upcoming Queensland Contaminated Land Auditor Examination.

Please note the following information regarding the upcoming Queensland Contaminated Land Auditor Examination.

Where and when is the exam?

The exam will be held at the Digital Media Lab in the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane on Monday 11 October 2021. You must arrive by 7:45am to be briefed on the exam at 8:00am. The exam process should be completed by 11:30am. Further details will be provided to you after you register for the exam.

How to register for the exam?

You must register your interest in writing by close of business on 20 September 2021. Send your written correspondence to technicalsupport@des.qld.gov.au. Once you submit your expression of interest (or have already done so) you will receive confirmation of your registration.

If you register and subsequently are not intending to sit the exam, we ask that you also please advise the department.

Who should complete the exam?

You should complete the exam if you are seeking to become an auditor for the first time in Queensland and if you also meet the other requirements for approval to become an auditor. Module 2 of the Queensland auditor handbook for contaminated land provides more information about the requirements for becoming an auditor.

Who does not need to take the exam?

You do not need to take the exam if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • you have already passed an equivalent exam for contaminated land auditors in another state
  • you are eligible for mutual recognition as an auditor in Queensland due to being an approved auditor in another state
  • you are already an approved auditor in Queensland.

Do I need to submit an application (as per Module 2) to become an auditor before I take the exam?

No. The exam is the first step in the application process. If you receive a pass grade you will be invited to sit an interview and based on the outcome of the interview, you may be invited to submit your application to become an auditor using the approved form: Application for approval as an auditor for contaminated land. Module 2 and Module 3 of the Queensland auditor handbook for contaminated land provide more information about the interview. 

What is the format of the exam?

The exam will test your knowledge of the scientific, technical, legislative, and policy aspects of contaminated land auditing. The exam comprises questions divided into the following five sections:

  • Legislation and Policy
  • Data Evaluation
  • Exposure and Pathway Assessment
  • Human Toxicology and Ecotoxicology
  • Remediation and Site Management

Each of the sections of the exam has a minimum pass rate. You must pass every section to pass the exam as a whole i.e. failure to meet the minimum pass rate in any section of the exam will result in failure of the exam.

You will be required to provide a typed response to the exam on a supplied computer.

How long will the exam take?

A 15-minute briefing will precede the exam. You will then be given 15 minutes to read the exam questions prior to starting the three (3) hour formal exam period.

What to bring to the exam?

This is an open book exam, you may bring reference materials with you (in either hard copy or on a USB memory stick). A computer will be provided for you to use to complete the exam and view any reference material. However, you cannot use any of your own electronic devices (such as phone, tablet or laptop) during the exam. Also, you will not have access to the internet or any form of electronic communication, such as email, Skype, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc.

You will not be allowed to share reference material with other candidates.

Due to the confidential nature of the exam, you must give all USB memory sticks, and any hand written notes used during the exam to the exam supervisor at the end of the exam.

When can I expect my results?

You will be informed of your results within 30 business days of the exam. If you are successful, you will be invited to attend an interview.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You may apply to take the exam again in the next round. You will not have the opportunity to resit the exam in the current round. In Queensland, exams are held approximately every two years. 

What happens if Brisbane is in lockdown due to CODID-19?

Contingencies will be put into place in the event of a lockdown in Brisbane. The exam may be postponed if deemed necessary. All applicants will be contacted to be advised of information of this nature.

If you are entering into Brisbane you must comply with any relevant Queensland Health requirements. For more information about COVID-19 in Queensland visit Queensland Health website.

Should you have any queries please contact us at technicalsupport@des.qld.gov.au .