Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

IGF is a Platform for Capacity Building of Governments in Developing Countries

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Much of the world’s mining takes place in developing countries. Global mining policy dictates that the benefits of mining should be shared equitably with local governments and communities. Yet governments in those countries are frequently unprepared for the responsibilities of dealing with the mining industry and effectively representing their communities. The IGF (Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development), held this week over four days in Geneva, is a platform for dialog with governments in developing countries with an emphasis on capacity building

An Innovative Solution to Enhancing the Mining Curriculum

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There is a shortage of qualified, experienced faculty with which to build adequate curricula at mining schools around the world. One of the best ways to counter this is to involve industry specialists in the teaching process wherever possible. However, industry specialists tend to be in great demand and have limited availability. The solution is to get industry specialists to develop online, on-demand courses that can be taken by anyone in the global mining community at any time…i.e. to dramatically increase the teaching effectiveness of

Ensuring the Relevance of Training and Development in Mining


The training and development function often struggles to remain relevant and demonstrate business value (Lindenberg (2014)). This is particularly true in mining. To remain relevant, training must connect to the strategic goals of the organization, involve stakeholders at all levels of the organization in training initiatives, and build an environment that encourages continuous and candid feedback on training efforts. The relevance of training and development can be stated in terms of its long and short term contributions to the corporate value chain. The long term

How Much Do You Really Know About Mining?

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The 360° Mining Challenge is a short online quiz that challenges your general knowledge of mining. The challenge is presented online to promote increased knowledge and a better understanding of the global mining industry. Take the challenge to see how street smart you really are in mining. 2,879 individuals from 98 countries have completed the challenge to date. With a median score of 11/25 and an average of 13/25, fewer than 50% of all individuals could answer more than half the challenge questions correctly. This

What’s New in Environmental and Social Issues in Mining at EduMine Online

Cómo establecer una licencia social para operar en minería

It has been a busy season for the courses in our Environmental and Social Issues in Mining application. Over the past few months, we’ve launched two new courses (one in English and one in Spanish) as well as sweeping updates to a popular online course, Establishing a Social License to Operate in Mining. We’re also hard at work on updates to the course Acid Rock Drainage Prediction as well as the development of a new course, Strategic Social Management. Watch for announcements about those courses

Who, What and How Statistics for Professional Development and Training in Mining


EduMine ( is the mining industry’s largest provider of online courses for professional development and training with a library of 160+ courses covering every aspect of mining. EduMine also presents another 60+ courses each year in face-to-face classroom format and live webcast format. The statistics presented below provide guidance as to who is taking which courses and how they are achieving this. The following statistics are derived from website analytics collected over 12 months of operation of the website Audience by Country Audience by

Mining Professionals Need Flexibility in Continuing Education


The changing profile of today’s young professional in mining and the geosciences requires us to find new, innovative ways to deliver high-quality, affordable continuing education. Young working professionals typically must balance a career, family responsibilities, and their personal lives with the demands of continuing education and professional development. The CMS (Certificate in Mining Studies) is a continuing education program supported by a network of top mining schools and providers of high quality professional development courses. It is a blended learning program of on-demand online courses,

New Spanish Online Course: Cómo establecer una licencia social en minería

Cómo establecer una licencia social para operar en minería

We have just launched a new Spanish online course: Cómo establecer una licencia social en minería. This is a translation and updated version of Robert Boutilier and Ian Thomson’s course Establishing a Social Licence to Operate in Mining. This course is for anyone concerned with sustainable community relationships in mining: professionals, managers, regulators, NGOs, community leaders and graduate students. The course explains how a mining company can earn and maintain a social licence to operate. For more information, visit the course introduction page. You can

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

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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

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