Writing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)

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Doing it Quickly, Appropriately, Proficiently, and Professionally
Course Title: Writing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
Course ID: STAT-340
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): June 28, 2017: 8:30am - 4:30pm
June 29, 2017: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Computer Classrooms in Seattle
10604 Ne 38th Pl, Ste 118
Kirkland, WA
Instructor: Dr. Deb Gaynor
Tuition: $645
$545 / $545* (Before May 26, 2017)
Class is Closed
*NOTE: Remote Attendance Available Outside Washington. Select "Remote (Online) Attendance Only"




If you are not in Washington, but would like to attend this class, choose "Remote (Online) Attendance Only" option in the Tuition selection dropdown above. Remote access is provided via a secure connection and includes full 1080p video and dedicated audio of both the instructor and the classroom, so remote attendees will see and hear all material clearly. Whiteboard technology will ensure that any notes made in class can be experienced clearly by remote attendees. We recommend a headset with microphone, and a webcam so that remote attendees can interact live with the instructor and other attendees.

Remote attendees will receive login information about a week before the class, or within 24 hours of registration if registering closer than 1 week until the session.

This two-day, hands-on course is intended for anyone who needs to write QAPPs for projects, without spending excessive hours writing and revising an unnecessarily complicated planning document.  Attendees will learn and become comfortable with the concepts, structures, and background materials needed for composing the QAPP, and the tools to turn what might be an overwhelming task into one that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time with a reasonable amount of effort. 

With the instructor’s help, participants will perform customized exercises, working through one or more different QAPP templates that are provided to meet individual student needs. The instructor will share tips and tricks that go far beyond available on-line guidance; students will learn how to correctly and efficiently complete the template. This hands-on approach, with plenty of opportunities for questions and personalized answers, will help students come up to speed quickly without the doubts, slow responses, and steep learning curves inherent in self-taught or even the best on-line class systems.

Students are expected to come to the class with a basic understanding of the role of quality assurance and quality control in developing and conducting an environmental program for water quality monitoring.  Comfort in using programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel will be beneficial in getting the most of the class.

If you have any trouble registering please call (425) 270-3274 ext 103



Intended Audience:

This course is recommended for representatives of Native American Tribes, state environmental regulators and personnel who develop, review, implement or use QAPPs, or personnel who have to communicate QAPPs, including, but not limited to remedial project managers, on-scene coordinators, site assessment managers, RCRA facilty managers, enforcement personnel, state and tribal regulators, quality assurance personnel, contractors and oversight officers, field task managers, and laboratory personnel

Continuing Education Units: 0.70 CEUs

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Course Topics

1 Quality Management Planning and Implementation

a.     Quality Assurance Overview

b.     Common Elements of the UFP and EPA QAPP Structures

                                               i.     Setting Data Quality Objectives

                                              ii.     Regulatory Compliance

                                             iii.     Identifying Responsible Personnel

c.      QAPP Drivers

                                               i.     Phase I Investigations

                                              ii.     Remediation and Feasibility: Cost Assessments

                                             iii.     Risk Assessment

d.     Understanding Data Quality Indicators

                                               i.     Precision

                                              ii.     Accuracy

                                             iii.     Representativeness

                                             iv.     Reproducibility

                                              v.     Completeness

2 Efficiently Writing the QAPP

a.     Collecting Foundation Materials

b.     Measurement Performance Criteria

                                               i.     Field Quality Control (QC) Samples

                                              ii.     Laboratory QC Samples

                                             iii.     Method Requirements

                                             iv.     Making QA Guidance Work for You

c.      Implementation of Drivers into the QAPP

d.     The Devil is in the Details

                                               i.     Laboratory SOPs, LOQs, and MDLs

                                              ii.     Target Quantitation Limits

                                             iii.     Controlling the Structural Elements

                                             iv.     Coupling the QAPP and the Field Sampling Plan

3 Making the QAPP work for you

a.     Organizational Efficiency

b.     Communication Pathways

c.      Bottle Orders

d.     Performing Data Assessments

About the Instructor

Dr. Deb Gaynor

Dr. Deb Gaynor

Dr. Gaynor, founder and principal of Phoenix Chemistry Services, has more than 20 years of analytical chemistry and environmental management and consulting experience. For eleven years she worked closely with the USEPA through the Contract Laboratory Program (CLP). She has extensive experience in the development and performance of analyses of environmental samples, including solid and liquid matrices and biota on GC and GC/MS systems, while ensuring compliance with quality assurance programs. She has managed the GC/MS section of a large environmental laboratory, and has worked as the Quality Assurance Officer of a microbiology laboratory. Dr. Gaynor has provided software training for chromatographic instrumentation in laboratories serving the needs of environmental, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and clinical industries. She has also developed and taught in-house courses for laboratory personnel on chromatography and quality assurance. At Phoenix Chemistry Services, she has built a consulting company providing data validation and quality assurance services to engineering companies performing hazardous site investigation and remediation services as well as long-term monitoring for all environmental contaminants in solids, liquids, air, sediment, and biota.

What to Bring

Pen or pencil, and paper if you do not want to take notes in your manual. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Lunch will be on your own.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at [email protected] or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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