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CSARM Module E: Risk-based Site Assessment (online)

Risk-based approach to evaluation of impact of contaminants is integral to the contaminated site assessment remediation and management (CSARM) process, as well as to the development of regulatory and other guidelines. In this CSARM short course, examine the current principles, applications and realities of various risk assessment methods as applied to contaminated site assessment and remediation.

About this course

In this CSARM Module E short course on offer through UTS Open, you’ll work under the guidance of expert CSARM practitioners and risk assessment experts to explore the principles of risk assessment when working at contaminated sites. Course content covers:

  • Principles of risk assessment methodology in CSARM work
  • Principles and applications of ecological risk assessment methods
  • Principles and applications of human health risk assessment methods
  • The importance of risk assessment approach in developing regulatory guidelines
  • Development and application of new guidelines for media quality
  • The realities of risk-based assessment in CSARM contexts.

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 Science coursework degree.


Full price: $1,760 (GST-free)*

*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 online session on Zoom.
  • There will be essential 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 to be presented shortly before the live lectures start.
  • During each day of the 2.5 day Zoom live lecture 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 as well as short social mixers in small groups which will allow you to get to know other participants and to network.
  • The lecture presentations are designed to be interactive, so that you can put your questions on the Chat function on Zoom and the presenters will be able to answer them in the context of the lectures. 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 the importance of risk-assessment approach in contaminated site assessments and remediation through the theoretical and real-life case studies.

Specifically, you will learn about:

  • The concepts and terminology of the discipline of risk assessment
  • The distinction between human health and ecological risk assessments and their inter-relationship
  • The application of risk-based assessment guidelines as presented in NEPM documentation and calculation of risk of harm
  • The basis and application of risk assessment methodology in developing quality guidelines for environmental media (soil, waters, sediments)
  • Weight-of-evidence approach in the evaluation of risk of harm
  • The realities of applying risk assessment approach to real life examples of contaminated site assessments and remediation
  • The importance of appropriate communication of human health risk assessment outcomes to stakeholders and non-experts
  • Relevant case studies as presented by expert site auditors.

On completion of the module, 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 module you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Course delivery

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

Course learning objectives

By completing this module, you will gain a greater understanding of the:

  • Use of risk assessment and media quality guidelines in CSARM
  • Methodologies for human health and ecological risk assessment
  • Calculation of risk of harm for human health
  • Weight-of-evidence approach in assessing contaminant risk.



To complete this online course, you will need:

  • 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 CanvasZoom and Microsoft Teams.


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


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 13% discount for UTS alumni
  • 13% discount for a registrant enrolling in multiple modules 
  • 13% 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 group enrolments (more than one participant 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

  • If you are eligible for any of the external discounts, 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.  




07 September




2.5 days

Book a session

Wed 07 Sep 2022 -
Fri 09 Sep 2022
  • 7-9 September 2022
  • Online
  • 3 sessions, 21 hours total

Note: There will be at least six (6) different presenters each day.

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