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Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology MSS50216

Overview

This program will provide the skills and knowledge for applying a range of technologies and methods to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring. These skills can be used to assist environmental scientists, engineers, planners and community groups with site assessments, to manage and conserve natural systems and resources, to minimise pollution and environmental impacts and in the rehabilitation of sites.

Qualification: Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology MSS50216
Program No: DP-BE51
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 3 Semesters full time (approximately 20 hours per week) or part time equivalent.
Cost:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance

Likely Job Outcome: Environmental officers, environmental protection officers, environmental compliance officers, environmental technicians.
Application Type: Register Your Interest
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Additional Information

Students will be required to have a valid First Aid Certificate and a White Card to participate in some of the field activities. It is recommended that students acquire these within 6 months of starting the program. Students will also need to purchase basic personal protective equipment to participate in the field and in the laboratories (e.g. lab coat, sturdy enclosed shoes).
An additional cost of $200 to cover various field trips and materials fees will apply to this program.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

On entry, you may need to demonstrate appropriate literacy and numeracy skills by undertaking a literacy and numeracy assessment. You may be required to undertake additional Foundation Skills subjects to support your learning and success in this program.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Literacy Skills Information

    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Core - complete all 11 subjects

  • MSS024002  Implement environmental management plans and procedures
    • CIT Code: ENVI218
      Cost: $190.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to apply environmental management plans and procedures to minimise the environmental impact of work activities and ensure legislative compliance. Personnel are required to identify environmental requirements in everyday work activities, issues and risks for projects and/or sites, recognise environmental incidents and apply the specified procedures or actions to control and minimise their impacts.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (e.g. air, water, soil and noise); geotechnical services; natural resource management; occupational hygiene monitoring (e.g. air, noise and radiation); groundwater and clean water; water treatment, storm and wastewater management; solid and hazardous waste management; site remediation; and resource efficiency (e.g. energy, water and waste auditing).

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSS024003  Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
    • CIT Code: ENVI219
      Cost: $380.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to ‘read the landscape’ in terms of the physical and biological components of the environment and the ecological linkages in operation at a site. Personnel are required to apply basic principles of geomorphology, hydrology and ecology in a systematic, scientific appraisal of site condition. This requires sufficient knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology and biology to support a scientific approach to field ecology.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, and sampling (e.g. air quality, water, soil and noise); environmental compliance, auditing and inspection; groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchment supply, environmental flows); water treatment, storm and wastewater management; solid and hazardous waste management; site remediation; management of contaminated sites; geotechnical services and civil engineering; and natural resource management.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSS024004  Process and present environmental data
    • CIT Code: ENVI220
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to retrieve environmental data; evaluate formulae and perform scientific calculations; present and interpret information in tables, graphs and simple maps; and keep accurate records. The unit requires personnel to solve problems of limited complexity where the information may not be obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in all industry sectors.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSS025001  Assist with assessing site environmental indicators
    • CIT Code: ENVI228
      Cost: $420.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to assist environmental scientists and engineers with determining the environmental condition of a site or locality. Personnel are required to locate and assess relevant data sets and reports; interpret the magnitudes and trends in measured environmental parameters; and determine and report on the potential significance for site/locality activities. They require sufficient knowledge of environmental science to interpret measurements involving the atmosphere, biodiversity, land and water. The unit does not cover the collection of field data.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, and sampling (e.g. air quality, water, soil and noise); environmental compliance, auditing and inspection; groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchments, supply, environmental flows); water treatment, storm and wastewater management; solid and hazardous waste management; site remediation; management of contaminated sites; geotechnical services and civil engineering; natural resource management.

      Prerequisites: ENVI219 MSS024003 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
  •  Assessing the environmental risk or impact of a project activity or process
    • CIT Code: ENVI229
      Cost: $320.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to evaluate the risks or impacts associated with a specific project activity or process. It includes researching and describing the activity/process and local environment, identifying relevant environmental issues, assessing environmental risks or impacts, and then identifying appropriate environmental management actions and/or alternatives. Personnel will have access to an organisation environmental management plan for the site and/or a checklist to guide risk/impact assessment of the activity or process against organisation, community, and/or legislative requirements. They work under the supervision of environmental managers, scientists, engineers and/or planners.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, and sampling (e.g. air quality, water, soil and noise); occupational hygiene monitoring (e.g. air, noise and radiation); groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchments, supply, environmental flows); water treatment, storm and wastewater management; solid and hazardous waste management; site remediation/rehabilitation; management of contaminated sites; geotechnical services and civil engineering; natural resource management; resource efficiency (e.g. energy, water and waste auditing).
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, environmental monitoring and management activities are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.

      This subject achieves the following national units of competency — MSS025002 Assess the environment risk or impact of a project activity or process
      Prerequisites: ENVI219 MSS024003 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
  • MSS025003  Report environmental data
    • CIT Code: ENVI230
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to perform scientific calculations, process and interrogate environmental data sets, analyse trends and uncertainty in data, and report results within the required timeframe. The unit requires personnel to solve problems where alternatives are not obvious and where investigations and trials may be required and the implications of various solutions considered.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in all industry sectors.

      Prerequisites: ENVI220 MSS024004 Process and present environmental data
  • MSS025004  Provide environmental information to customers
    • CIT Code: ENVI231
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to respond to internal and external requests for information about environmental management plans, policies, procedures and/or environmental data. Personnel are required to gather information, such as environmental management requirements for specific work activities, revised plans/procedures, sampling or monitoring data, test results and trend analysis, and supply it to customers in accordance with workplace procedures.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in all industry sectors.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSMENV472  Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: SUST109
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices, and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.
      This unit of competency applies to those who have responsibility for a specific area of work or who lead a work group or team. It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices, including the development of processes and tools.
      It includes identifying areas for improvement, developing plans to make improvements, and implementing and monitoring improvements in environmental performance.
      This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be appropriately contextualised as it is applied across an organisation and across different industry sectors.
      This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL943002  Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
    • CIT Code: OHSS422
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. WHS responses are restricted to a 'first response' approach, including the notification of appropriate workplace personnel. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, training and appropriate supervision.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL952001  Collect routine site samples
    • CIT Code: LABT225
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to collect samples at field or production sites using specified equipment and standard or routine procedures.
      This unit of competency is applicable to production operators, field assistants and laboratory assistants in all industry sectors.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL974007  Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
    • CIT Code: LABT201
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to organise and undertake field monitoring programs that are primarily focused on the determination of physical and chemical parameters and/or observation and documentation of biological/ecological systems. It covers confirming the requirements of the monitoring activities, sampling, sample handling, physical and chemical monitoring, and simple field-based analysis, data collection and recording. It also covers field camp maintenance and field safety. This unit of competency covers gaining clearance for animal trapping, tagging, keeping or experimentation. This unit does not cover animal handling techniques for specific species of animals. All work would be performed under the guidance and supervision of a scientific officer.
      This unit of competency is applicable to technical, field and environmental officers working in the construction materials, mining and environmental services industry sectors.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives Group A - complete all 5 subjects

  • MSS025005  Produce site maps
    • CIT Code: ENVI227
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to map the environmental features of a site using sketch maps, computer rendered graphics or geographic information systems (GIS) software. Personnel are required to identify sources of existing environmental data and assess its availability/suitability; collect field data as necessary; assess data quality; and format, present data and incorporate it onto maps. Producing maps to display environmental data requires knowledge of environmental management processes, relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, mapping principles and the use of mapping software and hardware. Personnel will require additional units of competency to manage spatial data sets or undertake complex modelling, data manipulation and analysis using GIS.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (e.g. air, odour, water, soil and noise); groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchments, supply and environmental flows); water treatment, storm and wastewater management; solid and hazardous waste management; management of contaminated sites; site remediation or rehabilitation; geotechnical services; occupational hygiene monitoring (e.g. air, noise and radiation); natural resource management; resource efficiency (e.g. energy, water and waste auditing).

      Prerequisites: ENVI222 MSS024005 Collect spatial and discrete environmental data
  • MSS025013  Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands
    • CIT Code: ENVI224
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to plan and conduct desktop and field activities designed to collect and interpret information about the characteristics and condition of specific wetlands. This work assists environmental scientists and planners to develop wetland inventories, assess and monitor the condition of wetlands and/or develop wetland management plans.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians in a range of industry sectors, such as stormwater management; clean water (e.g. catchments, supply and environmental flows); environmental services (e.g. monitoring of water quality); and environmental compliance, auditing and inspection.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSS025007  Perform sampling and testing of soils
    • CIT Code: ENVI226
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to collect soil samples in accordance with a defined sampling plan, prepare the samples for testing, conduct in-field and laboratory testing of the samples and report the results. Personnel are required to check the validity and reliability of data, recognise atypical test data, and troubleshoot common test procedures and equipment problems.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians in a range of industry sectors, such as geotechnical services and civil engineering; site remediation or rehabilitation; solid and hazardous waste management; natural resource management; management of contaminated sites; environmental services (e.g. sampling and monitoring of air quality, water and soil); environmental compliance, auditing and inspection; groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchments, supply and environmental flows).

      Prerequisites: ENVI221 MSS024008 Recognise common geological landforms and samples
  • MSS025015  Plan and conduct environmental project work
    • CIT Code: ENVI232
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to plan and conduct a small scale, low risk, measurement-based environmental project. Personnel may work individually, or as part of a team. They are required to develop and confirm a project brief/plan with their supervisor, execute and document the project, and evaluate the outcomes. The unit does not cover procurement of project resources and contract management.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in all industry sectors.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL975017  Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques
    • CIT Code: LABT215
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to participate in laboratory investigations involving animals, plants and related environmental parameters. The animals or plants might be single specimens, parts of specimens or be in culture or under propagation. The investigations might also be part of experimental models that examine interactions of animals and/or plants and their environments. Investigations would generally relate to taxonomy, physiology and pathology, and would be oriented to scientific research, food production and manufacture, and to investigation of biological environments and ecosystems.

      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians and technical officers working in biological, biotechnology and environmental industry sectors. It is expected that all work would conform to statutory and work health and safety (WHS) codes of practice. This unit of competency assumes that personnel perform tests and procedures under the close supervision of scientific staff and that the workplace will equip its workers with relevant animal handling skills should they be required. The unit does not cover procedures related to the handling of vertebrates that are subject to national and state/territory animal care and ethics regulations.

      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.

      Prerequisites: LABT200 MSL974006 Perform biological procedures

Electives Group B - complete all 4 subjects

  • MSS024005  Collect spatial and discrete environmental data
    • CIT Code: ENVI222
      Cost: $70.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to obtain and store spatial and discrete environmental data using handheld global positioning system (GPS) equipment.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (e.g. air, water, soil and noise); geotechnical services; natural resource management; occupational hygiene monitoring (e.g. air, noise and radiation); groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchments, supply and environmental flows); water treatment, storm and wastewater management; site remediation and rehabilitation.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSS024008  Recognise common geological landforms and samples
    • CIT Code: ENVI221
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the ability to recognise common geological landforms and relate these to basic geological processes and other ecosystem components. Personnel are also expected to obtain (near) surface samples of common rocks, minerals and soils and identify them using classification tables and charts.
      This unit of competency is applicable to environmental technicians working in a range of industry sectors, such as environmental services (e.g. sampling and monitoring of air quality, water, soil and noise); environmental compliance, auditing and inspection; groundwater and clean water (e.g. catchments, supply and environmental flows); solid and hazardous waste management; management of contaminated sites; site remediation or rehabilitation; geotechnical services and civil engineering; natural resource management.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL974003  Perform chemical tests and procedures
    • CIT Code: LABT197
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests/procedures. These tests will involve several measurement steps. The unit includes data processing and interpretation of results and tracking of obvious test malfunctions where the procedure is standardised. However, personnel are not required to analyse data, optimise tests/procedures for specific samples or troubleshoot equipment problems where the solution is not apparent.
      This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory or technical assistants and instrument operators in all industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSL974006  Perform biological procedures
    • CIT Code: LABT200
      Cost: $360.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret work requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment, and perform routine biological procedures. These procedures may involve several steps and are used to classify cell types, species and biologically active compounds by analysing their biological and chemical characteristics. This unit includes data processing, interpretation of results and troubleshooting obvious departures from standard procedures.
      This unit of competency is applicable to technical assistants working in the biomedical, environmental, biotechnology and education industry sectors.
      While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate IV Environmental Monitoring and Technology MSS40216
Statement Attainment training Waste Collection and Recycling [from LGA04]

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au