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CSARM module e: risk-based site assessment

This module examines the environmental risk assessment methods and their application in contaminated sites evaluation, remediation and management. It considers the application of major guidelines for media quality in Australia and addresses the methodology of human health risk assessment that is the integral part of contaminated site assessment and management.

About this course

The presenters in this module are experts in the field of CSARM. Your teaching team will include: regulators from NSW EPA, specialist in risk assessment, contaminated site auditors and other professional 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:

  • principles and applications of risk assessment methodology;
  • ecological risk assessment with a workshop in applying EILs;
  • principles of human health risk assessment with a workshop in application;
  • updates on development and application of guidelines for media quality.

You will experience these through class / panel discussions, workshops, a site visit to an industrial site 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.

Learning outcomes

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

  • the terminology and concepts of risk assessment;
  • the distinction between human health and ecological risk assessments and their interrelationship;
  • the basis and application of risk assessment methodology in developing quality guidelines for environmental media (soil, waters, sediments);
  • weight of evidence approach in evaluation of risk of harm;
  • the realities of applying risk assessment evaluations in real life examples of contaminated site assessments;
  • relevant case studies of risk assessment.

Workshops on risk assessment practices in ecological and human health, a site visit and panel discussions with practitioners will demonstrate to you the essential application of risk assessment practices.

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 a3-credit point subject in some MSc coursework degrees.

  • Application of risk-based NEPM and media quality guidelines;
  • Human health and ecological risk assessment methodology in contaminated site investigations;
  • Calculation of risk of harm for human health;
  • 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.



CSARM module e: risk-based site assessment is fully catered with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. If you have any dietary requirements, please email



Full price: $1760 (GST free)

Discount codes are available for the following:

  • 9% discount off full price for early bird enrolments up until 19 August 2020: $1600
  • 13% discount off full price for group enrolments (more than one participant from an organisation)
  • 13% discount off full price for enrolling in multiple modules
  • 13% discount off full price for 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

If you are eligible for any of the discounts above, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up to this course.

Please email with your UTS alumni, professional assosciation number or provide details of your group enrolment. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

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.



02 September




3 days

Book a session

Wed 02 Sep 2020 -
Fri 04 Sep 2020

Catering is provided for this course. If you have any dietary requirements, please email

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