National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance - Identification and Assessment Professional Short Course

The Environmental Analysis Laboratory and Southern Cross GeoScience are offering a short course for professionals responsible for assessing and managing acid sulfate soils, in accordance with the National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance (2018).

The program is designed for professionals such as consultants, engineers, contractors, scientists, environmental officers and planners.

The course includes a series of presentations from leading academics and practitioners, practical exercises examining real-life examples and a field excursion to local acid sulfate soil sites. The training program follows the five stages required in a full acid sulfate soil investigation process. It is designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess acid sulfate soils in a variety of landscapes. Participants should note the course is specifically designed for professionals with at least a basic understanding of the issues.

The course will be led by Dr Nick Ward and Graham Lancaster, co-authors of these national guidance documents. Leading researchers Professors Ed Burton and Scott Johnston (SCGS), and practitioners including Nadia Toppler (EAL), Dr Dave Morand (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage), Michael Wood (Michael Wood and Associates) and Dr Mark Rosicky (SCGS), experienced in the identification and assessment of acid sulfate soil materials, will also help deliver the course.

The course has now run four times over the past year to positive review:

“Presenters were well educated and knowledgeable on ASS but were good at communicating the science and legislation. I originally thought it was a bit expensive but after attending the course it is good value for money!”

“Having people from labs, unis, regulators and consultants made for many different views which was helpful. The calculations were also very useful!”

“Quality technical and practical course.”

“The course was well presented with great content. Will be requesting others from my team attend future sessions."

 "Thank you so much for a very informative course. Learnt lots! Will be in contact with you as questions come up."

Due to issues associated with COVID-19 and uncertainty over border closures, the course scheduled for 22-23 October, 2020 will be postponed until 25-26 March, 2021.

The course costs $1500 (including GST). Early bird tickets are now available at $1400 (including GST) if paid by Friday 12 February, 2021. Places are limited to 30 participants per course. Please register interest to secure a place for the Gold Coast course.

A second course will run in Perth, dependent on sufficient interest. Please contact if you are interested in attending a Perth course.