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Effective Environmental Field Sampling and Data Collection


Course Code: EN0518WB21

Environmental Field Sampling and Data Collection Course

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Date & Time

Course opened: April 12, 2021 at 12:00am EDT
Course closed: April 18, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 4 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open.

Next offering tentatively planned for April 2022. Registration will open when course dates are confirmed.


If you are a student in environmental sciences, have recently entered the field of environmental services, or are looking to improve your existing skills, this self-paced online course that focuses on field sampling procedures, data collection, and preliminary report preparation is for you!

Collecting accurate data is essential to the success of environmental projects. Without a strong understanding of quality assurance and control procedures, sample collection techniques, field notes in log books, completion of standard data sheets, and laboratory chains of custodies, field technicians may generate unsuitable data that is not representative of actual site conditions. This in turn can lead to data gaps and serious flaws in the environmental planning process to remediate contaminated soil, ground water, and surface waters for environmental compliance.

This class will give you the tools and knowledge you need to provide the project managers, supervisors, and senior level consultants in your organization with data they can rely on. This course will be particularly helpful for you if your job responsibilities include soil, ground water, and surface water sampling. Situations that can pose a challenge to collecting data and how to effectively address those challenges will also be discussed.

Program Topics

  • Field workplans
  • Quality Assurance Protection Plans (QAPPs) and Field Sampling Procedures Manual
  • Compliance with the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (Tech Rules, 7:26E et seq.) -- Soil, Ground Water & Surface Water Sampling Techniques
  • Field observations, data recording, and the importance of relaying critical information to key decision makers (ie. NJ LSRPs)

Please Note

This course has been designed for those who are new to the environmental field or looking for a refresher on the topics of field sampling and data collection. Advanced skills and concepts will not be covered.

Course Coordinator

Z. John Zingis, Jr., LSRP

Additional Instructors

Paula MacRae, Oweis Engineering
Shari Kondrup, Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority
John Iannotti, Pine Environmental

Credits & Continuing Education Units

The April 12-18, 2021 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.4 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental field sampling course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators: 4 TCHs (Approval #01-021601-30)

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 4 Technical CECs

NJ Professional Engineers: 3.5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NJ Well Drillers and Pump Installers: 3.5 Technical/Industry CEPs

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 3.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Registration Fee TBD  
Multi-Person Registration Fee TBD Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!
College Student Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be offered at this course.

Accessing this Online Course

This course is offered online within the Canvas learning management system. It will take approximately 4 hours to complete, and participants will have 7 days to complete the coursework at their own pace.

Equipment needed to access this training:

  • Computer or tablet (phones are not recommended for optimal viewing and interaction)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Pre-registration is required.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463
Administrative Assistant: Jackie Findra, 848-932-7180