The Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) program is supported and accredited by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and the University of Arizona, Tucson. It 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 for the courses is authored by industry specialists and presented by course providers like Imperial College, UBC Sauder School of Business, and EduMine, and delivered through an integration of online learning, short courses and interactive webcasts. Each year, the program delivers close to 100 short courses and interactive webcasts and provides on demand 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 CMS is designed to the requirements of the global mining community. It minimizes the need for travel and time away from the job and allows you to complete the program in your own time. And you can structure your own CMS program from a range of qualifying courses and providers to suit your career objectives.
CMS requirements include a minimum of 160 hours of on demand, self-directed, online courses and 9 days of attendance at instructor-led courses that can be either face-to-face classroom courses or synchronous interactive webcasts. For each instructor-led course, completion of a graded take-away project is also required. These requirements are met by completing a selection of qualifying courses that match your career objectives as well as time and travel constraints. CMS students have five years to complete the program, although most finish within one to two years.
Qualifying courses are available in seven streams including exploration, engineering, environment and community, mining, management and financial, mineral processing, and health plus safety and human resources. A personal CMS program may be spread across several streams. In addition to meeting career enhancement objectives, many CMS students are in the program for cross-training purposes.