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Professional Certificate in
Foundations of Modern Mining
UQx and CurtinX

What you will learn

  • Apply the lens of the value chain to review and critically analyse all aspects of the business of mining and its associated stakeholders.
  • Analyse the complexities of the lifecycle of a mine through a systems approach from discovery to rehabilitation.
  • Explain how innovation has and will continue to impact the evolution of mining and business processes.
  • Create innovative solutions to contemporary problems in the mining sector.
  • Analyse how mining contributes to the sustainable development of society.
  • Distinguish and classify capabilities required across evolving roles and operating models within the mining sector.
  • Articulate the importance of an integrated organisational culture that delivers on safety, productivity and engagement.

The mining industry is in the midst of a skills and knowledge shift, and the Foundations of Modern Mining Professional Certificate, developed by Curtin University and the University of Queensland in partnership with industry, provides learners with a contemporary knowledge base and skill set to equip them for the economic, technical, societal and environmental challenges of modern mining.

The program is designed to provide learners with a thorough overview of the operational aspects of the modern minerals and mining sector. It will challenge their understanding of how mining can operate within the constraints of sustainability, a remote and dispersed workforce whose health, safety, and wellness are paramount, and the optimisation and automation of operations in an increasingly technical and complex landscape.

Expert instruction
6 skill-building courses
1 year
4 - 5 hours per week
$1,794
USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. UQx and CurtinX's Foundations of Modern Mining Professional Certificate

  2. 4–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    This course provides learners with an overview of the mining sector through the lens of the value chain, examining how companies and other stakeholders explore for and then transform a mineral resource to create valuable products and other forms of capital.

  3. 4–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    This course provides learners with an overview of the role of minerals in society, the history of the sustainable development agenda, and the emerging focus on the relationship between mineral development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  4. Starts Jan 26, 2021
    4–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    This course provides learners with an overview of the technical operating components of a mining system that moves valuable material from ore, as it resides in the ground, to a beneficiated product that is saleable at various points along the value chain.

  5. Started Dec 8, 2020
    3–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    Do you strive to become a leader in the mining industry? What opportunities and challenges do you think you are likely to encounter? In this course explore the role of leadership capabilities within the mining sector, with an emphasis on incorporating diversity, leading technical teams, and developing techniques to foster an inclusive and progressive culture.

  6. Starts Apr 13, 2021
    4–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    This course provides learners with an overview of applications of digital technology across the value chain, including automation, monitoring and remote operations, to optimise the value extracted from a minerals deposit. It will also investigate how digitisation of the sector will likely change the required mining skills of the workforce, enhancing the safe exploitation of an orebody.

  7. Starts Apr 12, 2021
    3–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    Welcome to Health, Safety and Wellness in Mining where you will explore key concepts in the management of health, safety and wellness in mining workforces and communities, including the impacts of new technologies and the importance of human factor considerations.

    • Mining industry graduate program employees and applicants; Current industry employees without a mining background, but who provide professional support services within the mining industry
    • Industry employees and contractors wishing to widen their knowledge of the mining and minerals business beyond their current area of work, either for promotion or as part of transformation.
    • Potential employees who would like a better understanding of the mining industry.
    • Existing Mining industry employees and contractors will find this course widens their knowledge of the mining and minerals business beyond their current area of work, for professional development, promotion or as part of transformation.
    • Potential Mining industry employees will find this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the industry and the wide range of operational challenges it faces in a modern environment.

Meet your instructors

from The University of Queensland (UQx), Curtin University (CurtinX)
Elaine Wightman
Senior Research Fellow
The University of Queensland
Robin Evans
Program Leader, Knowledge Transfer
The University of Queensland
Eric Lilford
Associate Professor
Curtin University
Carmel Bofinger
Associate Professor
Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland
Bryan Maybee
Associate Professor, WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Curtin University
Sharyn Cobbin
Education and Training Manager
Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland

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Program endorsements

Minerals Council of Australia

Demand for skilled workers is growing, and more flexible, higher quality and responsive education, training and workforce development is crucial to build the minerals workforce of the future. Support for this certificate course is part of a long-term substantial investment by MCA member companies to ensure the quality supply of Australian graduates for the mining industry. Effective, collaborative partnerships across industry, universities, government and the community are essential to reinvigorate learning pathways, student experiences and outcomes to attract and engage diverse talent.

Tania Constable , CEO, Minerals Council of Australia

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