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CSARM Module F: Remediation Principles and Closure

$ 1,900.00


23 October


Mixed (online and in-person)


2.5 days


Pre-readings + 2.5 days

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Dr Sophie Wood

Dr Sophie Wood
CSARM Program Director

Sophie is a former NSW EPA and QLD accredited Site Auditor and is still a Certified Environmental Practitioner (Site Contamination Specialist) under the EIANZ scheme. She has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences, Geology (BA) from University of Cambridge, UK and a PhD (in geochemistry) from the University of Leeds, UK. With over 30 years’ experience in contaminated land and waste management consulting, Sophie has specialised in risk assessment for much of this time.

Prior to joining UTS in 2022, Sophie was a partner with ERM for 13 years. She was the lead author in the 2013 NEPM Schedules B4 (Site-specific risk Assessment) and B7 (Health-based Investigation Levels) and has worked on many major contaminated site projects including the Barangaroo site gasworks remediation, the remediation of the gasworks beneath the new Sydney Metro station at Central Station and for Western Sydney Airport. She is passionate about high quality teaching and learning and loves working with students to help them get the maximum benefit from their studies.

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Consolidate your contaminated site assessment and remediation and management (CSARM) learning with this CSARM short course, Module F, which is focused on site remediation practices and reporting.

About this course

In this CSARM Module F short course on offer from UTS Open, you’ll work under the guidance of regulators, expert CSARM practitioners, site auditors and academic experts to explore the essential components of remediation practices, as well as the role of stakeholders in effective CSARM practice. Course content covers:

  • The role of environmental consultants and site auditors in CSARM
  • Current sustainable remediation practices
  • Effective soil, soil vapour and groundwater remediation practices
  • Legal requirements for remediation reporting
  • The importance of defensible, clear and unambiguous reporting
  • The role of environmental consultants and site auditors in CSARM
  • Current sustainable remediation practices
  • Effective soil, soil vapour and groundwater remediation practices
  • Legal requirements for remediation reporting
  • The importance of defensible, clear and unambiguous reporting.


This course is categorised as a short course on UTS Open however it meets the National Microcredentials Framework definition of a microcredential. Within the UTS Open site, we use a narrower definition of microcredentials as courses that align with subjects that form part of University of Technology Sydney award course structures. UTS Open short courses do not usually earn potential credit toward future postgraduate study, however there may be exceptions.

Key benefits of this course

In addition to building theoretical and practical CSARM expertise, this course will prepare you to:

  • Upskill or re-skill in this multidisciplinary field
  • Immerse yourself in the latest CSARM developments
  • Network with experts and other participants
  • Apply theory to practice during workshops and discussions.

Satisfactory completion of this course:

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.


Full price: $1,900 (GST-free)*

Early bird price: $1,750 (GST-free)* this early bird price is available until 9 October 2024 (AEDT). Please use the voucher code 2024EARLYBIRD%BF at checkout to receive your early bird discount. 

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Payment on invoice requests must be paid in full and reconciled by our Finance team before you can access your online course materials. Please make sure your invoice payments reference the UTS Open invoice number. You can also forward remittance advice to

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This is an intensive course for which you will need to do some preparation prior to attending. The course will be delivered at UTS City campus, with a simultaneous presentation via Zoom for online participants.

There will be recommended reading lists and occasional preliminary exercises that you will need to complete before the live lecture sessions – this material will be uploaded on the teaching and learning platform, Canvas, to which you will be given access on registration. The materials on this platform will be available for you two weeks prior to the start of the sessions so that you will have enough time to prepare. All presenters assume that you have completed this preparation.

Additional information:

  • You will gain access to the lecture material (slide decks) shortly before the live lectures start
  • During each day of the course there will normally be 4 x 90-minute presentations, with different experts presenting each session
  • Between the lectures there will be tea and lunch breaks, with the course fully catered
  • The lecture presentations are designed to be interactive; questions from you are welcomed by the presenters as they provide the opportunity for the group to exchange experiences and discuss related issues
  • All of our presenters use recent case studies to illustrate the concepts they present; generally, real-life problems are workshopped in small groups so that you can apply the concepts yourself
  • Through the preliminary readings and live lectures, workshops and group discussions you will gain the understanding of how the remediation and closure processes work in real-life situations.

Specifically, the course will cover the following content:

  • How to apply current regulatory and legal requirement in carrying out remediation projects in CSARM
  • Current remediation practices applicable in a range of scenarios, as demonstrated by numerous case studies
  • The framework for Remedial Action Plans (RAPs), validation plans and environmental management plans (EMPs)
  • Updates on sustainable remediation practices
  • Remediation methods applicable for contaminants in soils, vapours and groundwaters
  • Risk assessment approaches of relevance to remediation processes
  • Preparation of legally defensible reports
  • Elements of successful stakeholder consultation.

Course delivery

The course will be delivered via lectures, workshops and panel discussions, and a fieldtrip giving you the opportunity to share your experiences with presenters and other participants.

Course learning objectives

By the completion of this course you should have:

  • Updated knowledge of the current remediation practices
  • Understanding of the technical basis and applicability of some common and developing remediation technologies
  • The ability to distinguish remediation approaches for different types of contaminant
  • An appreciation of the importance of legally defensible reporting skills and clear writing
  • Knowledge of the latest sustainable remediation practices.


Online participants will require:

  • A personal computer with a web browser compatible with CanvasZoom and Microsoft Teams
  • Adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. 

On-campus participants will require:

  • A personal computer with a web browser compatible with Canvas
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for the fieldtrip.

On-campus and onsite course logistics

Catering provisions and dietary requirements

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided for the duration of this course. If you have any dietary requirements please contact


If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please contact   

Transport and parking options

A map to the course location in the Faculty of Science will be provided on registration.  It is recommended to use public transport, walking or cycling.  On site parking is not available. Paid carparks are located nearby.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 8% discount for online only attendance
  • 10% discount for members of approved professional associations (eg ACLCA, EIANZ, Engineers Australia, Soils Science Australia, status to be approved by Course Coordinator)
  • 13% discount for enrolment into two or more modules at the same time, or enrol two or more people from the same organisation.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

About the CSARM series

This course is one of five modules in the CSARM (Contaminated Site Assessment Remediation and Management) series.

Each course is a stand-alone module and does not necessarily require completion of other modules.

Courses can be studied in any order, regardless of the sequence in which they are presented over the year.

Contact us

  • For any questions on enrolment or payment, please email 
  • For any questions about course content, delivery or progression, please contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Sophie Wood at or on 0423 294 800.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at current and aspiring CSARM and related professionals, including:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Environmental engineers
  • Managers
  • Consultants
  • Local government officers
  • Anyone seeking certification as a consultant or site auditor
  • Anyone seeking a career change into CSARM or related professions.  

Book a session

Wed 23 Oct 2024-
Fri 25 Oct 2024
Expert: Dr Sophie Wood
  • Participants will need to spend approximately 10-15 hours of self-directed online learning prior to commencing the course.
  • Mixed (online and in-person)
  • 3 sessions, 22 hours total

Enrolments will close on Monday 21 October 2024, 11.59pm AEDT, or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. Note that invoices must be paid in full and reconciled by our Finance team before you can access your online course materials.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.