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The fully redeveloped Advanced Certificate course in Exterior Lighting provides learners with the vital, well informed next step in advancing their knowledge and education for a career in lighting.

The Advanced Certificate course fulfils the learner’s desire and need to know more and provides the crucial stepping stone for progressing their careers in lighting, be it in product development, sales or application and design.

The course is delivered by respected, highly qualified, well-known industry experts, all with University Recognised Teacher Status.

To reinforce and support the learning, completely new, up-to-date and comprehensive course textbooks have been written to capture and convey this wealth of experience.


Teaching Location: Telford and South of England
Teaching Institution: The Lighting Industry Academy
Duration: 3.5 days + 12 week period for project completion
Delivery: Continuous days of classroom learning
Intakes: Once a month at specified dates


CPD Hours:

Member cost:

Non Member cost:

Working at educational Level 5

22.5 Hours

£850 + VAT

£1050 + VAT


The Lighting Industry Academy also offers the Advanced Certificate Course in Exterior Lighting. The two advanced certificate courses are fully aligned with each other so that students taking them both will fully benefit from the course materials.



Aimed at experienced lighting professionals looking to further their skills and lighting knowledge or wanting to take their learning to the next level after completing the Lighting Industry Academy’s Certificate course.

The Advanced course offers those with a career in lighting to develop a much deeper understanding of light, vision and design to deliver professional schemes.  For those seeking a strategic advantage over their competitors, the course gives an in-depth understanding to apply the latest knowledge and thought processes.

The course offers the highest available level in vocational lighting training, working at Educational Level 5.


This course consists of three days of learning, a half day design briefing and the requirement to complete the interior lighting project over a twelve week period.


Students have the opportunity to uniquely explore the complete journey from the art of lighting, through the science and practicalities to the successful specification. The student will start with light and perception, move on to the design process, engage with lamps, luminaires, controls, CAD, and computer modelling and finally the use of codes and the production of specifications and drawings.

  • > A design focused approach based on understanding the human factors of perception, recognition and orientation
  • > Understanding the natural world and using this with predictive laws to improve your outdoor designs
  • > Forms and functions of exterior lighting including sources, optics, maintenance and controls
  • > Floodlighting for large areas and sports
  • > Lighting architecture, facades and heritage buildings
  • > Working with, convincing and specifying for the design team
  • > Identifying the users and their needs
  • > Handling large Infrastructure size projects, for example, Rail or Air Termini
  • > Energy & Sustainability, environmental impacts and light nuisance
  • > Using Master planning to give lighting a place in the city
  • > Design stages, guidance, schedules, risk, contracts and finance
  • > The science of light in the exterior night time environment
  • > Computer software renders and measuring your installation


This course consists of three days of learning, a half day design briefing and the requirement to complete the exterior lighting project over a twelve week period.


Coursework and a major set project for the student to complete at the end.
Post-course all students will be provided with marked feedback.


Further develop your knowledge and career in lighting by studying for the highest qualification offered by the Academy at Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC and HND) in Lighting Design and Technology (offered in partnership with the University of South Wales), upon completion of which the students will have the option to convert it to BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology degree at University of South Wales.

Learners may also want to improve their knowledge of a specific topic of lighting by enrolling on to the courses in one of the following subject areas:

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Bob Bohannon

Topics covered - Advanced Certificate in Exterior Lighting

Bob started his career in lighting in the late 1980s with an LIA course. Since then, after gaining an MSc in Architecture Light and Lighting from UCL, he’s gained thirty years’ experience designing and delivering lighting schemes ranging from a local Church up to the scale of London's Royal Albert Hall. Bob has worked both in independent lighting design practices and up to CEO level at a German manufacturer, thus he combines lighting, consultancy, technical, product development, project management and corporate skills. These skills, together with the teams around him helped deliver many major projects including: Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower; Atlantis the Palm Hotel in Dubai; Heathrow’s Terminals 2,4 & 5; and major stations including London Paddington, St Pancras and the new western concourse at London's Kings Cross

A strong believer in both Environmental and Corporate Social responsibility, he is committed to reducing the environmental impact of his activities for the sake of generations to follow. He is a leading member of the UK lighting community and his work through the Society of Light & Lighting (he became a Vice President in 2016) and increasingly the Academy Team at the Lighting Industry Association allows him to further his mission to deliver good lighting to the widest possible user base.


The Lighting Industry Academy is a professional learning institution committed to fulfilling all the educational needs of the lighting community. It brings together specialist lighting courses run by the Academy as well as other leading lighting organisations. The courses are delivered by highly skilled, professional trainers with many years of experience. The Academy provides class-based learning at a new dedicated campus in Telford as well as a variety of other locations throughout the UK. 

The LIA has a number of rates with various local hotels.


Telford Golf and Spa Resort
£80 Bed & Breakfast
Please quote LIA at time of booking

Park Inn Telford
£75 Bed & Breakfast 
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel
£69 Bed & Breakfast

Holiday Inn Telford
£90 Bed & Breakfast
£65 for Sunday evening stays only
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

Ramada Hotel Telford
£79 Bed & Breakfast
£65 for Sunday evening stays only
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

International Hotel Telford
£69 Bed & Breakfast
£65 for Sunday evening stays only
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking


Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel 
£125 Bed & Breakfast
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

Cancellation Terms 
If you are using one of the recommended hotels and the course should be cancelled by the LIA, we will cover the costs. Should you cancel the course yourself, hotel cancellation terms will apply. Please note: The LIA cannot cover hotel costs if you choose to book with a hotel not listed above.