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The Australian Hydrographers Association is pleased to announce our inaugural Water Monitoring Skills Technical Workshop.

When: 16 – 19 September 2024

Where: Darwin, Northern Territory

Join with other water quality professionals around Australia for three days of deep learning in Australia’s majestic Top End.

3 CPD Points are allocated to the training courses. 2 CPD Points are allocated to the Field Day (Thursday, 19th September)



The Program

  • Monday, 16 September 2024 – 5pm Welcome Reception and Exhibition
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2024 – All day Training Courses, Exhibition, Networking Dinner
  • Wednesday, 18 September 2024 – All-day Training Courses and Exhibition
  • Thursday, 19 September 2024 – Field day and Wrap-up afternoon session, Exhibition

All attendees are invited to the Welcome Reception on Monday evening, at the training venue – the beautiful Darwin Hilton.

There, you’ll meet others in your industry and enjoy an evening of networking and relaxation while taking in the exhibitor and sponsor trade displays.

Over the next three days, you’ll then immerse yourself in deep learning from our experts in one of the following courses.

What will I learn?

The AHA Training Week comprises in-person training by industry experts in hydrographic basics, real-time water quality monitoring and groundwater monitoring.

Three courses are on offer;

  • Real-time water quality monitoring
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Introduction to hydrometric monitoring

Each course has limited attendance, so book early to secure your place.

Course: Real-time water quality monitoring

This course is designed for water quality practitioners in sampling, time series monitoring and analysis for early career hydrographers as well as consultants, suppliers and managers.

The course will include theory and background, hands on training with best calibration practices, and a visit to a local site for the practical component of the training.

Course Content

  • What is Water Quality?
    • Why do we care about water quality?
    • How do we measure water quality?
  • Objectives of monitoring
    • Site selection
    • Monitoring method selection (pumped vs in-situ vs internal/standalone)
    • Data collection method (telemetered vs periodic download)
  • Base requirements of real-time monitoring
    • Cleaning
    •  Maintenance
    • Calibration
  • Overview of the big 5 parameters and why we measure them
    • pH; Dissolved Oxygen; Turbidity; Conductivity and temperature; Turbidity
  • Data pathways/management
    • Highlight the density of data from real-time
    • Leads into the data management and QAQC sections.
  • Evolving Technologies
    • Possible vs Impossible

Attendees who complete the three-day training will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Course: Groundwater monitoring

This course is designed for water quality practitioners in sampling, time series monitoring, and analysis roles.

Over the three days, this course will include:

  • Groundwater 101
  • Management considerations
  • Why collections are made
  • Measuring parameters to understand variable density in coastal groundwater and groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Design of monitoring networks
  • General groundwater level measurement and monitoring
  • Groundwater sampling
  • Contouring to understand groundwater flow directions
  • How the data is used

The course will include a visit to a local groundwater monitoring station for the practical component of the training.

Attendees who complete the three-day training will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course: Introduction to hydrometric monitoring

This course is designed for early-career hydrographers as well as consultants, suppliers and managers in the industry. Over the three days, this course will cover:

  • Water Level Sensing
  • Manual Discharge Measurement (Theory and Practical)
  • Hydrometric Site Operation and Maintenance
  • Surveying (Theory and Practical)
  • Discharge Rating Curves Overview
  • Water Quality Sampling
  • Hydrometric Data Management and Reporting.

The course will include a visit to a nearby stream gauging station for the practical component of the training.

Attendees who complete the three-day training will receive a partial Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the following Units of Competency in the Diploma of Water Industry Operations (NWP50118):

  • NWPHYD007 Stream Discharge Measurement
  • NWPHYD009 Undertake Surveying of Monitoring Sites

How to book

AHA and affiliate members can register for as little as $660 (early bird pricing)

Non-member registrations start at $880 (early bird pricing)

These training fees are substantially reduced compared with the usual fees for this level of accredited training and are only possible due to the generosity of our sponsors. We thank them for their enormous support. Without them, this Training Week would not be possible.

Early bird pricing ends on 31 July 2024 so don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn and network at this flagship training event.


Early bird pricing

Full registration

AHA and Affiliate Members



Non Member



Early bird rates are available until 31 July 2024.


There are many local options for accommodation close to the venue, so there’s bound to be something to suit all budgets. For information on where to stay, visit this NT guide on where to stay in Darwin 
But if you’re after a little bit of luxury, why not stay at the Training Week venue, the Darwin Hilton? Enjoy spectacular views of the Darwin Harbour over drinks or dine at the multi-award-winning PepperBerry restaurant.

Discounted accommodation at the Hilton is available  Hilton Darwin Discount 

Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors

AHA Training Week Sponsors and Exhibitors have the opportunity to share their products, services and expertise with Australia’s leading hydrographers and water quality professionals.

By becoming an Event Sponsor or Exhibitor, you can:

  • increase your brand awareness
  • strengthen your profile in the industry
  • access a targeted and engaged audience
  • be recognised for supporting and advancing the field of hydrometry and water monitoring, and
  • demonstrate your social responsibility by keeping the event accessible and affordable for all.

Exhibitors will have the opportunity to display a trade table in the catering area so their goods and services will be at the forefront during all those important break times over the three days. Exhibitor investment is $2,200 and includes registration for 1 representative

Sponsorship add-ons are available for the following networking events and training sessions (* 1 available per category):

  • Networking Drinks Sponsor (Mon, 16 Sept): $1,100
  • Hydrometric Monitoring Session Sponsor: $1,650
  • Water Quality Session Sponsor: $1,650
  • Groundwater Session Sponsor: $1,650
  • Networking Dinner Sponsor (Tues, 17 Sept): $2,200
  • Field Day Sponsor (Thurs, 19 Sept): $1,650

Sponsorship add-ons include pre and post-event acknowledgement, branding, logo and banner displays.

Priority for sponsorship and exhibition will be given to our ★★★★ 4-star Corporate Partners so this is a perfect opportunity to consider becoming an AHA partner.

Register your interest in becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor now. Sponsorship is allocated on first accepted, first served basis




For more information please contact:

Agnes Zalan
BM Conferences
E: events@bmconferences.com.au
M: 0418 147 831