letter and this will contain full instructions on how to make the payment.  

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Funding

Funding options 

Multiple booking discount

For organisations wishing to book training places for multiple suitable employees, we have the following discounts available:

  • A booking for 2-5 places will receive a 5% discount on the total cost
  • A booking for 6+ places will receive a 10% discount on the total cost

Please email agfadmissions@falmouth.ac.uk if you would like to apply for this discount.

Terms and conditions

The discount applies to the confirmed number of students. In the event that a student cannot attend, the space would need to be filled to qualify for the discount. The person filling the space would need to complete an application form and be made an offer to study on the course.

If you have any questions, you can call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

 

Total course fee

£495

You will be required to pay in full once you have received your offer letter and this will contain full instructions on how to make the payment.  

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Funding options 

Multiple booking discount

For organisations wishing to book training places for multiple suitable employees, we have the following discounts available:

  • A booking for 2-5 places will receive a 5% discount on the total cost
  • A booking for 6+ places will receive a 10% discount on the total cost

Please email agfadmissions@falmouth.ac.uk if you would like to apply for this discount.

Terms and conditions

The discount applies to the confirmed number of students. In the event that a student cannot attend, the space would need to be filled to qualify for the discount. The person filling the space would need to complete an application form and be made an offer to study on the course.

If you have any questions, you can call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

 

Hear from the A Greener Festival Director

Why study this course?

A Greener Festival Director Teresa Moore talks about the A Greener Festival Assessor Training course in our video.

 

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme, our experienced course advisors are here to help.

You can call our friendly and knowledgeable team on +44 1223 447713. 

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