Course Description

Improving Environmental Data Usability through Systematic Project Planning and Data Analysis
Course ID: 
Remediation / Toxicology
Continuing Education Units: 


In this course, attendees will learn the role of quality assurance and quality control in developing environmental programs for site investigations, remediation, and monitoring at contaminated sites. Participants will become comfortable with concepts, tools, and the basic statistical methods needed for designing and implementing a field program, and will gain knowledge regarding how to work with a laboratory to ensure the right chemical analyses are performed on the right samples. There will be empahsis on how to plan for and then evaluate data produced to achieve the greatest usability.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will come away with tools for deciding how to assess environmental laboratory data, how to maximize data defensibility, and when an independent data validator is needed. The extensive hands-on exercises include working through a Quality Assurance Project Plan and setting up Excel worksheets to perform efficient assessments for standard analytical data.

Please review what to bring!

*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, 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.


Basic college chemistry and modest familiarity with environmental site work will be helpful but not necessary in getting the most out of this course.

Course Materials: 

Attendees will receive a course manual containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

Intended Audience: 

This course is intended for environmental professionals who need a good grounding in the concepts and framework of quality assurance for environmental data.

Cancelation Policy: 

Once your order has been placed, you are subject to our cancellation policy regardless of the status of your invoice.

  • 31 days prior to training -> 100% refund
  • 30-16 days prior to training -> 50% refund
  • 15 - start of course -> No refund available

Attendee replacement acceptable at anytime.Course registration fees and cancellation policy are subject to change without notice.

More Information

Course Topics

a. Quality Assurance Overview
b. Quality Management Planning and Implementation
    i. Setting Data Quality Objectives
    ii. Regulatory Compliance
    iii. Identifying Responsible Personnel
c. Systematic Project Planning:
    i. Quality Management Plan (QMP)
    ii. Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
    iii. Field Sampling Plan (FSP); Work Plan (WP); Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP)
    iv. Coordination of laboratory and field sampling activities
d. Issues in Field Sampling
    i. Preparation
    ii. Implementation/Communication
    iii. Corrective Action
iv. Post-Sampling Review
e. Data Quality Indicators
    i. Precision
    ii. Accuracy
    iii. Representativeness
    iv. Reproducibility
    v. Completeness
f. Data Quality Assessment I: Statistical Methods
g. Data Quality Assessment II: Data Verification and Data Validation
h. Data Quality for Decision-making and Defensibility


What to Bring

A personal laptop with Excel and a pen or pencil and paper if you prefer not to write in your course manual. 

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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