Feb 19 – CERTIFICATION OF SITE CONTAMINATION CONSULTANTS

February 2019: Certification of Site Contamination Consultants

As of late 2018, two of the existing three site contamination consultant certification schemes merged such that the CRC CARE Site Contamination Practitioners Australia (SCPA) scheme is no longer in operation and SCPA members have transitioned across to the combined scheme – i.e. EIANZ’s Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) scheme: https://www.cenvp.org. This scheme is open to all environmental professionals who can meet the requisite competency criteria of training, experience, professional conduct and ethical behaviour and it is not necessary to be an EIANZ member to become a CEnvP.

The alternative scheme is the Soil Science Australia Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) Contaminated Site Assessment and Management (CSAM) scheme: https://www.soilscienceaustralia.com.au/cpss/contaminated-sites-competency. This scheme is limited to soil scientists who have already attained CPSS accreditation and also satisfy the academic and experience requirements for CSAM.

As detailed in SA EPA (2018) Site Contamination Policy: Certification of Practitioners, the EPA commenced a process of recognition for site contamination consultant certification bodies on 1 August 2018 – to date, neither of the schemes detailed above have been formally recognised.

From 1 August 2019, the EPA will require the following to be prepared, or reviewed and approved, by a site contamination practitioner certified by a recognised site contamination consultant certification body:

  • all work regulated by the EPA through the use of statutory instruments;
  • all site contamination reports presented to the EPA for its review; and
  • all work commissioned and/or managed by the EPA.

In addition, from 1 August 2019, the EPA will:

  • where applicable, establish/amend licence conditions (i.e. on environmental authorisations) to include that specified/relevant reports must be prepared, or reviewed and approved, by a site contamination practitioner certified by a recognised site contamination consultant certification body;
  • recommend to planning authorities that, with the exception of site contamination audit reports, they only accept reports prepared, or reviewed and approved, by a site contamination practitioner certified by a recognised site contamination consultant certification body; and
  • recommend to persons with liability for site contamination that, with the exception of site contamination audit reports, they only engage site contamination practitioners certified by a recognised site contamination consultant certification body to prepare, or review and approve, reports in relation to site contamination.

Refer to the following link for further information: https://www.epa.sa.gov.au/environmental_info/site_contamination/assessment_and_remediation.