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CSARM Module A: Ground Rules for Contaminated Sites

Explore the fundamentals of contaminated site assessment and remediation and management (CSARM) with this practical short course. From legal and regulatory issues to the environmental impacts of emerging contaminants, this course will prepare you to upskill or re-skill in this rapidly changing field.

About this course

This CSARM short course is the first in a series of five modules on offer through UTS Open. In Module A, you’ll work under the guidance of expert CSARM practitioners and regulators to explore the legal, regulatory and professional elements of contemporary site assessment and remediation.  Course content covers:

  • History of contaminated land
  • Current CSARM laws and regulation
  • Updates on new and planned guidelines
  • Reliable methods of assessment and remediation
  • Updates on waste issues in contaminated sites
  • Legal cases of relevance
  • The importance of defensible reporting
  • Emerging contaminants of increasing concern
  • How participating in multidisciplinary CSARM projects can advance your career prospects.

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.

Attendance of this course:

Satisfactory completion of the optional post-module assignment:

  • Provides a UTS Certificate of Completion
  • May qualify for recognition of prior learning should you subsequently successfully enrol in an eligible UTS Master of Sciencecoursework degree.


Full price: $2,000 (GST-free)*

Early bird price: $1,800 (GST-free)* valid until 16 February 2023

*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.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

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 onto 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 will assume that you have completed this preparation
  • You will also gain access to the lecture material (slide packs) shortly before the live lectures start
  • During each day of the course there will usually be 4 x 90-minute presentations, with different experts presenting each session. Between 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 development of contaminated land methodologies internationally and their evolution in Australia
  • Planned and recently introduced changes to guidelines and regulation, focussing primarily on NSW
  • The basics of contaminated site assessment and remediation practice, including risk assessment
  • New developments and current trends in site assessment
  • How to conduct CSARM responsibly and thus avoid legal pitfalls
  • The current emerging contaminants of concern and their impact on assessment and remediation of contaminated sites
  • The professional roles, responsibilities and career paths of the various groups of professionals working in CSARM – site auditors, consultants, local government officers, and regulators.

On completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Should you decide to complete to a satisfactory level the optional post-module assignment (no additional fee) based on the topics covered in the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

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 course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the practice of CSARM in Australia
  • Update your knowledge of the current relevant Acts and guidelines
  • Become familiar with the up-to-date assessment and remediation practices including the risk assessment approach
  • Appreciate the importance of defensible reporting skills
  • Understand the problems of dealing with emerging contaminants of concern.



To complete this online course, you will need:

  • A personal computer with a web browser compatible with Canvas
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for the fieldtrip
  • A personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing
  • An operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


  • In order to gain the Certificate of Attendance, participants need to attend all sessions.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for UTS alumni
  • 10% discount for UTS staff
  • 10% discount for online only atttendance
  • 10% discount for members of approved professional associations (eg ACLCA, EIANZ, Engineers Australia, Soils Science Australia, status to be approved by Course Coordinator)
  • 10% discount for multiple modules (enrol in 2 modules and booked at the same time)
  • 10% discount for group enrolments (2 participants from the same organisation booked at the same time)
  • 15% discount for group enrolments (3 or more participants from the same organisation booked at the same time)
  • 15% discount for multiple modules (enrol in 3 or more modules booked at the same time).

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

  • The discount code for online only attendance is h8pQLZPc
  • If you are eligible for any of the external discounts other than online only attendance, you will need to obtain prior approval from Course Coordinator, Dr Sophie Wood at, in order to receive a discount voucher code to use for registration
  • For professional discounts please provide your professional association number
  • For UTS Alumni - please contact the team at with your student number to obtain your discount voucher code.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • 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 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.    


01 March




3 days


Pre-readings + 3 days

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Lead Academic

Dr Sophie Wood

Dr Sophie Wood
CSARM Program Director

Sophie is a former NSW and QLD Site Auditor, and spent over 30 years in contaminated land and waste management consultancy. She spent the first 15 years of her career in the UK, investigating, risk assessing and remediating coal and steel industry sites, gas works, and chemical plants, designing landfill sites and preparing applications for waste management licences. In Australia Sophie was responsible for the draft Schedules B4 (Site Specific Risk Assessment) and B7 (Health Based Investigation Levels) of the National Environmental Protection (Assessment of Contaminated Sites) Measure.

Sophie also worked on the early stages of Western Sydney Airport Site Audit, Sydney Metro Central Station Site Audit, and Sydney Metro West. She directed the validation and waste classification works on the Barangaroo gas works remediation in Sydney. Sophie has also completed many projects involving PFAS assessment and management. She provided risk assessment services for the upstream oil and gas industry where chemical contamination is a potential issue.

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Wed 01 Mar 2023 -
Fri 03 Mar 2023
Expert: Dr Sophie Wood
  • Participants will need to spend approximately 10-15 hours of self-directed online learning prior to commencing the course. There is an optional assessment to complete following the course.
  • Hybrid
  • 3 sessions

For participants attending the course on campus, there is a field excursion from 1pm-5pm on the third day of the course. For online participants, the course finishes at 1pm on day 3.

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