Course Description

Learn the theory and practical application of the principles of environmental site assessment (Phase I and Phase II). Explore a variety of techniques used to assess environmental impacts relating to site disturbance, contamination, and other stressors. The collection of data to achieve a specific purpose and methods for ensuring data quality are emphasized. Data interpretation and factors affecting data reliability are covered in detail, along with the correct use of sampling equipment. Other topics include: environmental management measures, including risk assessment, due diligence and regulatory methods. Case studies and in-class simulations make the course principles come alive.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and benefits of the phased approach to environmental site assessment
  • Explain how the scientific method applies to environmental site assessment
  • Identify the primary methods used to collect information in environmental site assessment and define their appropriate application
  • Select an appropriate sampling method and design a basic sampling program
  • Design a program to maximize the quality of collected environmental information and be able to identify and apply techniques to minimize sources of error
  • Show how due diligence in property transactions is established through environmental site assessment, through an understanding of the regulatory and legal framework.


It is recommended that students take this course towards the end of their program.  Basic understanding of science and math (high school level) is recommended.


Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Jan 21, 2020 to Mar 31, 2020
8:30AM to 4:30PM
Feb 01, 2020
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $630.00
Reading List / Textbook
Please go on line to http://dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca to access "The Inspector's Field Sampling Manual" 2nd edition 2005 online. You will need this for the course. There is no textbook to purchase for this course
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Note: A Saturday computer lab workshop at the Downtown Campus will be held on Saturday February 1, 2020 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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