Comprehensive Environmental Sampling: Methodology, Practice, and Analysis

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Course Title: Comprehensive Environmental Sampling: Methodology, Practice, and Analysis
Course ID: CHEM-250
Status: OPEN
Date(s): February 26, 2019: 8:30am - 4:30pm
February 27, 2019: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Fish Hatchery
125 W Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA
Instructor: Christopher Whitehead
Tuition: $645 / $595*
$545 / $495* (Before January 25, 2018)

**Registered attendees will receive a PDF copy of course materials prior to the class. A physical book can be purchased for an additional $50 charge. To purchase, select "Physical Book" above.



This two-day course is designed for individuals and/or organizations performing field sampling of environmental media including soil and other solids; surface and groundwater; sediment; indoor and ambient air; solid and hazardous waste; and chemicals of commerce for the analysis of a broad range of analytical methods as established by a variety of regulatory and standards organizations.

Day one will include a full-day in a classroom with lectures discussing sampling methodology and theory; techniques and procedures; health and safety concerns; documentation and deviations; handling and preservation; equipment and supplies; and field quality assurance procedures.

The second day will consist of a half-day of lecture in the classroom discussing issues associated with laboratory techniques and processes, analytical measurement, and data reporting of sample results. The classroom portion will incorporate demonstrations and examples on certain points. The topics discussed are intended to provide an overview of sampling techniques and practices, and details of specific issues will be explored as time permits.

The field portion of the course will take place in the afternoon at a nearby location, and is designed to provide hands-on, practical experience executing some of the concepts reviewed in the classroom lessons. Attendees will be put into teams, and each team will be given a scenario and asked to carryout the task to completion. Time permitting, teams will rotate to each provided scenario until all stations have been completed. Equipment and supplies will be provided.

Lunch will be provided on the second day. Please dress weather/outdoor appropriate for the field portion of the course. See "What to Bring" for more information.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for anyone engaged in the gathering and preparation of field samples for analysis, or anyone who needs to understand more about correct sampling procedures.

Continuing Education Units: 1.40 CEUs

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Course Topics

Expectations for course completion include student ability to:
• Describe a general sampling approach and provide justification for the proposed methodology
• List general procedures for sampling depending on specific media and methods
• Describe health and safety issues associated with a given sampling approach and procedure
• Describe sample collection and packaging processes for specific media and methods
• Perform chain-of-custody documentation

About the Instructor

Christopher Whitehead

Christopher Whitehead

Christopher Whitehead comes to NWETC with a broad range of experience gained over 10 years in the environmental health and safety field in service to private, state, federal, military, local, and NGOs throughout the United States.  Mr. Whitehead currently works in the field of environmental data quality assurance.  He is committed to environmental protection and in ensuring projects are designed and implemented placing quality and justice at their foundation.

Mr. Whitehead has experience in every phase of the site investigation process including site discovery and screening, assessment, characterization, waste removal, site remediation, and closure.  He has performed sampling and analysis of environmental media for a broad range of hazardous substances and constituents including radiological materials and wastes.  Additionally, Mr. Whitehead has worked in emergency management and disaster response in multi-agency teams throughout the US.

Specifically, Mr. Whitehead has worked on environmental projects associated with the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response for USEPA Region IV, Hurricane Katrina long-term recovery operations in the USACE New Orleans district; on-going Savannah River Site characterization and remediation investigations; federal closure of the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory site; and the Oso Landslide Search and Recovery operation.

What to Bring

Drinks and snacks will be provided each day. Lunch will be on your own on day 1, but will be provided on day 2.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

If you have any trouble registering please call (425) 270-3274 ext 103
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements. Please review what to bring!


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