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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.

Course Materials: 

Attendees will receive a PDF containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

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.


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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

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

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