Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Talk to Your Professional Association about CPD and eLearning Benefits


Many professional associations for mining and geoscience professionals today recognize formal eLearning as credit towards CPD (continuing professional development) obligations. This is a significant benefit since busy professionals can take qualifying on-demand online courses in their own time from any location with a decent Internet connection. EduMine has taken steps to ensure that, in general, the format and methodology of its online courses meet the CPD qualifying criteria of professional associations. This includes a robust certification methodology that confirms achievement of the planned learning outcomes

New Online Course: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

The extractive industries have the dual responsibility of protecting their people and operations as well as respecting the human rights of their employees and the members of the communities in which they work. In our newest online course, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, Monkey Forest’s Tom Green provides an introduction to the VPSHR, and discusses risk assessment in the context of providing a secure working environment and protecting the human rights of employees and surrounding communities, human rights abuse allegations and the procedures

Mining Schools are Using Specialist Online Courses to Fill the Gaps in a Mining Curriculum

Global Shortage of Qualified Faculty

There is a global shortage of faculty for mining, and cash strapped mining schools are in a weak position to compete with industry for qualified people to fill faculty positions. One solution is to fill the gaps in a mining school curriculum with relatively low cost online courses and webinars designed as continuing education and training for the professional mining audience. This is not to suggest that online courses and webinars are a replacement for qualified faculty, but rather that they can usefully and cost-effectively

Geosynthetics in Mining: New Online Course

Geosynthetics in Mining

We’re very excited to have launched our newest online course, Geosynthetics in Mining. The course provides an introduction to the types of geosynthetics used in mine structures. From there, the course details the ways in which the many different types of geosynthetics can be used to build safe mine structures. The course is written by three engineers with years of industry experience: Jack Caldwell, Colleen Crystal, and Tarik Hadj-Hamou. Geosynthetics in Mining uses case studies drawn from the authors’ combined 75 years of experience to

EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – Fall 2014


Summer’s coming to a close, the kids are heading back to school, and it’s a great time for you to catch up on your professional development hours and learn some new skills! Take a look at our upcoming live webcasts and short courses as you plan your schedule for October/November. Early booking is advised as some courses have limited seats available! We are pleased to welcome back world renowned experts in their subject matter for this fall’s schedule of short courses. To highlight just a

Make the Most of Your Online Learning Experience


Surveys of North American universities over the last 10 years have consistently found that most chief academic officers (77%) rate the learning outcomes for online education “as good as or better” than those for face-to-face instruction (Allen and Seaman (2013)). There are good reasons for this, an online course is typically developed for a much larger audience than a face-to-face classroom course, and the content is typically written by an industry specialist or SME and assembled into an online course by an educational expert, i.e.

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting the Job You Want in Mining


These are not the easiest of times to find a job in mining. The economic climate of the mining industry means that few companies are expanding and many are still shrinking. None-the-less there are always job opportunities out there, created by people retiring, changing jobs and generally moving around. The mining industry employs a wide variety of specialists, from engineers, geologists and metallurgists to accountants, human resource professionals, technicians and managers. Job opportunities are never non-existent, they are occasionally limited. If you are not successful

Do You Know your Arkose from your Elkerite?


AS A GEOLOGIST YOU SHOULD! If you need help, consult the Dictionary of Mining, Mineral and Related Terms. The original version of this dictionary was compiled by the US Bureau of Mines, which closed in 1995. EduMine assumed responsibility for support and development of the dictionary and it now includes nearly 30,000 terms with extensive cross-reference support. The dictionary is just one component of EduMine’s online knowledge resource; other components include mining courses, tools and reference lists. Together these comprise the largest resource of “how-to”

Courses on Geotechnics, Rock Mechanics and Hydrology


The engineering aspects of a mine are paramount for stability, safety, and economical extraction. If you cannot move, open, and control the earth, you will not have a mine. If you cannot predict, model, and manipulate the water, you will not have a mine. Stay up-to-date on the most recent developments in and methods for geological and hydrogeological engineering at mines. EduMine’s live courses offer the opportunity to learn directly from industry specialists. Live webcasts can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection, and

How to Retain Young Professionals in Mining

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current young professionals work group (up to age 35), commonly referred to as “millennials” or “Gen Y’ers”, spends an average of 1.8 years in a job before moving on. At any one time, 60% of this group are looking for new career opportunities while still employed. Career and lifestyle aspirations are even more important to them than pay or their relationship with their managers. In addition, millennials do not need to be highly dissatisfied with their

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