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Certificate in Mining Studies

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What is the CMS?

Certificate in Mining Studies

The CMS (Certificate in Mining Studies) is a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining. It is designed for those seeking professional development, career advancement, cross training in different disciplines, or just an introduction to mining.

The CMS is also designed to the requirements of the global mining community. It minimizes the need for travel and time away from the job and allows you to complete the program in your own time.

The CMS is a blended learning program of online courses, short courses and interactive webcasts delivered by industry specialists. You can structure your own CMS program from a range of courses and providers to suit your career objectives.

The CMS Network

The CMS network is a dynamic collaborative network of mining schools and course providers.

The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC is a mining school and founder of the CMS network. UBC collaborates with EduMine on provision of qualifying short courses and webcasts. CMS certificates are awarded by the UBC Department of Continuing Education.

The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ is a mining school within the CMS network, and a provider of qualifying short courses and webcasts. The Institute awards Professional Certificates from the University of Arizona.

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC is a provider of qualifying short courses on business and management topics.

Continuing Professional Development at Imperial College, London, UK is a provider of qualifying short courses and online courses on financial evaluation topics.

The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver BC is a provider of qualifying short courses on accounting and social engineering topics.

EduMine is the provider of qualifying online courses for the CMS, and collaborates with UBC on provision of qualifying short courses and interactive webcasts.

CMS Resources

Qualifying courses are available in the following mining streams ...

You can structure your own CMS program from a range of courses within these stream, and from different providers, to suit your career objectives. Your personal CMS program may include courses from more than one stream.

For a complete list of qualifying online courses, short courses and live webcasts see CMS Qualifying Courses.

Currently, the CMS program includes more than 130 online courses and more than 40 short courses and 28 webcasts. To improve the accessibility of the program, EduMine is presenting a growing number of live webcasts.

How the CMS Works

Register for the CMS with the University of British Columbia or the University of Arizona.

In your own time, register with course providers for selected online courses, short courses and webcasts. You may select courses from more than one stream.

Enroll with EduMine, register for certification in each of the selected online courses, and complete the requirements for online certification. You can spread your selection of online courses over time to suit your study schedule. Note that certain online courses will be associated with your selected short courses and webcasts. Study in these courses prior to attending the associated short course or webcast is a requirement of the blended learning program. These online courses should be included in your selection.

For each of your selected short courses and webcasts, click on the course title in the schedule of CMS Qualifying Courses and register with the appropriate course provider. Complete the required background study in the associated online courses, attend each course, and complete the required take-away project. You can spread your selection of short courses and webcasts over time to suit your study schedule. Some travel may be necessary depending on your selection of short courses.

Collect all of your course certificates and submit them to the University of British Columbia or the University of Arizona to receive your CMS certificate.

How to Apply for the CMS

To apply for the CMS program with the University of British Columbia, send your current resume/CV and a cover letter to the Project Coordinator at LLL@mining.ubc.ca.

To apply for the CMS program with the University of Arizona, send your current resume/CV and a cover letter to the Project Coordinator at pbosco@email.arizona.edu.

Your cover letter must include the following main points:

  • current and past experiences in the mining industry;
  • why you would like to participate in the Certificate Program;
  • how you think it would benefit your career and the mining industry;
  • the time duration you expect it will take you to complete the program.

Your application will be collected and reviewed which might take up to several weeks.

Note that you can start taking online and short courses/live webcasts prior to approval as all qualifying courses completed up to one year prior to your acceptance into the CMS program will count towards your Certificate in Mining Studies.

FAQ for the CMS

Which online courses qualify for the CMS? See Online Courses ... click on a course title to view the course introduction.

How many online courses do I need to complete for the CMS? The CMS requires that you complete certification in online courses totalling at least 160 hours of learning content. For the learning content of a course see Duration under Course Summary in the course introduction.

How do I register for certification in an online course? You must be enrolled in EduMine before you can register for certification ... see Enrollment. Once you are enrolled, click Register for Certification in the course introduction and complete the registration form.

Which short courses and webcasts qualify for the CMS? See Schedule of Short Courses and Webcasts from EduMine and other providers.

How many short courses and webcasts do I need to attend for the CMS? The CMS requires that you attend short courses and/or (the equivalent) webcasts totalling at least 9 days and complete the take-away project specific to each course. Note that some webcasts are spread over several days with 2-3 hours of webcasting per day. These webcasts qualify as one day in total as far as the CMS is concerned.

How do I register for attendance at a short course or webcast? See Short Courses and Webcasts ... click on a course or webcast title to view the details and register with the provider.

Can I select online courses from any stream to make up my own CMS program? Yes ... the CMS allows you to make up your own learning program from courses in any of the available streams.

How long does it take to complete the requirements for the CMS? CMS students who are working typically take two years to complete the CMS in their own time. It is possible to complete the CMS in a year if this is a priority.

How much does the CMS cost? The CMS costs between CD$9,500 and CD$12,000 depending on your selection of courses.

Where can I register for the CMS? You can register for the CMS with the University of British Columbia or the University of Arizona.

What does the take-away project for a short course or webcast consist of? The project allows the student to take the knowledge gleaned from the short course or webcast and apply it to a real-life application. The length of the project is subjective but would typically require a 5 - 10 page response, depending on the length of the short course or webcast, and should be completed within three weeks.

To view a printable brochure of this information click here.

If you have any questions regarding the Certificate in Mining Studies please contact Sandra Wunsch at EduMine at swunsch@infomine.com or 604-683-2037 ... or Mac MacLachlan at UBC at mac@mining.ubc.ca or 604-822-4502.