Campbell Scientific Australia Training courses

Are you looking for a way to gain experience and skills in monitoring environmental data for your business? Do you want to expand your data logging knowledge? Perhaps you need to brush up on your programming skills?

At Campbell Scientific Australia (CSA), we have created industry-leading, comprehensive and hands-on training courses that will increase your technical skills in environmental monitoring. Our courses help you to:

  • Explore the potential of widely-used Campbell Scientific data loggers and equipment
  • Gain marketable skills in environmental data collection
  • Connect with a monitoring expert and join a growing network of professionals

All of our courses are held at the Campbell Scientific Australia offices in Townsville, Queensland. You will have the opportunity to meet all of our staff and see behind the scenes how we operate. The courses have been scheduled at key times within the Townsville events calendar, allowing you to come to Townsville and attend a Cowboys NRL match or attend the Townsville 400 V8 race should you wish to.

About Our Courses

Course Content

Our courses are hosted across five consecutive days. You can choose to attend one, two or all three courses throughout the week. It is recommended that the courses be completed in order. Please refer to the below course outlines to see which course is best suited for you.

Field Operators Training Course - 1 Day (Monday)

Our 1 day field operators course is geared toward installers and field operators of Campbell Scientific data loggers and equipment. The course covers an introduction to using Loggernet software, best practice for installation of a weather station and significant discussion regarding troubleshooting techniques and maintenance procedures when conducting site visits. Whether you are a new or experienced user, the course will provide you with the ability to connect to data loggers, install and check instruments as well as what to do when troubleshooting issues.

Programming & Software Training Course - 2 Days (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Our 2 day programming and software course is suitable for all users of Campbell Scientific data loggers.
The first day of the course provides a good introduction to using our software to administer, program and collect data from the new generation of data loggers. The second day will teach you the basics of customising a data logger program to suit your sensor and data storage requirements.
Suitable for users of all current Campbell Scientific data loggers, beginners are welcome. Bring along any sensors that you are using with the data loggers and we can help with any wiring or programming concerns.

Communications Course - 2 Days (Thursday and Friday)

Our 2 day communications course is aimed at intermediate to advanced users of Campbell Scientific data loggers wanting to learn how to program for and connect their data loggers to communication networks. The course covers cell phone modems, ethernet networks and spread spectrum radios, how to connect them to the data logger and how to program for these devices to provide information over services such as Email, FTP and SMS. We also cover methods for connecting to and administering a data logger via Loggernet and cloud based platforms over these communications devices.

There is some intermediate difficulty programming to be done in this course, please make sure that you have had some experience with programming the data loggers before attending or you may not gain the full value of the material. Ideally you will have previously attended the 2 Day Programming and Software Course or the 3 Day CRBasic Programming Course and had time to practice the concepts from those courses.

Course training dates

We will be hosting our courses during 3 separate weeks throughout the year as follows:

Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April 2020

Arrive in Townsville a few days early to see our local footy team the North Queensland Cowboys play the Parramatta Eels* at the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville on Saturday 28th March.

Monday 29 June to 3 July 2020

Should you wish to arrive in Townsville a day or two earlier you could attend the Watpac Townsville 400 V8 Supercars race* held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June.

Alternatively stay on a few extra days to attend the Northern Fringe Festival*, running alongside the North Australian Festival of Arts commencing 2nd July.

Monday 17 August to Friday 21 August 2020

Whilst you're in Townsville, see our local footy team the North Queensland Cowboys play the Sharks* at the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Thursday 20 August at 7:50pm.

*denotes optional activities at the cost of the attendee


In 2020, all of our training courses will be hosted in Townsville, which allows us to offer you the best training experience.
Advantages of Training in Townsville

There are many advantages to attending training in Townsville including

  • Our location in Tropical North Queensland means we have beautiful weather all year round. Even in ‘winter’ our daily temperatures rarely drop far below 25 degrees celsius, so you can explore our beautiful region whilst you aren’t in training.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet the CSA team and see how we operate
  • You’ll be comfortable in our modern, well equipped and air-conditioned training facility
  • Our training courses use the latest equipment in the new CR1000X and the CELL220
  • Attend a CSA hosted dinner on Wednesday night

Where to Explore

Whilst you’re in Townsville, make the most of all it has to offer and find out more about some popular tourist attractions.

Magnetic Island

Consider extending your stay and relax at Magnetic Island before you return home. Easily accessible from Townsville, Magnetic Island presents a striking landscape of massive granite boulders, towering hoop pines, scenic sandy bays and fringing reefs. The island is noted for its abundant wildlife and varied history. Explore the island's most picturesque spots via a 36-kilometre network of walking tracks. Look for koalas, rock wallabies, possums and a variety of birds. Swim or snorkel in secluded sandy bays and explore diverse reef and fish life.

If you wish to stay in Townsville, be sure to check out the following places

Billabong Sanctuary

Billabong Sanctuary is an animal lovers paradise where you can feed and / or hold many native Australian animals including koalas, wombats, kangaroos, dingoes, crocodiles, snakes and more.

Keeper Reef Dive Site

If you’re into diving Keeper Reef, is a must see. Located off Townsville, Keeper Reef offers a wonderful dive for those that love to explore healthy coral gardens. It is easy to get lost at this dive site as the coral gardens are divided by ridges and bommies, creating a coral maze.

Some of the best corals at Keeper Reef are the beautiful gorgonians and spikey soft corals. Going no deeper than 16 metres divers will see schools of fusiliers, coral trout, rabbitfish, batfish, turtles, whitetip reef sharks, sweetlips and barramundi cod. There are also plenty of ledges to investigate, which are home to crayfish, rock cods, squirrelfish and shrimps.

Nautilus Aviation Helicopter Flights

For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps.

Departing daily, in Queensland you can jump on board a scenic helicopter flight , enjoy a reef and rainforest day package, escape to a secluded sand cay, cast a line with HeliFish, design a tour of your own or, for the more adventurous, take the controls and fly yourself!

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef.

Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the water depths. Discover beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.

Home to the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, the 2.5 million litre coral reef exhibition will open your eyes to an amazing world filled with thousands of charismatic marine creatures.

Travel and Accommodation

Getting here

Getting to Townsville is easy. You can fly direct to Townsville from Darwin, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney as well as a number of regional areas. To find out about travel routes and the airlines that service these routes, visit the Townsville Airport website.

Where to stay

There are a number of accommodation options available to you. Here are some that we recommend as they are comfortable, value for money and close to our office where your training will happen.

Contact the hotels directly for up to date pricing for your dates as the below prices are indicative only.

Aquarius on the Beach

75 The Strand, North Ward, Townsville, 07 4772 4255
Standard Studio w/sea view (levels 1-10) start from $135/night
Horizon Studio w/sea view (levels 11-13) start from $139/night

Find out more here

Quest apartment Hotels

30-34 Palmer Street, Townsville, 07 4726 4444
Studios start from $189/night
One BR apartments start from $225/night
Two BR executive apartments start from $373/night

Find out more here

Mercure Townsville

166 Woolcock Street, Townsville, 07 4759 4900
Standard Queen rooms start from $129/night
Other room configurations are available

Find out more here

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend a training course?

From an employer’s perspective, the more people who know how to use existing equipment, the better. Sometimes legacy systems left to new users can be difficult to understand - and that's where training on widely-used equipment can come in handy.

For employees, increased confidence in using the equipment leads to better results in the field – more effective trouble shooting, more accurate data acquisition, and ultimately better data.

Robust systems require users with skills. A deeper understanding of the different system components allows users to make the most of their monitoring equipment, giving you a better chance at success. Personalised instruction and assistance provided in our training courses makes these powerful systems easier to understand and more accessible. Campbell Scientific equipment is widely used around the world, and because measurement concepts are universal, you will acquire transferable skills needed in the data acquisition industry.

By learning from the experts – our team of Technical Sales Consultants - you will build industry connections that you can reach out to for advice, allowing you to feel more comfortable working with these flexible monitoring systems in the office or in the field. Attending a CSA training course also affords you the opportunity to interact and network with other industry experts and like-minded individuals. It is a chance to join a growing network of professionals while increasing your technical skills!

Will I meet the CSA team?

Yes. One of the benefits of hosting our training sessions in Townsville is that you will be able to meet the team at morning tea and dinner on the Wednesday night.

Will I be using current equipment throughout the course?

Yes. We will be showcasing the CR1000X and the CELL220 products amongst other new product lines.

Can I bring along my sensors?

Yes. If you bring your own sensor we can assist in troubleshooting any issues you may have. Even if you aren’t experiencing any problems, training can often be more useful if you’re using the same equipment in training as you are out in the field.

Do I have to attend all 5 days?

No. The course is split into 3 different training sessions and they won’t all be suitable for your individual needs. So you can choose to attend just one, two or all three training courses.
Monday’s session is for field operators or those who are going to be installing the equipment. It is suitable for both new or experienced users.

Day 2 and 3 has our programming and software training course, where we offer an introduction into using our software to administer, program and collect data from the new generation of data loggers and the second day moves on to how to customise a data logger program to suit your sensor and data storage requirements.

Days 4 and 5 are aimed at intermediate or advanced users of Campbell Scientific data loggers and teaches you how to program for and connect your data loggers to communications networks such as cell phone modems, ethernet networks and spread spectrum radios.

Where should I stay?

Townsville offers a number of accommodation options and we have selected the best value for money accommodation that are close to our office where you will attend training.

What does a typical training day look like?

Each day training starts at 8:30am. Our office is open from 8:00am to allow you enough time to arrive, get your morning caffeine and settle in. Your training course registration covers tea and coffee, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch whilst you are attending the course.

We will also host a group dinner one night during the week. The night of the dinner will be decided once final attendance numbers are confirmed.

How do I get to Townsville?

You can fly direct to Townsville from Darwin, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and other regional areas. To find out about travel routes and the airlines that service our routes, visit the Townsville Airport website.

What do I need to bring?

Please ensure you have a laptop with loggernet software installed. If you don’t have loggernet, you can purchase this software for 50% off the list price (only available for training course attendees).

You may also wish to bring your own sensor if there are specific questions you have, we will help you troubleshoot and get the most out of your equipment. If bringing your sensor isn't an option, let us know, we may have one available at CSA. 

Do you cater for specific dietary requirements?

We sure do. Just let us know when you register for your course, and we’ll make sure you are catered for correctly.

Terms and Conditions

  • All courses are taught using the latest version of LoggerNet software (Currently Version 4.x) Upgrade versions and full copies are also available with a 50% discount.
  • All attendees are required to bring a laptop with RS-232 connection to the course. NOTE - NOT ALL LAPTOPS HAVE RS232. Please check before attending, we recommend using the TARGUS PA088U USB to Serial Adapter CSA Part 17394 if required.
  • Catering is fully supplied for all scheduled training courses which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of registration. Failure to do so, may result in catering requirements not being met.
  • Please arrive by 8:15am, training commences 8:30 AM each morning and finishes typically between 3:30pm and 5:00pm each day. Finish times vary depending on the progress of course materials. Our trainer is available until 5:00pm for questions. Course commences 8:30 AM each morning and finishes at 5:00pm. Early finishes may occur depending on time. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is held at approximately at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:15pm respectively.
  • All fees must be paid in full prior to the commencement of the course by either credit card (attracts a 1.5% surcharge) or invoice (for credit approved clients). Full refunds are given up to 2 weeks before the course, cancellations after this time attract a charge of 50% the course fee. No refund is given for cancellations made less than 2 full business days prior to the commencement of the training course.
  • Participant substitutes are welcome at any time prior to commencement of the course. No substitutions will be accepted after the course has begun.
  • Campbell Scientific will endeavour to facilitate all courses as scheduled, however if courses need to be cancelled due to insufficient enrolments or circumstance beyond our control we reserve the right to postpone or cancel the course. In the event a course must be cancelled or the location of the course change, registrants will be informed 21 days prior to the start of the course. Registrants will be offered a place at the next scheduled course or a full refund of any payment made.

Changes to our training policy

We review the above training cancellation policy regularly and will update it from time to time.

How to contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions about this policy:
Phone: +61 (0)7 4401 7700

Currently, there are no training courses open for enrolment.