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Professional Certificate

Geophysics for Mining Professionals

PD Hours
Professional Certificate

Geophysics for Mining Professionals

PD Hours

Learn and apply geophysical concepts, methods, and industry practices to deliver meaningful results and value to mining projects


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type NEXT Intake PD Hours Language
40 hours 
8 weeks
100% online
Up to 40

Course overview

Gain a solid understanding of geophysical concepts to help you better prepare statement of works, obtain quotes, interpret geophysics reports and work with geophysicists. 

Whether you're a design engineer or project manager, this detailed introduction to geophysics will enable you to understand, apply and harness geophysics for mining and infrastructure projects, as well as communicate confidently with other industry geophysicists.

Over 8 weeks, the course introduces participants to geophysical concepts, methods, and industry practices, combined with an in-depth analysis of real-world applications supported by industry case studies. Learn current methods and how to apply them; and explore an introduction into data interpretation with respect to their aim.

AusIMM’s Geophysics for Mining Professionals Professional Certificate allows participants to gain more value from geophysical applications. The course has been designed to clarify confusion and provide practical skills that can be immediately applied. This is especially relevant for applications where conventional physical methods such as drilling are not providing adequate or detailed subsurface information; for planning purposes; engineering design inputs; tailings storage facility construction; or future life of mine planning.

This course is especially well suited to roles that may touch upon geophysics, such as those who:

  • Coordinate a job site
  • Prepare statement of works
  • Obtain quotes
  • Work with geophysicists
  • Interpret geophysics reports
  • Project managers
  • Construction engineers
  • Design engineers

With few academic opportunities to learn about geophysics, this online course offers a convenient way to meet the industry’s need for educated staff in this poorly understood but business-critical field by exploring topics like:

  • Overview and history of geophysics
  • Theory of commonly used geophysical methods
  • Scientific interpretation
  • Industry applications

Broaden your knowledge and advance your career, while also gaining skills to avoid outsourcing, or to better interact with external geophysics professionals.  

Course pricing

A discount of 10% is available for groups of 3 or more participants from the same organisation who enrol for the same course intake in a single booking. This discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
Price inclusive of 10% GST
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Who should attend?

Earth sciences professionals, geologists, engineering geologists, project engineers, project managers, designers, earth science professionals, and mining professionals with an interest in earth sciences.

This course is also beneficial to roles that touch upon geophysics, such as when preparing statement of works or obtaining quotes, but don't have foundational knowledge of geophysics concepts and practices.

- Give yourself the skills to address industry in this critical field
- Solidify your understanding of geophysics concepts to drive value
- Broaden your knowledge to do more with your role
- Expand your career possibilities

Learning objectives

  • Explain the basis of geophysics and its use in industry
  • Design basic gravity, magnetics and electromagnetics survey methods for theoretical scenarios
  • Design basic electrical, seismic and ground penetrating radar survey methods for theoretical scenarios
  • Describe geophysical workflows and practice interpreting data
  • Observe reports and report structure and language, analyse information and synthesise data into a conceptual site model in written form
  • Consider case studies and practise interpretations and reporting
  • Evaluate projects and provide an in-depth justification for the use of geophysics in industry
  • Interpret and annotate drawings from a multiple method survey and write an interpretive report

Course structure

The eight-week course consists of six modules over six weeks, with a final two weeks to complete written assessments. Each module consists of:

  • Weekly live virtual classroom (with replay available)
  • Interactive learning activities and discussion
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Additional materials, including case studies and videos

The written assessment requires participants to complete short answer questions that address the content presented in each module.

Module 1

Introduction to Geophysics

Module 2

Geophysical Theory Part 1 (Potential Methods)

Module 3

Geophysical Theory Part 2 (Seismic Methods)

Module 4

The Geophysical Workflow and Interpreting Data

Module 5

Geophysical Reporting and Interpreting Data in Written Form

Module 6

Industry Case Studies

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Professional Certificate in Geophysics for Mining Professionals


Aaron Tomkins

East Coast – Operations Manager | Business Development, GBG Group
Aaron graduated with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Macquarie University and has been working within the Geoscience sector since 2012. Aaron has experienced a varied career, gaining in-depth experience in Geology, and Geophysics within Mining, Geotechnical, and Oil and Gas sectors.

Aaron is currently involved in worldwide operations and leads large-scale programs for mining, energy, and infrastructure programs, with an in-depth focus on projects within the Tailings Dam infrastructure space and projects in PNG. Respected for his expertise and experience, Aaron has presented multiple near surface geophysical papers on the benefits of implementing new methods within extreme near mine environments and in remote areas.

Mark Lackie

Mark graduated with Honours in Geophysics from Melbourne University in the early 80’s. He completed a PhD in Geophysics at Macquarie University in the late 80’s. Mark worked at the CSIRO for half a decade before switching to academia where he spent 26 years producing the next generation of geophysicists. Mark retired in 2020 from teaching and is now Editor-in-Charge of the Journal “Exploration Geophysics”.

Taylor Willick

Senior Geophysicist, GBG Group
Taylor graduated with a B.Sc. in Geophysics and Geology form Macquarie university in 2013. Taylor started his career in Mineral Exploration for 2 years before moving into the geotechnical geophysics space. Over the past 8 years he has gained a broad range of experience in numerous methodologies, both land and marine, and their applications in various sectors in the Asia Pacific region.

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Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform 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. They will not be required to download any software and will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

The entire course will run over eight weeks (six modules over six weeks plus another two weeks to finish the final assignment). It is expected that participants will take about 40 hours to finish the entire course. This includes attendance at live virtual classrooms and completion of all learning activities.

Yes, it is a requirement for participants to complete all modules and pass all learning activities, including the final assessment. A digital credential will be awarded upon successful completion.

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