A Collaborative Model for Continuing Education and Training in Mining


The Certificate in Mining Studies program supported by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and the University of Arizona, Tucson is a collaborative initiative between mining schools and industry to provide accessible, cost-effective, accredited continuing education and training, designed to address the future needs of the global mining community.

Content is authored by industry specialists and presented by course providers like Imperial College, Sauder School of Business, and EduMine, and delivered through an integration of online learning, short courses and interactive webcasts. Accreditation is provided by a network of mining schools. Each year, the program delivers close to 100 short courses and interactive webcasts and provides 24/7 access to more than 160 online courses in seven mining streams, to participants in North America and from as far afield as Tanzania, Argentina and Mongolia.

The program is proving adaptable to corporate and mine site engineer-in-training and graduate-development programs, as well as providing accessible professional development opportunities for professionals. It also provides opportunities for cross-training from other disciplines and integration with mining school curricula.

The CMS provides a cost-effective, innovative response to the need for continuing education and training in the mining industry. It has received an enthusiastic and growing reception from individuals as well as corporations within the industry, and is currently being integrated within project training programs.

It also provides a platform for capture and dissemination of knowledge from a graying and shrinking generation of mining specialists. The CMS must expand its network and its course offerings in order to increase its accessibility to the global mining community and become a viable long-term solution.

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Simon Houlding was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.

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