Mining for Non-Miners (Coal & Metals)

This course provides those from a non-mining background with a comprehensive understanding of the cycle of mining from exploration to processing.

Course Content

Overview of the mining industry

History, significance, key commodities, major mining companies & regional overview.

Geology, exploration, modelling & reporting

Key concepts, terminology, exploration, modelling and resource & reserve reporting.

Mine planning & asset management

Why we plan, mine planning stages and activities, maintenance and asset management and the importance of technology in planning.

Surface Mining (Coal & Metals)

Why mine from surface, types of surface mines, terminology, cycle of mining and equipment detail modules (drill & blast, truck & loader, dragline).

Underground Mining (Coal & Metals)

Why we mine underground, terminology, underground mining cycle and overview of equipment.

Material processing

Why we process, processing stages, extractive metallurgy, steel production, and electricity generation.

From the mine to market

How and where we transport material to and key pricing considerations for investment/operations.


Why do closure, closure process and integration with social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain knowledge of the global mining industry.
  • Understand key mining concepts and decision-making processes.
  • Explore the inter-relationships from exploration to the product.
  • Appreciate the various methods of extracting and processing material.
  • Increase knowledge of commonly used mining terms.

Who is the course for?

  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Accountants
  • Marketers
  • Human Resource Specialists
  • Legal Professionals
  • Investors
  • Bankers
  • Management Consultants
  • Equipment Manufacturers

Want to learn more?

Contact [email protected] 

Delivery mode

Classroom or Remote


Classroom – Two Days
Remote – 15 hours (5 x 3 hour sessions)

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