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Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center     

Recertification Course

This course is offered every quarter in New Jersey. Recertification every 24 months is required by the New Jersey Noise Code (at N.J.A.C. 7:29-2.11). Many jurisdictions outside of New Jersey adhere to this practice as well, even though it may not be required by their code. Officers who are not regularly engaged in noise enforcement do well to have a refresher.



The Fundamentals of Sound
     Brief Review

          Units of Measurement and Reporting
          Sound Level Meter Calculations of Sound Pressure Levels
          Range of Human Hearing

          Units of Measurement and Reporting
          Range of Human Hearing
          Most Annoying Frequencies
          Relative Response to Frequencies, and Weighting Systems

Operation of Sound Level Meter(s)
          Field Calibration
          Manufacturer's Requirements

     Proper Technique
          Use of Meter
     Acceptable Weather Conditions
          Parameters for Valid Readings
          Measuring and Recording
Measurement of Neighborhood Residual Sound Levels

     Neighborhood Residual vs. Extraneous Noise
     Strategies for Measurement of Background in Various Situations

The Mathematics of Sound Level Measurement

     Determination of Optimal  Measurement Time Intervals
          Impact of Interval Choice on Final Calculated Levels

     Calculation of  Source Sound Level  from  Measured Total  and Neighborhood Residual Sound Levels

     Meter/Reader Tolerances

Noise Measurement Report Form
     Line-by-Line Review of Proper Completion

New Jersey Codes

     New Jersey Administrative Code - Title 7, Chapter 29,  Subchapter 1 - Noise Control

     ("NJAC 7:29")       
     NJAC 7:29 Subchapter 2 - Procedures for the Determination of Noise from Stationary Sources      
          Review of Definitions
          Word-by-Word Review of Codes
          Specific Notation of Reporting Requirements Generated by Codes
          Areas of Potential Courtroom Challenge
          Readoption with Amendments - August 6, 2007
               Review Changes: Definitions, Exceptions, Enforcement

     Model Ordinance for the State of New Jersey
          Major Departures from NJAC 7:29

     N.J.A.C. 7:29-1.7
          Fines, injunctive relief, major vs. minor violations
     Grace Period (CEHA agencies and their subcontractors.)
     Performance Violation vs.  Nuisance Violation
     Talking to the Facility Manager - or- The Art of the Bluff, and the Satisfied Complainant
     Consent Orders

NJDEP Guideline to Conduct a Noise Control Program for Municipalities and CEHA Agencies.

Practical Field Exam

Written Exam