Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment

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Overview

Are you an environmental practitioner who is concerned about the risks (human and ecological) associated with environmental pollution and wants to be involved in providing creative solutions to minimise those risks? The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment can be the pathway to that position you’ve been dreaming of.

Providing you with specialised training in pollution impact assessment, this industry-focused program will help prepare you for your dream job.

Using a balanced approach that includes both hands on and case studies, you’ll examine the core concepts, principles and techniques underlying environmental risk assessment. You’ll learn how to assess a contaminated site including following guidelines for contaminated site assessment (e.g. NEPM-ASC) and jurisdictional legislation regulating management of contaminated land; carry out desktop research for preliminary site investigation (PSI), develop a conceptual site model (CSM), produce a sampling plan for a detailed site investigation using data quality objectives (DQO’s) and evaluate contaminated site data to identify contaminants fate and pathways and assess the risk presented by the contaminant(s) detected on site.

On completion, you’ll be able to understand the principles underpinning risk assessment and be ready to apply your new knowledge as environmental practitioner or continue developing your career.

The University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment at a time that suits you.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
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Program Code

40026

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Callaghan

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CRICOS

089717E

Program Code

40026

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Is It For You?

Environmental practitioners can have different backgrounds and their previous experience and knowledge often help shape the future direction of their careers. You may have a bachelor’s degree in science or applied science (engineering) and now want to expand your skills. Or you may want to take your environmental management career to the next level. The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment will provide you with specialized skills required to assess the impact of pollution.

You will complete core courses in:

•           Site Assessment and Planning

•           Chemodynamics of environmental contaminants

•           Risk Characterisation for Human Health

•           Ecological Risk Assessment

Career Opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment will prepare you to assess the risks and impacts of contaminants. With a core focus on environmental risk assessment, you will have specialised and instrumental skills that will be highly valued by mining, the property development and industrial sectors. Your capacity to work internationally will be supported by University’s own reputation in the field.

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Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate (in a related field of study) Zero
Bachelor Degree (in a non-related field of study) One
3 year Diploma (in a related field of study) One
3 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Two
2 year Diploma (in a related field of study) Three
2 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Four
No formal educational qualifications At least 5 years related industry experience in environmental science

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40026
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 089717E
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Description

The Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment program is designed to equip graduates with specialist training in assessing the impact of pollution and environmental contaminants and to provide high quality industry ready graduates to meet end user needs.

The Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment courses are focused postgraduate courses integrating required disciplines to provide graduates with capabilities for assessing environmental contaminants and determining the impact of contaminants on the environment.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on student’s academic qualifications and or relevant experience in the environmental remediation industry, as follows:

  • A three year Diploma or Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental Science discipline (or cognate discipline): or
  • A three Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a minimum of one year relevant industry related experience; or
  • A three year Diploma (AQF Level 6) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) with one year relevant industry experience; or
  • A three year Diploma (AQF Level 6) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with two years relevant industry related experience; or
  • A two year Diploma (AQF Level 6) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) with three years relevant industry experience; or
  • A two year Diploma (AQF Level 6) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with four years relevant industry experience; or
  • At least five years industry experience.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

This program is designed to give a practical based learning experience to student and consists of a total of 40 units of compulsory core courses.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
ERAR6001 Site Assessment and Planning Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ERAR6002 Chemodynamics of Environmental Contaminants Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ERAR6005 Risk Characterisation for Human Health Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ERAR6006 Ecological Risk Assessment Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced understanding of scientific concepts underlying enviromental risk assessment and remediation.
  • Select and apply appropriate scientific methodologies and tools for environmental investigation.
  • Apply critical thinking to synthesis data from a number of sources to solve complex problems in environmental risk assessment and remediation.
  • Communicate specialised technical knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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