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Course Description

The Mining Essentials Short Course provides an engaging and informative overview of the entire mining life cycle including geology, mineral exploration, financing, feasibility studies, mining and environmental applications. The course is suitable for anyone working, interested or new to the mining industry, but who does not have a technical background in the sector. The course will quickly get you up to speed on key aspects of the industry and its terminology.  

This course has been fully updated in January 2021 and includes 62 videos (+ 11 bonus videos) lasting over 10 hours along with 82 quiz questions.  

Curriculum includes:

  • Chapter 1: Industry Overview
  • Chapter 2: Geology
  • Chapter 3: Mineral Deposits
  • Chapter 4: Mineral Exploration
  • Chapter 5: Mineral Resources and Reserves, and Mining Technical Studies
  • Chapter 6: Mining
  • Chapter 7: Mineral Processing
  • Chapter 8: Social and Environmental Consideration


  • Directors & officers
  • Regulators and government employees
  • Investors
  • Lawyers, accountants and business professionals
  • Community members and civil society
  • Mining sector employees
  • Anyone with interest or involvement in the mining industry


President, Pakawau Geomanagement Inc.

Rob Stevens, Ph.D., P.Geo.

Dr. Rob Stevens is an engaging and dynamic trainer, facilitator, and project director for the mining industry who excels at helping people and organizations succeed. He is a skilled communicator and educator who is adept at combining technical expertise with training, team facilitation and project management to ensure projects excel. Rob is also an accomplished mining policy advisor for governments, associations, and industry. Over a career spanning 25+ years, Dr. Stevens has been the Vice President of Policy at the Association for Mineral Exploration, the Director of Learning at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) at UBC, an author and publisher, an Associate Dean and Professor at the BC Institute of Technology, the Executive Director at Geoscience BC and an exploration geologist. Rob is passionate about the mineral exploration and mining industry and enjoys the mix of science, engineering, business, community, discovery, and entrepreneurialism that are integral to the industry.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Mining Essentials

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Introduction to the Mineral Exploration and Mining Industry

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Geology

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Mineral Deposits

    • Formation of Mineral Deposits

    • Styles of Mineralization and Forms of Mineral Deposits

    • Quiz for Chapter 3

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Mineral Exploration

    • Exploration Properties

    • Acquiring Properties - Staking and Option Agreements

    • Understanding Maps and Sections

    • Exploration Methods

    • Mapping, Trenching and Geochemical Analysis

    • Rock Sampling

    • Soil and Stream Sediment Sampling

    • Geophysics - Magnetic and IP Methods

    • Drilling - RC and Diamond/Core

    • Targeting Drill Holes

    • Drill Core

    • Drill Results in News Releases

    • Exploration Project Approach - Diamond Exploration Example

    • Quiz for Chapter 4

  • 6

    Chapter 5: Mineral Resources/Reserves and Technical Studies (Feasibility Studies)

  • 7

    Chapter 6: Mining

    • Surface and Underground Mining

    • Surface Mine Layout and Stripping Ratio

    • Open Pit Production Cycle and Blasting

    • Surface Mine Example: Victoria Gold Mine - Mine to Mint

    • Underground Mine Layout and Access

    • Underground Mining Methods: Cut and Fill; Room and Pillar; Block Caving

    • Underground Mine Production Cycle

    • Quiz for Chapter 6

  • 8

    Chapter 7: Mineral Processing

    • Crushing and Grinding Circuits

    • Gold Recovery - CIP and Heap Leaching

    • Base Metal (Copper) Recovery - Froth Flotation and SX-EW

    • Quiz for Chapter 7

  • 9

    Chapter 8: Social and Environmental Considerations

    • Modern Mining Environment

    • Sustainable Development and Social Sustainability

    • ESG - Environment, Social, Governance

    • Social and Environmental Impact Assessment

    • Water Management and Acid Rock Drainage

    • Mine Closure and Reclamation

    • Quiz for Chapter 8

  • 10

    Bonus Videos

    • About the Bonus Videos

    • Porphyry Copper: Grade and Tonnage

    • Porphyry Copper: Drilling, Mining and Formation

    • Volcanic Massive Sulphide: Grade and Tonnage

    • Volcanic Massive Sulphide: Drilling, Mining and Formation

    • Gold and Silver Deposits: Types

    • Gold Deposits: grade and tonnage, Drilling, mining, and styles

    • Uranium Deposits: Grade and Tonnage, Drilling

    • Uranium Deposits: Sandstone

    • Uranium Deposits: Unconformities

    • Diamond Deposits: Distribution, Grade and Tonnage

    • Diamond Deposits: Kimberlite Pipes, Drilling and Formation