Tribal Environmental Management

Writing Quality Assurance Project Plans


An EPA-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) is required to implement EPA-funded work that involves acquisition of environmental data from direct measurement activities, collected from other sources, or compiled from computerized databases and information systems. Data gathering projects, including those that are self-funded, require a QAPP to ensure the project is designed and documented to provide legally-defensible data. 

This course is for tribal professionals who are either writing a new QAPP or updating an existing QAPP.  An outline of a QAPP is provided with all 24 elements, page headers, and a table of contents. The course provides example documents and resources for the following pollutants:

  • Ozone with a Continuous Method
  • PM2.5 with a Continuous Method
  • PM2.5 with a Filter Method
  • PM10 with a Continuous Method
  • Meteorological Monitoring
  • Radon

If you are writing a QAPP for a pollutant not listed, the available information may still be helpful. Contact the instructors with questions.

NOTE: If your project is US EPA-funded, your regional office may have specific guidance. This course is for everyone and strictly adheres to US EPA and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidance, but does not take into account specific requirements from different EPA regions. Each EPA region has a QA resources page and it is important you consult that page and your regional contacts.


Chris Lee, Christopher.Lee@nau.edu, 702-784-8264; Melinda Ronca-Battista, Melinda.Ronca-Battista@nau.edu, 602-616-2218.