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CSARM Module E: Risk-based Site Assessment - UTS Open
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CSARM Module E: Risk-based Site Assessment



27 September


Mixed (online and in-person)


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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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 environmental media quality
  • The realities of risk-based assessment in CSARM contexts.

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.

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: $2,000 (GST-free)*

Early bird price: $1,800 (GST-free)* valid until 6 September 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

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.  You will need to bring suitable clothing and footwear and drinking water.  Safety equipment is not required (you will be provided with any safety clothing that is necessary).  Further information will be provided on registration. 
  • 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 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 basis and application of risk assessment methodology in developing quality guidelines for environmental media (soil, waters, soil vapour, 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, 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 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.


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.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for UTS alumni is GU8njunv
  • 10% discount for UTS staff is RMAo8QDB
  • 10% discount for online only atttendance is ESK8sYpP
  • 10% discount for members of approved professional associations (eg ACLCA, EIANZ, Engineers Australia, Soils Science Australia, status to be approved by Course Coordinator) is zouWy22P
  • 10% discount for multiple modules (enrol in 2 modules and booked at the same time) is UbjHC9WR
  • 10% discount for group enrolments (2 participants from the same organisation booked at the same time) is z5bZQVUX
  • 15% discount for group enrolments (3 or more participants from the same organisation booked at the same time) is aqk4Vz8S
  • 15% discount for multiple modules (enrol in 3 or more modules booked at the same time) is 9pgsjhiH

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

  • For professional discounts please provide your professional association number
  • For UTS Alumni - please ensure you have provided your UTS student number at the time of checkout.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email support@open.uts.edu.au 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 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 support@open.uts.edu.au 
  • For any questions about course content, delivery or progression, please contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Sophie Wood at sophieann.wood@uts.edu.au 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.  


Book a session

Wed 27 Sep 2023 -
Fri 29 Sep 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.
  • Mixed (online and in-person)
  • 3 sessions, 25 hours total

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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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.