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, face-to-face short courses and interactive live webcasts delivered by industry specialists and supplemented by graded take-away assignments. Young professionals can structure their own unique CMS program by selecting components from a wide range of courses and providers in different locations to suit individual career objectives, and receive a certificate of confirmation from a top mining school.
The CMS provides working mining and geoscience professionals with the most direct path to their career objectives. Young professionals set their own learning plans at a variable pace that is compatible with their individual schedules, lives, and work experiences, and they select courses, topics and learning outcomes that match their career objectives. The CMS maximizes the utility of the learning experience while minimizing cost and interference with the work schedule.
The CMS is directly in line with current innovative thinking and policy with respect to continuing education (Kinney (2014)). It holds enormous potential to transform continuing education in mining by lowering costs, increasing value, better aligning to workforce needs, and providing more flexibility for working young professionals. The future of continuing education lies in providing today’s students with access to the education they need to succeed, when they need it.
The expanding CMS network currently includes:
- The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia
- The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona
- EduMine – the Professional Development Division of InfoMine Inc.
- The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia
- Continuing Professional Development at Imperial College, London, UK
- The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver BC