Is Your Exploration Team Trained to Deal with Community and Cultural Issues?

e3Pluse3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration was developed by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental, and health and safety performance. e3 Plus is an information resource on which explorers are encouraged to base their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and programs.

e3 Plus includes eight principles for responsible exploration, guidance notes on implementing the principles, and three internet-based toolkits in the areas of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and health and safety. The eight principles are relevant to all exploration contexts. The guidance notes are offered to assist practitioners in converting the principles into action.

Under a negotiated agreement with the PDAC, EduMine has transformed the e3 Plus guidance notes into a set of online courses. The courses are based on self-directed learning principles and can be taken from anywhere with an Internet connection. They include certification that is accredited as continuing professional development (CPD) and qualifies as credit towards university certificates.

The set of courses is divided into three areas of application:

with an overview and guidance notes in a separate module, Principles and Guidance.

Anyone can now get e3Plus Certification online relatively painlessly from the nearest Internet connection. There is little or no excuse left for the sort of community alienation issues that have dogged many exploration projects in the past, and proven so costly to their owners.

If you think your exploration group would benefit from e3Plus Certification then make an appointment to meet with an EduMine professional ( to discuss requirements.

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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