XRF Operator Training for the Mining Industry

Areas of Study: Exploration and Geology

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Technical Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 1 day
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This course 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 user 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 short course provides an overview of common sample preparation techniques.

The course 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 short course 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.

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

Day 1
Time Session Type Topic
08:15 – 09:00 Introduction Welcome Introduction to facilitator and overview of today’s topics.
09:00 – 09:15 XRF Experience Discussion General discussion on participants experience with X-ray Fluorescence.
09:15 – 09:30 Fundamental Properties of Matter Lecture Basics of an Element, Atom,
09:30 – 09:45 Types of Radiation Lecture X-ray vs Gamma-ray.  Alpha, Beta, Neutron, Gamma rays & x-rays
09:45 – 10:00 The process of X-ray Fluorescence Lecture How X-ray Fluorescence occurs.
10:00 – 11:00 XRF Analyzers Power Point History and new technology, reviewed.
11:00 – 12:00 Sources of Error Lecture Becoming aware of the sources of error and how best to manage them.
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch    
12:30 – 14:00 XRF Analyzer Operation Lecture & Activity Demonstration of the functionality of the Delta (hand-held) XRF instrument.
14:00 – 14:15 XRF Applications Power Point Discussion on the wide range of applications currently employing XRF.
14:15 – 14:30 Interation of Radiation with Matter Lecture How X-rays react with different materials.
14:30 – 15:00 Biological Effects of Radiation Lecture How X-rays react with us. Maximum Allowable Canadian Radiation Dose Limits (per ICRP1990)
15:00 – 15:30 Radiation Detection Lecture & Activity Using a radiation survey meter and detection of x-rays.
15:30 – 15:45 XRF Safe Work Practices Lecture & Demonstration Planning for safe and effective deployment and use of XRF instruments.
15:45 – 16:00 Applicable Canadian Regulatory Requirements Lecture RED Act, Health Safety Code 34, Registration Requirements, Radiation Safety Officer, Administration
16:15 – 16:30 Application Forms Activity Assistance will be provided in completing application forms for XRF Operator Certification with the NDT Certifying Agency (NRCan)
16:30 – 17:00 Questions 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.


The full fee for the one day program is CAD 700 + tax. The fee covers the lecture, a comprehensive set of course notes, access to Edumine pre-course e-learning, sandwich lunches and light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

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%.


The course will be held at InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within a 5-15 minute walking distance of the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

  • Executive Hotel Le Soleil, named by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World," has been recipient of the American Automobile Association's (AAA) 4-Diamond rating since its opening. Executive Hotel Le Soleil differentiates itself with a unique mixture of stylish sophistication and old world elegance. Featuring 119 luxury boutique lodging accommodations, it is conveniently located across the street from the InfoMine/Edumine offices. Experience Copper Chimney restaurant's award winning chefs and enter into an exotic world of Indian fusion food.
    The Hotel Le Soleil's website is: http://www.hotellesoleil.com.

  • Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver: make yourself at home in one of the Metropolitan Hotel's 197 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites. Enjoy the Metropolitan's 24-hour Business Center; fully-equipped Health Club with indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and squash court; and the Diva at the Met restaurant, a AAA 4-Diamond rated restaurant featuring Vancouver's finest cuisine, celebrated Chef's table, and distinguished wine cellar. The Metropolitan has received a "4 Green Keys" rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
    To book your room online with our personal InfoMine corporate rate link go to: http://private.metropolitan.com/VDZKNSEDL2.
    The Metropolitan Hotel's website is: http://www.metropolitan.com/vanc/.

  • Vancouver’s most art-full hotel, the Listel Hotel is a cultural tourist’s dream and a showcase for eco-friendly practices. Packed with original art, this 129 room boutique hotel boasts comfortable, contemporary furnishings and a perfect location in the West End, the city’s most eclectic shopping and dining neighbourhood. The hotel is also home to Forage, a pioneer in sustainable restaurant operations and home to Chef Chris Whittaker’s award-winning farm-to-table fare. Forage is known for its small plate dining and BC wine and craft beer on tap.
    The Listel Hotel's website is: http://www.thelistelhotel.com.

  • Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel: experience the modern comforts of the historic full-service business hotel located in the core of downtown Vancouver. Their West Coast hospitality will ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Discover true value at the Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel as they provide FREE Wireless Internet, Bottled Water / Tea & Small Business Center. InfoMine’s corporate rate includes $10.00 breakfast voucher, best available room at check-in, Day Pass to Health and Fitness Centre around the corner.
    The Days Inn Downtown's website is: http://www.daysinnvancouver.com/.

For further information about hotels in Downtown Vancouver, see the following website: http://www.hotels-vancouver.ca/hotels/Downtown.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course 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.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

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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