Environmental Monitoring and Technology

If you want to work on the front lines of environmental protection in either the government or commercial sphere, then one of CIT's Environmental Monitoring and Technology qualifications is the right choice for you. At the Certificate IV level, you will develop the skills and knowledge to collect and analyse a range of environmental data as an assistant to laboratory or field studies, as well as the ability communicate and present environmental information to others.

If you progress to diploma-level study, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to be able to apply a range of methods and technologies to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring in most industry sectors. Additionally, you will learn to assist environmental scientists, engineers and planners with site assessment, minimising environmental impacts of processes and work on the remediation and rehabilitation of sites.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
    CRICOS: 093058A National ID: MSS40216

    Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
    CRICOS: 093061F National ID: MSS50216

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
    Certificate IV: 1 year Diploma: 1 year

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate IV:
    Material fees: $420
    First Aid Certificate: $120 - $250
    White Card: $110

    Diploma:
    Material fees: $300

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent


    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
    CRICOS: 093058A | National ID: MSS40216
    Complete 16 subjects (8 Core and 8 Electives)
    Core - complete all 8

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • MSS024001
      Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician
      CIT Code: ENVI217
      Description: This unit of competency covers the induction of an environmental technician into an organisation. It includes working effectively within Australia's framework for environmental management and the culture of the organisation, safely performing environmental technical services, and interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in many industry and community settings. 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; water treatment, storm and wastewater management; solid and hazardous waste management, and site remediation; management of contaminated sites; geotechnical services and civil engineering; and natural resource management.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSS024002
      Implement environmental management plans and procedures
      CIT Code: ENVI218
      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
      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
      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
    • MSMENV272
      Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
      CIT Code: ENVI143
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices. This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts. 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 contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section. 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
      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
      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
      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 - complete 8

    • MSS024008
      Recognise common geological landforms and samples
      CIT Code: ENVI221
      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
    • MSS024005
      Collect spatial and discrete environmental data
      CIT Code: ENVI222
      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
    • MSMENV472
      Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
      CIT Code: SUST109
      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
    • MSS024010
      Perform environmental biological techniques
      CIT Code: ENVI223
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to collect and examine biological samples using microscopes, keys and biochemical tests to identify and enumerate environmentally significant organisms. Personnel are expected to prepare aseptic media and solutions, set up equipment for microbiological testing and identify basic microorganisms of environmental significance. 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 and soil); clean water (e.g. catchments, supply and environmental flows); water treatment, storm and wastewater management; and natural resource management.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSS025013
      Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands
      CIT Code: ENVI224
      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
      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
    • MSS025005
      Produce site maps
      CIT Code: ENVI227
      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
    • MSL974003
      Perform chemical tests and procedures
      CIT Code: LABT197
      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
  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
    CRICOS: 093061F | National ID: MSS50216
    Complete 20 subjects (11 Core and 9 Electives)
    Core - complete all 11 subjects

    Subjects listed below from earlier courses automatically count towards this course

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • MSS024002
      Implement environmental management plans and procedures
      CIT Code: ENVI218
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
  • Job Opportunities

    Environmental officers, environmental protection officers, environmental compliance officers, environmental technicians.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Study is carried out through field trips, in class learning and eLearn (online) modules.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology and gain entry into the University of Canberra will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Arts (429AA).

    Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

    Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (1 year)
    PLUS
    Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology (1 year)
    = 2 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available