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Short Courses

AusRivasLogoThe AUSRIVAS Online training course is offered twice a year by the University of Canberra. The course aims to teach the skills and knowledge needed to assess river health to an acceptable standard using the Australian River Assessment System (AUSRIVAS) methods. Those who complete its requirements successfully are eligible for accreditation.

There are no prerequisites for this non-award course, other than registration and payment. The theoretical knowledge required to use AUSRIVAS for river health assessment can be learnt entirely online in four interactive modules that can be completed at you own pace over 12 weeks. You can enrol in as few or as many of the Modules as you like in any Semester. A 5-day practical face-to-face workshop is offered as a fifth module, teaching the practical skills required. The workshop module is held in December each year at the University of Canberra and sites close by.

The workshop includes training and accreditation in AUSRIVAS field data collection (water quality, habitat and invertebrates) and invertebrate identification accreditation or an invertebrate identification tutorial.

If you would like more information please contact Sue Nichols or visit




Online Modules

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