XRF Operator Training for the Mining Industry

AREAS OF STUDY: Exploration and Geology

Qualifies for CMS

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  • Audience Level: Technical | New to Mining Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
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  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Live Webcast Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 sessions of 3 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This webcast provides delegates with the basic knowledge of XRF theory and applications, as used in mineral exploration and mining, as well as the principles and practices of radiation safety that apply to XRF analyzers.

XRF is a fast, accurate and cost effective analytical technique for solid sample analysis, provided the spectrometer is properly set-up and calibrated and the correct sample preparation procedures are followed. Matrix effects such as grain size effect, mineral and chemical effects and specimen surface conditions are the most common causes of inaccurate XRF analysis results. Correct sample preparation techniques drastically reduce matrix effects and minimize analytical errors. This webcast provides an overview of common sample preparation techniques.

The webcast also prepares delegates for the qualification examination associated with becoming certified by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as an Operator of Portable X-ray Flourescence Analyzers.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Introduction to the Basics of XRF Instrumentation, authored by Daxton Curry of Innov-X.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

This session is designed for professionals involved in making decisions regarding mining projects during exploration, evaluation, development, and operations; including mining executives, managers, financial analysts, mining engineers, metallurgists, geologists, assayers, academics, students, public policy makers, and XRF users.

Please forward this invitation to anyone you know that may be interested in attending this webcast.

Cindy Collins (Innov-X)

Cindy is a NRCan XRF Certified Instructor and a civil engineering technologist who has worked in the mineral exploration and forestry industries, with a focus on non-destructive and chemical testing, data collection and management of mineral exploration surface and subsurface data. Cindy joined the Reflex team in 2014. Previously she has worked with Maxwell Geoservices, Innov-X Canada and for a number of mineral and diamond exploration companies in roles such as Information Systems Coordinator and GIS Analyst.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is divided into two sessions with following topics:

Session 1: 11 April 2012, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time


  • Welcome
    • Introduction to facilitator and overview of today's topics

XRF Experience

  • Online Discussion
    • General discussion on participants experience with x-ray fluorescence

Fundamental Properties of Matter

  • Lecture
    • Basics of an element, atom

Types of Radiation

  • Lecture
    • X-ray vs gamma-ray
    • Alpha, beta, neutron, gamma rays & x-rays

The Process of X-ray Fluorescence

  • Lecture
    • How x-ray fluorescence occurs

XRF Analyzers

  • Power Point
    • History and new technology, reviewed

Sources of Error

  • Lecture
    • How to calibrate portable XRF using assay data and prepared samples


  • Power Point
    • Becoming aware of the sources of error and how best to manage them

XRF Applications

  • Power Point
    • Discussion on the wide range of applications currently employing XRF
Session 2: 12 April 2012, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time

Interaction of Radiation with Matter

  • Lecture
    • How x-rays react with different materials

Biological Effects of Radiation

  • Lecture
    • How x-rays react with us
    • Maximum Allowable Canadian Radiation Dose Limits (per ICRP1990)

Radiation Detection

  • Lecture & Demonstration
    • Using a radiation survey meter and detection of x-rays

XRF Safe Work Practices

  • Lecture & Demonstration
    • Planning for safe and effective deployment and use of XRF instruments

XRF Analyzer Operation

  • Lecture & Activity
    • Demonstration of the functionality of the Delta (hand-held) XRF instrument

Note: remainder for NRCAN certifying participants - optional for others

Applicable Canadian Regulatory Requirements

  • Lecture
    • RED Act
    • Health Safety Code 34
    • Registration Requirements
    • Radiation Safety Officer
    • Administration

Application Forms

  • Activity
    • Assistance will be provided in completing application forms for XRF Operator Certification with the NDT Certifying Agency (NRCAN)


  • Discussion
    • Open forum - general Q & A

How to Register

To register yourself, click the ‘Register Now’ button and complete the online registration form.

To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Registration Deadline

Online registration ends 15 minutes prior to the webcast; however phone registration can be accepted up to the start of the webcast. Please call +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

How Webcasts Work

It's easy and our webcast saves on fees, travel and time! You will be able to ask questions and have live discussions during the webcast just as if you were there in person. At the time of the webcast, you connect to the internet, call in to a toll/toll-free number to hear and talk through the telephone or simply listen and speak over your headset/PC speakers using Voice over IP (VoIP). You see the presentation as well as the instructor on your computer screen.

System Requirements

To attend this webcast, you will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection (DSL or cable). You will also need a phone line or integrated microphone in your PC or a headset. For your comfort, it is recommended that you use a speaker phone or headset to connect to the webcast. Our system will support both PC and Apple computers using Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Accessing the Webcast

One day prior to the webcast, you will be emailed a link for the webcast. About 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time, simply go to the website provided in the email. You should be able to simply click on the link in the email; however, some email programs may require that you copy the address and paste it into your browser's address bar. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, and you will need to enter the password that was sent to you in the email. Once you have logged in, a screen will pop up with the Voice over IP option or a toll/toll-free telephone number to call. Of course, our team is available to help if you have any questions about accessing the webcast: +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting the webcast registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the cost of the webcast.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation prior to the webcast but within 9 business days of the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the delegate's payment less a 10% administration fee.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation after the webcast has started, or misses all or a portion of the webcast without notice, no refund will be granted.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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