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CSARM Modules C and D: Assessment of Contaminants of Concern



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Investigate the characteristics of contaminants of concern in the context of site assessment, remediation and management with this short course. You’ll learn how contaminants migrate in the environment, and the essential properties of soil and groundwater that control contaminant fate and transport. Explore the essentials of contaminant toxicology and learn how risk assessment approaches can be used to gain a deeper understanding of the effects on human and ecological health.

About this course

In this CSARM Module C/D short course on offer through UTS Open, you’ll work under the guidance of expert CSARM practitioners and academic specialists to understand contaminants of concern (COCs) commonly found in contaminated sites and their potential risk of harm to humans and the environment. Course content covers:

  • The regulatory drivers for investigating contamination
  • The properties, persistence, toxicity and transformations of major groups of COCs
  • Human health and environmental toxicology in the context of site assessment and remediation
  • Risk assessment approaches to COCs
  • The impact of COC chemistry and media factors on reliability of analytical methods and sampling procedures.

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

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Full price: $2,200 (GST-free)*

Early bird price: $2,000 (GST-free)* this early bird price is available until 8 May 2024 (AEST). Please use the voucher code 2024EARLYBIRD%ACDE 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 is presented at UTS City campus, with simultaneous presentation via Zoom for online participants.
  • For on-campus participants, there is a fieldtrip lasting approximately 4 hours.
  • 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.
  • You will also gain access to the lecture material (slide decks) shortly before the live lectures start.
  • During each day of the course there will normally be four 90-minute presentations, with different experts presenting each session.
  • Between the lectures there will be tea and lunch breaks. The course is 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 regulatory framework is applied in real-life situations.

Specifically, you will learn about:

  • The regulatory drivers that require investigation of contamination in site assessment
  • Major groups of COCs, their interaction with a range of media, persistence and transformations in soils, groundwaters and sediments
  • Current progress in our understanding about emerging COCs
  • Elements of human and ecological toxicology that underpin the risk assessment process
  • The importance of correct interpretation of the results of environmental and toxicological analyses
  • Sampling quality issues that affect effective site assessment and evaluation of results.

Course delivery

The course is 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 completing this module, you will appreciate:

  • The common groups of COCs in contaminated sites, including emerging contaminants
  • The essentials of contaminant fate and transport
  • The role of toxicology in risk assessment
  • Quality issues of sampling and analyses of COCs.


Online participants will need:

  • 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 need:

  • 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:

  • 12% 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.

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.