SCP Australia competencies and sub-elements

SCP Australia competencies and sub-elements

Short video (6:06) explaining the six key competencies and their sub-elements. The sub-elements are important as they further define each of the competencies within the context of contaminated sites.

 

SCP Australia competencies
My name is Paul Saeki and in this short video I am talking about SCP Australia competencies and their sub-elements.

A SCP Australia certified practitioner demonstrates technical knowledge and experience in six key competencies which are;
• The nature, causes and significance of site contamination
• Preliminary site assessment of contamination
• Detailed site assessment involving the characterisation of contamination
• Risk assessment of site contamination
• Remediation and management approaches
• Professional practice relevant to consulting on contaminated site issues.

When we look at these competencies more closely, a number of sub-elements are recognisable which help to further define each of these competencies.

1. The nature, causes and significance of site contamination

(A practitioner is expected to have technical knowledge and experience of ) Types of industries and land uses (current and historical), and the particular contaminants they produce, which are commonly associated with site contamination
(understand) The affect of geological, hydro-geological , and environmental settings on contamination issues
(factor in) The significance of the built environment including residences, services, and other land use infrastructure for site contamination issues
(understand) The fate and transport of common contaminants in typical settings including chemical, biological and physical processes as these relate to the solid, liquid and gaseous phases
(be able to utilise) The primary sources used for assessment of the significance of contamination issues including regulatory and scientifically authoritative references

A certified practitioner expected to be able to undertake a

2. Preliminary site assessment of contamination

(involving the) Planning and contextualising the purpose of an assessment process
Site inspection and conducting enquiries sufficient to maximise information for contamination assessment purposes
Conduct a site history incorporating knowledge of common reliable sources and approaches for this
Initiation of a Conceptual Site Model based on the above incorporating knowledge of the overall environmental setting including land use/built environment factors , geology and hydrogeology, and surface environment for future improvement
(Provide) Provision of advice as to whether contamination represents a risk requiring further detailed site assessment by applying understandings in competency 1

A certified practitioner would also be able to undertake and manage a

3. Detailed site assessment involving the characterisation of contamination

(being able to clearly communicate and plan) Data Quality Objectives, including quality assurance and quality control practices and their application

(manage) Sampling methodology and design for contamination in soils, groundwater, vapour(soil and indoor), surface water and sediments

(Prepare and manage) Documentation and management of data for interpretation of contamination significance and site management

(Provide) Quality assurance of data for assessing contamination, including identification of data gaps and areas of uncertainty.

(be able to) Assess the significance of contamination by applying understandings in competency 1 and/or by using Tier 1 risk assessment, or more advanced risk assessment, to understand potential impact of contamination
(be able to) Validate a site following remediation works

A certified practitioner will be able to undertake a

4. Risk assessment of site contamination
(meet and follow) Criteria and legislative requirements
(develop a) Risk assessment framework
(provide) Ecological risk assessment and human health risk assessment and the importance of each for a particular site setting.

(understand) The use and limitations of modelling in undertaking risk assessments

A certified practitioner will have knowledge of

5. Remediation and management approaches

Remediation and management options including available technologies for particular types of contamination in soil, groundwater and vapour

Remediation/management frameworks
Development of site specific remediation/management objectives, implement and monitor performance of selected approaches, and to validate achievement of objectives

Handling of wastes generated from remediation activities

A certified practitioner will also have skills in

6. Professional practice relevant to consulting on contaminated site issues
(this includes) Adherence to ethical obligations and standards

Sound project management practices – quality, time, cost

Legislation relating to contaminated sites including property and planning law

Health and safety management applied to contaminated site activity

Writing complete, relevant and understandable technical reports
Risk communication with all stakeholders including community consultation

Basics of contract law and contract management

These are the six competencies which every practitioner is expected to demonstrate when they apply for certification with SCP Australia. You can review a Directory of certified practitioners on the SCP Australia website at www.scpaustralia.com.au/directory