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Associate Certificate

Study Processes for Resource Projects

Course commences 23 September 2024

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Associate Certificate

Study Processes for Resource Projects

Course commences 23 September 2024

PD Hours
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Explore the multi-disciplinary components of studies, between exploration and operations.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type NEXT Intake PD Hours Language
20 hours
5 weeks
100% online
Associate Certificate
23 September
Up to 20

Course overview

Study Processes for Resource Projects examines the role of the different contributors to ensure technical discipline and that risk is managed to prepare successful business cases.

In creating a consistent roadmap for preparing and evaluating Projects, the course provides a framework for ensuring the right tasks are pursued at the right time, and the steps needed to present information in a compelling way.

The course will provide participants the tools they need to inform decision making to advance studies at key project milestones and support evaluation. The course shares the stages in a project development study process – from scoping through to front-end engineering and design. By following a structured process, course participants can ensure a standardised approach that can be applied across resource projects.

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Showcase your studies, validate your knowledge

Verify your new skills and knowledge with a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, intranet, or any other online account.

Your badge links to a detailed outline of the course, showcasing and validating your new skills in a format that employers and colleagues can easily access and trust. You can also choose to download a personalised certificate.

Who should attend?

Project managers
Influence project progression through key milestones and approval gates; and better understand how to interpret cases put to you for approval

Study managers
Learn how to follow processes required to craft compelling proposals to secure support for your projects

Exploration managers
Learn how to present information in a way that creates a compelling argument for investors

Learning objectives

  • Describe the characteristics and activities associated with study development and study progress, between exploration and operations
  • Explain the concept and actions towards ensuring the quality of studies
  • Define the role and components of study processes
  • Outline study requirements that feed into a robust business case

Course structure

The five-week course is a collaborative, hands-on online learning experience, taking learners approximately 20 hours to complete. Please note the live sessions are not mandatory. The virtual classrooms will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live event. Course content includes: 

  • Live virtual classrooms
  • Videos of interviews with various subject matter experts
  • Additional resources and readings
  • Group discussion forums 
  • Learning activities in the form of short test questions 

Module 1

Introduction, Environment, Social and Permitting

  1. Describe why study guidelines are important, and the different interpretations 
  2. Identify naming conventions and list the components of each study phase 
  3. Describe the considerations to address in a study for internal and external audience groups 
  4. Develop a personal list of valuable resources and international standards 
  5. Describe the scene setting aspects of a study 
  6. Describe the environmental and social considerations for a study 
  7. Identify types of permits, other than the ESIA permit, which may be required 

Virtual classroom: Thursday 26 September, 11.30-13.00 AEST

Module 2

Geology, Mining and Metallurgy

  1. Recognise the link between deposit knowledge and study definition 
  2. Identify important strategic concepts in developing a life-of-mine plan 
  3. Explain the influence of mineral-deposit characteristics on mining and processing strategies 
  4. Outline the impact of mining and processing design-and-scheduling decisions, on business outcomes 
  5. Recognise technical risk-management-strategies applied in studies, to address inherent uncertainty 

Virtual classroom: Thursday 3 October, 11.30-13.00 AEST

Module 3

Engineering Requirements, Forward Work Plans and Study Process Controls

  1. Identify the key engineering components required to support the project 
  2. Demonstrate a structured framework for advancing engineering design at the right time through the study process 
  3. Recognise the importance of establishing study controls
  4. Recognise the importance of the role and requirement for forward works and project implementation plans

Virtual classroom: Thursday 10 October, 11.30-13.00 AEDT

Module 4

The Business Case (and wrap-up)

  1. List the key components of a study charter and business case 
  2. Develop and communicate an effective value proposition 
  3. Describe the assessment of risk in a sustainable business case
  4. Explain the concept of transparency and accuracy for each of level of study for decision-makers

Virtual classroom: Tuesday 15 October, 15.00-16.30 AEDT

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Lisa Park

Lisa is a technical specialist (metallurgy) and project manager with more than 25 years in the resources industry. Lisa’s experience spans projects in multiple continents, from exploration to delivery. She is committed to identifying, assessing and mitigating risks to lead teams safely and achieve critical objectives.

Karl van Olden

Executive Lead – Operations, AMC Consultants
Karl has more than 30 years’ mining industry experience in diverse mining environments in operational, technical, consulting, and corporate roles. He has expertise and skills across the mining business process and is a trusted advisor to executives in the mining industry. He has been a project sponsor, a project manager, a technical lead and a contributor to well over 500 diverse, world-wide mining industry assignments. These span feasibility studies, strategic analysis, business and life of mine planning, Ore Reserve estimates, due diligence reviews, expert reports, minerals project valuations and operational optimisation.

Peter Fairfield

Principal Consultant, Miner Insight Pty Ltd
Peter is a process-driven, strategically minded mining engineer with 35 years of experience in operations management and consulting providing technical and operational support. After 20 years in site-based operational roles Peter has spent over 17 years’ experience working on and leading multi-discipline study teams on projects across commodities and regions. He has extensive experience in multi-discipline project evaluations, independent technical reviews, and due diligence projects, and has managed and prepared independent reports for internal and public reporting and disclosure.

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Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course.

The full course is estimated to take about 20 hours of learning. Participants will have access to the course platform for five weeks to complete all modules. 

We aim to run two intakes each year. 

No, all virtual classrooms are recorded and made available on the learning platform for participants who are unable to attend the live session.

At the moment, no, but we will be looking at delivering the course in other languages in the near future. 

Participants can earn professional development (PD) hours for undertaking the course. One contact hour of technical content is equivalent to one PD hour. 

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