Quality Assurance for Freshwater Quality Monitoring

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All monitoring programmes should include an associated quality assurance programme that ensures monitoring data are reliable and comparable, not only from station to station but also from a laboratory to laboratory, or programme to programme.

This course works through the various quality assurance processes and options available from the point of sample collection in the field to eventual data submission to a database. Examples of best practices are presented for internal and external laboratory quality control. The process of preparing for an audit is introduced.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Outline the principle steps of a quality assurance programme for a freshwater quality monitoring programme.
  • Recommend quality control procedures for fieldwork and laboratory handling and analysis of water samples.
  • Identify laboratory procedures that are considered to be 'out of control' from laboratory data provided.
  • Distinguish between good and poor examples of Standard Operating Procedures for selected sampling and analysis techniques.

Fee information

The course fee is €400 for EU applicants and €800 for Non-EU applicants. For UNEP GEMS/Water sponsored students the course fee is €100. These candidates from developing countries should complete the Reduced Fee Form available on the website of the Centre. Applicants will be University College Cork (UCC) fully registered students and they will have access to the Learning Environment Canvas, through which the courses are delivered, and other resources of UCC such as the online Library.

How to register

Candidates should send to gemscdcadmin@ucc.ie the following documentation:

  • Application form available here.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (or Certificate of Marriage if the name was changed).
  • CV.
  • Transcripts or parchment in English from your master’s degree/bachelor degree.
  • If English is not your first language, you should also supply an English Language Exam certificate.