Why Should The Nielsen Environmental Field School Do Your On-Site Training? One Word: EXPERIENCE

All of our on-site courses are instructed by the principals of The Nielsen Environmental Field School, David M. Nielsen and Gillian L. Nielsen. Combined, they have more than 7 decades of practical field and training experience. They are seasoned professionals who have been in the forefront of environmental education for more than 35 years each and they have taught more than 5000 environmental professionals from around the world over their careers. You can be confident that your instructors know their subject matter inside and out, and they know how to convey it to your staff in the most effective manner possible.  You can learn more about their experience by clicking here.

David and Gillian have earned many prestigious awards within the environmental industry for their work in the area of technical standards development, significant editorial contributions to peer-reviewed professional journals, and contributions to the environmental industry. In addition, they have authored a number of technical papers and several top-selling books on subjects including environmental site characterization, ground-water monitoring, ground-water sampling and environmental applications of drilling and direct-push technology.

On occasion, our clients will select a topic of interest that is outside of the personal expertise of our principal instructors. In rare situations like these, we can call in outside expertise from a pool of recognized experts in their field that we use as support instructors.

What Factors Does the Nielsen Environmental Field School Consider when Customizing an On-Site Training Course?

Course format, length, timing, experience level of your staff and field equipment needs are all elements that we consider when we develop your customized course.

On-site courses are typically classroom only; we can include field sessions only if you provide suitable field sites and the required field equipment.  On-site courses can range from 2 to 4 days in length, and can be held any time during the work week.  If you are unsure about course length, we can make a recommendation based on the subjects you want to cover and the level of detail you desire (and, if you want to include field sessions, the amount of time you'd like to spend in the field). For example, on the subject of ground-water sampling, we can construct a classroom-only curriculum of 2 or 3 days.  We can also include 1 or 2 half-day field sessions, depending on the depth of coverage you want.

For field sessions, you must provide both the field sites and field equipment.  That way, we can train your staff on proper operation of equipment you own and/or use.  We are familiar with most major brands of field equipment, from pumps and grab samplers to field analytical instruments and test kits. For our International clients,  we make every attempt to identify and work with equipment suppliers local to you. It makes sense to learn about the equipment available to you and it helps us keep course budgets in check.

Is On-Site Training the Best Option for Your Group?

If you have a group of 15 or more staff to train, on-site training can easily be cost effective, but we have developed and instructed on-site courses for groups as small as 10 and as large as 100! Here are some of the creative ways that our clients have built on-site training into their programs:

  • Incorporate it into annual corporate meetings as a technical refresher session
  • Incorporate it into trade or professional association annual meetings as a service to the members
  • Satisfy the problem of training staff when out-of-state travel budgets are restricted
  • Bring in unbiased outside experts to work with staff to resolve project-specific issues
  • Provide guidance on adopting and using new field protocols to ensure consistency, as well as accuracy and precision in field data
  • Ensure standardization of field practices and procedures for in-house field staff and field personnel contracted to perform field work

Ask yourself if you have the following:

  • A need to update the technical knowledge of your staff
  • A desire to stay competitive in the marketplace
  • A need for multiple staff to earn CEUs to maintain their existing professional registrations or certifications
  • A desire to get your staff certified under the International Certification Program for Environmental Samplers and Specialists
If you have even one of these needs, then on-site training may be right for your staff! 


The 3C's of On-Site Training -- All Advantages to You!

Co$t $aving$!

On-site training can often save you from 25% to 40% over conventional open-enrollment training. You pay one lump sum fee for up to 15 people (for a nominal per-person cost, we can accommodate more if your group is larger). You don't pay staff travel costs, so you can train more people for less money. The actual amount saved depends on the length of the course and the number of people attending. Savings are greatest for multiple-day courses with higher attendance. The pricing for each on-site course includes: course planning, administration and development; instructor labor and expenses;  training materials that include highly refined PowerPoint presentations, high-quality course notebooks, weatherproof field notebooks and field reference materials; and course completion certificates for each student that attends the entire course. 

Let's Do the Math...

First, consider how much it costs to send one of your staff to a typical 2-day open-enrollment course. The average per-person cost is about $2250.00 which includes registration fees, airfare, hotel, rental car and gas, per diem, parking, tolls, and miscellaneous expenses. The cost to send one staff member to a typical 4-day course is about $3500.00. To send 15 staff, multiply that by 15; your cost to train 15 staff for 2 days is $33,750.00; for 4 days, $52,500.00 - Ouch!

Our on-site course price for a 2-day course for up to 15 people is $22,425.00 (plus travel expenses for 2 instructors) or a savings of about 25%; our on-site course price for a 4-day course for up to 15 people is $28,425.00 (plus travel expenses for 2 instructors) or a savings of about 40%.

How Will On-Site Training Save My Company Money?
By bringing The Nielsen Environmental Field School to your office and field site, you can realize significant cost savings in the following areas:

No staff travel costs that can really add up:

  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel room
  • Meals
  • Parking and tolls
  • Rental car and rental car gas
  • Miscellaneous expenses

More efficient use of employee time:

  • No costs associated with travel time
  • No overtime associated with longer work days during remote training
  • No weekend travel time costs
  • No distractions during training associated with calling back to the office throughout the day


We come to you! No longer do you have to worry about the hassles of traveling to a remote location for training! You can schedule training when you need it at a location convenient to you. Your staff won't lose valuable time traveling to a remote location at an inconvenient time that doesn't fit into your work schedule.  The course schedule can be designed to fit into the constraints of your standard work day to avoid employer expenses of worker overtime if necessary.


One of the greatest advantages of on-site training is that if you find that one of our standard classroom-only courses won't fit the bill, we will work with you to develop a customized course that meets your specific training needs. You select the subject matter and we assist in developing a curriculum that meets your objectives. You are not limited to "off-the-shelf" presentations. If you choose to provide us with your SOPs during the course development stage, we can address your specific practices and procedures throughout the course, thereby ensuring relevance of the entire course to everyone in your group. Because the course is held in the privacy of your facility, candid discussions of procedures and issues of concern are encouraged. Of course, all client-specific SOPs and in-course discussions are considered to be strictly confidential by Nielsen Environmental Field School staff. Many clients have specific topics of interest and time can be proportioned accordingly. On-site courses usually consist of classroom sessions only, but we can also include field sessions if you provide suitable field sites and the required field equipment. Our goal is to ensure that everyone will learn things that they can use immediately on the job whether they are field technicians, environmental scientists, compliance specialists, project managers, supervisors, or other staff.