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This is a sample agenda for a multi-jurisdiction course we offered in Washington State. When the same course was offered in Florida, it was approved for Continuing Education Unit credits (CEUs) by the Florida Division of Law Enforcement. If you so desire, we can work with you in advance of the course to apply for CEU credits from whatever agency is appropriate.

Community Noise Enforcement Certification Course
(Sample Agenda)

Washington State Association of Code Enforcement
Seattle, Washington
February – 20XX

Day 1

The Fundamentals of Sound

  1. Intensity
    1. Units of Measurement and Reporting
    2. Sound Level Meter Calculations of Sound Pressure Levels
    3. Range of Human Hearing
  2. Frequency
    1. Units of Measurement and Reporting
    2. Range of Human Hearing
    3. Most Annoying Frequencies
    4. Relative Response to Frequencies, and Weighting Systems
  3. Operation of Sound Level Meters
    (Specific to Sound Level Meters of the following jurisdictions:
    Seattle, Tacoma, Snohomish County, Olympia and Everett)
  4. Field Calibration
    1. Timing
    2. Manufacturer's Requirements
  5. Proper Technique
    1. Use of Meter
    2. Acceptable Weather Conditions
    3. Parameters for Valid Readings
    4. Measuring and Recording
  6. Field Exercise to Familiarize Students with Use of Sound Level Meter
  7. Measurement of Neighborhood Residual Sound Levels
    1. Neighborhood Residual vs. Extraneous Noise
    2. Strategies for Measurement of Background in Various Situations

Day 2

  1. The Mathematics of Sound Level Measurement
    1. Determination of Optimal Measurement Time Intervals
    2. Impact of Interval Choice on Final Calculated Levels
    3. Calculation of Source Sound Level from Measured Total and Neighborhood Residual Sound Levels
    4. Meter/Reader Tolerances
  2. Field Exercise
    1. Isolating Source Sound from Neighborhood Residual Sound
  3. Performance and Nuisance Codes in the Following Jurisdictions: Seattle, Tacoma, Snohomish County, Olympia and Everett
    1. Review of Definitions
    2. Word-by-Word Review of Codes
    3. Specific Notation of Reporting Requirements Generated by Codes
    4. Areas of Potential Courtroom Challenge
  4. Enforcement Options
    1. Performance Violation vs. Nuisance Violation
    2. Fine vs. Consent Order
    3. The Art of the Bluff
  5. Noise Measurement Report Form
    1. Line-by-Line Review of Proper Completion
  6. Field Exercises
  7. Development of a Solid Court Case (includes some review)
    1. Meter/Calibrator
    2. Reader Certification
    3. Code Requirements
    4. Procedure

Day 3

  1. Review of Mathematics of Sound
  2. Field Exercises
  3. Video Presentation: "Sound and Fury"
  4. Physical and Psychological Impacts of Noise Exposure
    1. Non-Auditory Impacts
    2. Psychological Impacts
    3. Strategies for Managing Agitated Complainants
  5. Hearing, Hearing Loss
    1. Physiology of Hearing
    2. Mechanics of Hearing
    3. Impacts of Noise Exposure (Hearing Loss: Conductive / Sensory-Neural)
  6. Practical Field Exam
  7. Written Exam