Certifications And Designations For Careers In Mining

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The mining industry encompasses so much more than a bunch of people working underground.

From finance and design to extraction and reclamation, there are many different paths one can take within the industry.

On that note, there are also many different ways you can enhance your skills and credentials in the mining industry:

The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

This five-module course begins by teaching participants the fundamentals of mining and ends up by analyzing topics such as how to structure investments in and outside of Canada, and how mining policies are developed.

Taught by a faculty of over 35 geologists, lawyers, business executives and mining economists at York University, you will come away with a greater understanding of how the industry of mining meshes with the industry of law, and what key legal and business issues already exist within the mining sector. Held at a conference centre in downtown Toronto and also available online as a webcast, the 2013 program is underway already.

Mining Engineers, Geologists, Environmental Engineers and Financial Services professionals are just a sampling of who could gain invaluable knowledge and experience from this type of coursework.

Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP)

Mining Industry Human Resources Council

The relatively new Canadian Mining Certification Program allows current mining employees to be recognized by the industry as skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. A huge bonus to these credentials are that they are completely portable, offering the flexibility of pursuing employment opportunities at different mines across the country. This enhances career prospects and accelerates your career overall!

Certification is available in a wide range of occupations, including Production Miners, Development Miners, Heavy Equipment Operators and Mill Operators.

The CMCP is now operating at 16 different sites or companies across Canada with about 380 workers certified and many more currently undergoing assessment.

The CMCP certification process is fairly simple:

First, you register with the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) through your workplace and receive documentation. Then you demonstrate required skills and complete certain tasks while a Workplace Assessor, chosen by your employer and trained by MiHR, tracks your progress. Their reports are verified by an MiHR registrar who either accepts them as complete, or determines where more information is needed or additional tasks need to be completed.

Certificate in Mining Studies

Multiple mining schools and course providers, including the University of British Columbia

This continuing education program is comprised of online courses and webcasts, and is geared toward those who are seeking professional development in the sector, career advancement and cross training in different mining disciplines.

By completing the program online through EduMine, there allows the opportunity to complete the program at your own pace and in your own time. Not only that, but the structure of the program allows you to choose what courses you focus on and what specialization you end up with. Once all courses are completed, you can apply to either the University of British Columbia or the University of Arizona in order to receive your Mining Studies Certification.

For those looking for a more face-to-face learning approach, this same certification can be received at the University of British Columbia. A minimum of nine in-person lectures combined with 160 hours of online EduMine courses must be completed, along with a corresponding project for each course. Similar to the online option, you can begin immediately and work at your own pace.

Mining Industry Certificate (MINE)

College of New Caledonia

This certificate was created in response to the specific needs of the mining industry. The program places emphasis on safety, developing knowledge of the mining industry as a whole and building practical skills through hands-on training.

The program includes field orientation, WorkSafe BC Certification, safety training and extensive classroom instruction exploring human relations in the industry and developing employability skills.

To be eligible for the program, you must complete an English and math skills assessment, submit a statement summarizing your interest in the sector supported by past activities and future career goals, participate in an information session and scheduled interview, and be physically able to work in a rigorous environment.

Mining Week - student and entry level jobs in mining from companies like Vale, Goldcorp, Barrick and BHP Billiton

Photo credit: Greg Humphrey

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Leah Ruehlicke works in video production, living in a tiny apartment in Toronto with bad water pressure and an amazing book collection. Follow her on @LeahRuehlicke.