Exterior Lighting Design - Advanced Certificate

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
Level:Working at educational Level 5
CPD Hours:22.5 Hours

The Lighting Industry Academy also offers the Advanced Certificate Course in Interior 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.

The Lighting Industry Academy is in the process of developing two more new Advanced Courses to be launched later in 2018.
VIDEO: Course overview by tutor Bob Bohannon


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:


For individual delegates:

Member:£850 + VAT
Non-Member:£1,050 + VAT

For a closed company course:

Closed company courses are a more effective way to train your staff together for a cost-effective and flexible solution for your business.

The course contents for a closed course can be tailored to relate directly to the specifics of an organisation’s requirements following a conversation with the trainer.

Please contact the Academy for more details and a personalised quote for this course.


29th June - 2nd July 2020Online Session
10th - 13th August 2020The LIA, Telford
12th -15th October 2020Marriott Hotel, Slough
7th - 10th December 2020The LIA, Telford

For the full range of courses at the Academy and their upcoming dates, please check out the Latest Course Schedule.


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Lighting Industry Academy

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.

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