Where to Find Mining Courses

Where to Find Mining Courses

Mining courses are offered by a variety of educational establishments. Here`s where you might find a mining course near you.


If you don’t want to go to University to learn about mining, there are many other options open to you and TAFE is one of them. TAFE in Australia offers mining courses such as the Certificate III in Mining Exploration.This qualification is part of the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. It focuses on developing practical skills and knowledge to collect and analyse geological samples, record information.

You will also learn how to look after the everyday tasks involved in servicing a remote mining exploration field operation. Other courses include the Certificate IV in Surveying, which is a high demand role in the mining industry.

Search for your local TAFE college online. The courses are government run and represent excellent value for people looking to get into the mining and resource industry.

Four Year University Mining Courses

There are universities in Australia and many other parts of the world that offer a four year bachelor`s degree in mining engineering. If you are interested in earning this degree, look for a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, an international organization.

Spending four years in University will obviously be more costly than spending only two, however, the additional investment may be worth it in terms of future earnings. Engineers of all kinds are in great demand and those with engineering degrees command high salaries in the mining and energy sector.

Other Sources for Mining Courses

There are some certificate programs available through private companies and RTO’s that focus solely on educating people to work safely in and around the mines. Some of these are online courses that you can take anytime, anywhere at your convenience.

Some of the programs, like Work Health and Safety, Mining Supervisor (G1, G8, G9) and Risk Assessment (G2) courses are designed to help people who already work in the mines keep up with the latest technology and safety considerations. Remote and distance learning courses are perfect for people who are currently employed in the industry and want to up-skill whilst learning as they work.

On-the-job training is an alternative to organized mining courses. Some mines in Western Australia need people badly enough that they hire unskilled workers and train them. The right option for you depends on where you live and what kind of job you hope to have in the future.

For more options and information on just what is the best type of courses to enrol in if you want to work in the mining and energy industry, call Industry Pathways on info@iminco.net.


  1. matthew December 5, 2014 Reply

    Do you know who would offer certificate 4 in metalliferous mining operations or a similar course?

    • Author
      John December 8, 2014

      Hi Matthew and thanks for your question about service providers to deliver the RII40311 – Certificate IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations.

      There are 2 types of this qualification, one is open-cut and the other is an underground qual.

      If you go to the official government website Cert IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations this will give you information on underground operations.

      For above ground, or open-cut, see this link MNM40105 – Certificate IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations – Open Cut

      You will see a link to find organisations who can deliver the qualification you are looking for. All you need to do is choose the location that suits you.

      r.e. Certificate IV in Metaliferous Mining Operations

      iMINCO Mining Information

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