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CSARM module a: ground rules for contaminated sites

This module will focus on the importance of the multi-disciplinary basis of CSARM (contaminated site assessment and remediation) and the regulatory framework that underpins it. Learn the variety of scientific and technical approaches used and the different roles and responsibilities of professionals who contribute to the decision-making process.

About this course

The presenters in this module are experts in the field of CSARM. Your teaching team will include: regulators from NSW EPA, environmental lawyer, academic specialist, contaminated site auditors and other professionals in allied disciplines.

Each will contribute up-to-date information to the overall theme of regulation, professional responsibilities and new approaches in CSARM by sharing their own experiences and expertise.

You can expect to gain new skills and up-to-date information on the topics such as:

  • current laws and regulations and expected updates on guidelines;
  • reliable methods of assessment and remediation;
  • legal cases of relevance to demonstrate legal responsibilities of practitioners;
  • importance of defensible reporting;
  • why emerging contaminants are of concern;
  • how diverse groups of professionals work together on projects and career pathways.


You will experience these through class / panel discussions, workshops and also by sharing your own experiences.

Course structure

Approximately two weeks before the module begins you will be able to access the online teaching platform, Canvas, to obtain details of any essential preliminary readings. As the module progresses, other resource materials including the lectures will also become available there, as will the post-module optional assignment.

Your pre-module readings will familiarise you with legislative and regulatory framework that underpin CSARM and relevant case studies. This preparation will allow you to fully participate and contribute to discussions during the presentations of the module. You may be asked to undertake a short online quiz prior to the start of the module.

On your first day of attendance you will be provided with a manual of lectures for the whole of the module. At the end of each day the PowerPoint presentations will be uploaded online. Normally there are 4 sessions of 1.5 hours per day, usually with different presenters for each session. The sessions are designed to be interactive so you will have the opportunity to ask questions as issues arise. Presenters can be contacted after the module by email should you have further questions on their topic.

In your lectures, workshops and panel discussions you will appreciate how the regulatory framework is applied in real work situations. You will learn about:

  • advance information about changes to guidelines and regulation;
  • new developments and current trends in assessment (including risk assessment), remediation and management;
  • how to conduct CSARM responsibly and thus avoid legal pitfalls;
  • emerging contaminants of concern and their impact on working on contaminated sites;
  • what is expected in the roles, responsibilities and career paths of the various groups of professionals working in CSARM – site auditors, consultants, local government officers, regulators.


Workshops and panel case study discussions with practitioners will demonstrate to you the importance of defensible reporting and the expected competencies of professionals in this field.

You can complete optional post-module assignment (no fee) based on the topics covered in the module. This will be eligible for recognition of prior knowledge elective credit for a 3-credit point subject in some MSc coursework degrees.

Learning outcomes 

  • Updates on current regulation
  • Reporting requirements for CSARM professionals
  • Land use as the driving force in CSARM
  • Understanding of current practices through case studies
  • Access to experts and networking opportunities
  • New skills and/or updating your current ones
  • Credit towards continuing professional development.


Additional Information

There may be an online quiz before the start of the module to test your knowledge of pre-module readings.

On completion of the module, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. There is also an optional post-module assignment based on the topics covered in the module, and if you complete this, you will gain a Certificate of Completion.



  • Early bird discount to 31 January 2020: $1600
  • Group discount (more than one participant from an organisation): $1530
  • Multiple Module Discount: $1530
  • UTS Alumni or a member of approved professional association (eg AGLA, ACLCA, EIANZ, Engineers Australia, Soils Science Australia, status to be approved by Alex Pulkownik): $1530
  • To request for any of the above discounts, please email to receive a discount code. 

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for:

  • a professional already working in the contaminated site area, such as environmental scientist, engineer, a manager, a consultant, or a local government office;
  • someone who aspires to gain certification as a consultant or a site auditor as part of your career development, or just get to the higher step in your workplace;
  • a professional working in an allied area to contaminated sites, such as in local or federal government, or even in an entirely unrelated area, wishing to change your career direction to CSARM


By doing this course you will be immersed in the latest developments in CSARM and will be able to acquire new skills and/or upgrade your current ones.

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