Continuing Professional Development

One of the core values and aims of ACLCA is to provide relevant, topical and up-to-date training and professional development to its members, so that individuals within member companies can and will maintain and improve the technical and professional standards and skills of member companies.

  1. Overview
  2. CPD Points
  3. ACLCA CPD Training Modules: “Introduction to Environmental Site Assessment”
  4. ACLCA CPD Training: Advanced Short Courses and Work Shops
  5. Midwest Geosciences Group Webinars
  6. CL:AIRE Remediation Technologies eLearning Suite
  7. AEHS Foundation Online Professional Education Series
  8. University of Nottingham eMasters by Research (MRes) in Contaminated Land Management


1. Overview

ACLCA is and has been developing and providing access to a wide range of training opportunities for contaminated land professionals in Australia at all levels of experience and expertise and is continually reviewing industry needs, seeking out course providers and organizers from a wide range of sources and collaborations both nationally (e.g. CRC CARE, ALGA) and internationally (e.g. Midwest Geosciences Group, AEHS Foundation). ACLCA’s focus is on relevant, timely, highest quality and suitable professional training for their members, which fits with the demanding requirements of the consulting environment and the aspirations of individuals within member organisations. Hence, ACLCA’s focus lies on provision of workshops, short courses and online training opportunities, which we think provides for a best match between training needs and delivery within the constraints of the business environment.

The information is provided on the various training offerings, which are either provided/organized directly by ACLCA or information on useful training providers in the field of contaminated land management. Information provided about external (non-ACLCA) providers does not constitute an endorsement of the services and products provided by these institutions by ACLCA, but is information provided to the benefit of ACLCA members. ACLCA can and will not provide further information on external training providers and these should be contacted directly.

ACLCA acknowledges that following list of providers is not a full and comprehensive list off all training providers in this field, however particularly focuses on training opportunities provided by ACLCA or online training.

The CPD FA meet approximately every 2 months. If you would like to join a meeting or become a member, please contact the Chair, Clinton Smiljanic at


2. CPD Points

ACLCA events and courses can contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) goals. ACLCA urges you to refer to Contaminated Land Specialist schemes such as CPSS CSAM and EIANZ CEnvP, in particular the points table, for further information. Certain activities have different limits of points that may be claimed.

The following ACLCA events may contribute to your CPD: 

  • Attending ACLCA Monthly Member Presentations
  • Attending ACLCA courses and seminars
  • Joining an ACLCA Focus Area and attending meetings
  • Presenting at one of our courses or events
  • Presenting at the annual YP Presentation Event
  • Joining the Executive Committee and attending meetings (nomination and voting process)

If you are claiming CPD points from attending ACLCA events, please ensure that you keep your registration receipts on file as evidence for your CPD recognition. 

Evidence of the commitment to CPD is required to maintain one’s Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) status.  A minimum of 100 points of CPD activity must be achieved over each two-year period (calendar year basis) and reported to the CEnvP Board.

Please refer to the CEnvP table which provides a key to identify appropriate categories of CPD and the number of applicable points that may be claimed for each activity within a category. For example, our Monthly Member Presentations fall into category 3 and 1 point per hour of attendance may be claimed, whereas, most of our courses fall into category 2 where 2 CPD points per hour may be claimed. 



3. ACLCA CPD Training Modules: “Introduction to Environmental Site Assessment”

 ACLCA has been running foundation training on Environmental Site Assessment geared towards graduates and new entries into the industry for a number of years and has continually updated and improved the content of this course. From 2012 ACLCA has expanded this foundation training from previously six half-day modules to a total of nine modules, which are run as half to full-day modules through each calendar year. ACLCA is confident that the expanded training offering covers all major aspects of the contaminated land practice at a level of detail suitable for practitioners new to the field.

The modules currently include the following topics:

·         Module 1-3: Introduction to Environmental Site Assessment (Phase 1 and 2 (interpretation and reporting), fieldwork investigations) 

·         Module 4: Soil and Rock Core Logging

·         Module 5: Analytical Chemistry

·         Module 6: Risk Assessment

·         Module 7: Contaminated Land Auditing and CUTEP

·         Module 8: Remediation

·         Module 9: Technical Report Writing and Legal Risks

Each and every module is presented by highly experienced practitioners in the field.

This program is open to ACLCA members only.  Dates and booking details can be found in the ACLCA events page. 


4. ACLCA CPD Training: Advanced Short Courses and Work Shops

 ACLCA is providing a large range of training courses on a wide array of topics of imminent interest to contaminated land professionals in Australia, having developed a wide network of experts and presenters around the globe providing for high quality and high impact training experiences. ACLCA is continuing to develop new and re-develop existing training courses in close collaboration with our partners and presenters, always taking into account the experiences and feedback from past events.

Some of the training courses developed and provided by ACLCA include (some of which have been run on multiple occasions):

·         Monitored Natural Attenuation for Groundwater Remediation

·         Enhanced Bioremediation and Low Costs Remediation Methods

·         Hydrogeologic Analysis of Fractured Bedrock Systems

·         Aquifer Testing and Analysis

·         Landfill and Ground Gas Assessment, Management and Remediation

·         Landfill Engineering and Environmental Management

·         Soil Vapour Intrusion

·         Advanced LNAPL Site Management and Quantitative Analysis

·         Investigation, Remediation and Management of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater

·         Advanced Site Characterisation

·         Soil Vapour Treatment Technologies

·         In-situ Thermal Remediation


ACLCA is in the process of developing a number of new and exciting high impact courses including DNAPLs in Fractured Rock, Environmental Forensics and others, which will be available and announced in due course.

Details of current and up-coming ACLCA training courses can be found in the ACLCA events page.  if you would like to stay informed about up-coming training you should subscribe to the ACLCA mailing list here. 


5. Midwest Geosciences Group Webinars

ACLCA is pleased to announce that we have secured access to a large and steadily growing archive of webinars offered by the Midwest Geosciences Group. ACLCA has been working with MidwestGeo for some years to successfully deliver a number of short courses to our members. With the offering of webinars we hope to expand the educational value to member companies and make training available to a much larger audience. A wide variety of webinar subjects are available now and more are being added all the time.

Topics available to date include (but are not limited to):

·         No purge water sampling

·         Statistical Issues in Groundwater monitoring applications

·         Arsenic in the Subsurface

·         Slug Testing and Pumping Tests for Site Characterisation

·         Hydrogeology of Aquitards

·         Environmental Forensics and Chemical Fingerprinting

·         LNAPL in fine grained soils

·         LNAPL Transmissivity

·         Handling Non-detect data correctly

·         Anaerobic Attenuation of Petroleum Contamination

·         Matrix Diffusion in Fractured Rocks

Recorded Webinars offer many benefits besides being available on demand, 24/7. They simulate classroom sessions encapsulated in an easy-to-access online forum.

Some other benefits include:

1.     Learn from recognized experts in the field.

2.     No limit to the number of participants at your computer site!

3.     Improve your personal and professional skills and efficiencies

4.     Learn to solve hydrogeologic, environmental and engineering problems we commonly face as professionals

5.     Bring added-value to your projects and continue to build your career.

6.     You can control the webinar progress or let it run automatically. You have the ability to immediately repeat segments using a control slider, similar to YouTube.

Submerse yourself in these 90-minute educational experiences and gain insights that are found nowhere else on the web. Not only can you experience the webinar alone or in a group, but every 90-minute webinar is equivalent to one and a half Professional Development Hours. Each webinar includes downloadable handouts consisting of the Session Slides and a Record of Attendance Form.

Archived webinars can be accessed through the MitwestGeo website on, by choosing the Webinar Archives link.

If you would like to get further information or have any questions send an email to Dan Kelleher of the Midwest Geosciences Group at  


6. CL:AIRE Remediation Technologies eLearning Suite

CL:AIRE (Contaminted Land: Applications in Real Environments) is an independent not-for profit oganisation in the UK promoting sustainable remediation of contaminated land and groundwater. CL:AIRE was established to stimulate the regeneration of contaminated land in the UK by raising awareness of, and confidence in, practical and sustainable remediation technologies. CL:AIRE is one of the leading organisations within contaminated land in the UK, fulfilling a need for objectives, scientifically robust appraisals of remediation technologies and effective methods for monitoring and investigating site.

As part of its agenda CL:AIRE supports a wide range of research and training projects. CL:AIRE in association with the UK Environment Agency and leading industry experts has developed an interactive eLearning suite. It provides information and training on key aspects of undertaking remediation options appraisals and selecting, designing, implementation and verifying different remediation technologies. These courses are aimed at foundation to intermediate level.

The 10 courses comprise following subjects:

·         Remediation Options Appraisals

·         Monitored Natural Attenuation

·         Permeable Reactive Barriers

·         Air Sparging/Soil Vapour Extraction

·         Ex situ Bioremediation

·         Chemical Oxidation

·         Stabilisation/Solidification

·         In-situ Bioremediation

·         Soil Washing

·         In-situ and Ex-situ Thermal Desorption

Each course consists of a number of modules and two assessments delivering approximately four hours of learning for each course. Upon completion a personalized certificate will be issued for CPD.

For further information, pricing and to access the courses follow this link below:

7. AEHS Foundation Online Professional Education Series

The AEHS (Association for Environmental Health and Sciences) Foundation is a non-profit, member supported professional organization with the purpose to facilitate communication and foster cooperation among professionals with concerns the challenge of soil, sediment and water assessment, cleanup and protection. The US based foundation was founded in 1990 and has a large member base and international forum of experts in many fields. The AEHS Foundation facilitates conferences (including two large and well known annual conferences in San Diego and Amherst, respectively), seminars, publications and collaborative partnerships and member-only services. The AEHS Foundation has a number of high quality journals (published through Taylor and Francis) including Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination, Environmental Forensics, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment and International Journal of Phytoremediation.

In 2010 the AEHS Foundation started to offer high level, postgraduate level fully online professional training courses on a wide range of topics directly relevant and applicable to contaminated land professionals and delivered by eminent experts in their fields. Courses are currently offered twice a year (autumn and spring) and are of 10 weeks duration and are completed with a Certificate of Completion issued by the AEHS Foundation upon successful completion of assignments, research projects and/or tests and exams. Following topics are currently on offer by the AEHS Foundation:

·         Soil Chemistry – How Organic and Inorganic Chemicals React in Soils

·         Environmental Forensics: Environmental Crime Scene Investigations

·         Ecological Risk Assessment for a Sustainable Environment

·         Armed Conflict and Environment: Perspectives for Global Sustainability

Other courses on Risk Assessment and Management, Forensic Sampling and Statistics, Environmental Isotopes, Contaminant Fate and Transport, Geology/Hydrogeology will be added or re-run on a rotating basis.

The AEHS Foundation has recently started to offer a “Certificate in Environmental Forensics” with the goal of training professionals to become successful expert witnesses. This certificate includes five core classes from selected online training courses and a final project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Further details on the courses and on how the online training is conducted can be found either on the AEHS Foundation online training course website on and/or by directly contacting Anina Kostecki on

ACLCA members are eligible for discounted course registrations fee. 


8.  University of Nottingham eMasters by Research (MRes) in Contaminated Land Management (100% online)

The University of Nottingham (UK) has been offering a two-year part-time postgraduate masters program for participants to enhance their skills and knowledge in the practice of risk-based contaminated land management since 1997. Now this highly successful Masters program is available as a fully online professional training program (eMasters) for participants with regulatory, government, consultancy and land owner backgrounds. The course contains a number of technical modules, professional skills components and a work related dissertation. The study is fully supported for distance learning and web based training. The course includes six technical modules in the areas of study:

·         Site Characterisation

·         Risk Assessment

·         Remediation

·         Sustainable Urban Regeneration

The course also includes a one week study tour to the USA to expose participants to a different regulatory regime and novel technologies, allowing comparisons with current practices at home.

Upon successful completion of all modules and the acceptance of the dissertation participants will be awarded a Masters by Research in Contaminated Land Management by the University of Nottingham.

The program director, Prof Paul Nathaniel has long been at the cutting edge of contaminated land management research and practice in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.

For further information and details about this formal study program please go to the program website on

or contact Prof Paul Nathaniel on