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Professional Certificate

Integrated Mine Closure

Course commences 9 October 2023

PD Hours
Professional Certificate

Integrated Mine Closure

Course commences 9 October 2023

PD Hours

Learn how Integrated Mine Closure (IMC) can realise significant value to operations; how to assess closure risks; opportunities to realise value and maintenance programs to drive relinquishment.  


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type 2023 IntakeS PD Hours Language
40 hours 
8 weeks
100% online
9 October 2023
Up to 40


Course overview

Start with end in mind, from an integrated multi-disciplinary perspective, to decrease risk and realise value to mining operations 

The expectations of internal and external stakeholders from an environment, social, governance (ESG) perspective continue to rise. AusIMM’s Integrated Mine Closure Professional Certificate presents an opportunity for resource professionals to deep dive into the key components of this important process and recognise the compelling business case for Integrated Mine Closure (IMC) that can realise significant value to operations.  

This Professional Certificate introduces Integrated Mine Closure (IMC), the role of environmental and socio-economic knowledge base and the importance of a shared closure vision; the criticality of social transition and leaving a positive legacy to successful IMC;  the importance of closure integration into Life of Mine planning and multi-disciplinary ownership of IMC.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and assess closure risks and opportunities to reduce risk and realise value;
  • Recognise that the execution of closure plans requires the same project management rigour as the original mine development;
  • Explain success criteria and associated monitoring and maintenance programs to drive relinquishment.  

Through improved knowledge of the Integrated Mine Closure process, learners will be able to more proactively contribute to planning and execution as part of their normal roles, rapidly upskill in this important process, add more value to your role, and use the increased knowledge as a springboard to higher level opportunities within your company.

ICMM’s ‘Integrated Mine Closure: Good Practice Guide’ has been drawn upon in the development of this course. AusIMM would like to acknowledge the contributors to that guide, in particular the ICMM team, their members and consultants.


Enrolments now open

Course commences 9 October

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Who should attend?

Mid-level managers (Coordinators and Superintendents)

Subject Matter Experts (Specialists) in the Mining Industry in disciplines that have a role to play in Integrated Mine Closure. This includes mine planners, mining engineers, mine closure practitioners, technical services, finance, legal, social, safety/health, human resources and environmental.

Mine Closure Practitioners that would like to refresh or improve their knowledge and skills in this area.

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Professional Certificate in Integrated Mine Closure

Learning objectives

  • Understand the business case, challenges, and key components of Integrated Mine Closure (IMC), including starting with the end in mind.
  • Recognise the importance of the environmental and socio-economic knowledge base to establish a baseline for IMC planning, and the crucial role that stakeholder ownership of the closure vision and associated land-uses plays.
  • Explain the criticality of social transition to successful IMC and the importance of leaving a positive legacy through the development of enduring non-mining related enterprises to support communities’ post-closure.
  • Recognise the importance of closure integration into LoM planning and multi-disciplinary ownership of IMC, including explaining the importance of increasing maturity of closure activities throughout the LoM.
  • Describe domain-based closure activities related to mine voids, waste and infrastructure, and the importance of design criteria and the impact of climate change on IMC.
  • Identify and assess closure risks, opportunities and the importance of their analysis and realisation to reduce risk and realise value.
  • Explain the different types of closure costs and their purpose, as well as the key components of an Integrated Closure Plan.
  • Recognise that the execution of closure plans requires the same project management rigour as the original mine development, and includes identifying infrastructure sale or demolition activities, and understanding the importance of progressive rehabilitation and closure activities throughout the LoM to optimise closure costs and decrease risk.
  • Explain SMART success criteria and associated monitoring programs to drive relinquishment or alternatives, including the identification of appropriate maintenance and management activities for areas that do not meet defined success criteria.
  • Assess a closure plan using a Maturity Framework

Course structure

The practical and outcomes-focused eight-week course consists of six modules over six weeks, with a final two weeks to complete the assessment. The course consists of:

  • Live virtual classrooms (recordings made available within 24 hours)
  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring interviews with experienced industry experts
  • Interactive learning activities and discussion
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Additional reading including case studies

Live sessions are recorded and available within 24 hours for participants who are unable to attend.

The final assessment will require participants to critically assess a closure plan.

For more detailed information about the topics included in each module, please download the course brochure.

Module 1

Introduction to Integrated Mine Closure

Virtual classroom
Thursday 12 October
11.00 am - 12.00 pm AEDT

Module 2

Social Transition

Virtual classroom
Thursday 19 October
4.00 pm - 5.00 pm AEDT

Module 3

Integrated Planning

Virtual classroom
Thursday 26 October
9.00 am - 10.00 am AEDT

Module 4

Risk/Opportunity & Closure Plan

Virtual classroom
Thursday 2 November
11.00 am - 12.00 pm AEDT

Module 5

Closure Execution

Virtual classroom
Tuesday 14 November
9.00 am - 10.00 am AEDT

Module 6

Success Criteria, Monitoring & Relinquishment

Virtual classroom
Thursday 16 November
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm AEDT

Enrolments now open

Course commences 9 October

Course facilitators

All programs have been developed in consultation with leading organisations in the mining industry, subject matter experts and community leaders to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and develop relevant skills to accelerate your career.

Dr Carl Grant

Director and Principal Closure/Rehabilitation
Unearthed Environmental Services Pty Ltd
Carl has 25 years experience in the mining industry globally, with a focus on mine closure and rehabilitation. Following his undergraduate science degree at UWA, he completed an Honours thesis on seed ecology and his Doctorate on fire ecology both in Alcoa’s rehabilitated bauxite mines in Western Australia. He then took up an academic position at the University of New England in NSW where he developed one of the first focused units on ecosystem rehabilitation, supervised more than 50 students and published more than 60 refereed papers.

In 2001, he took up a position in Alcoa’s research department and made the switch to operational mining roles in 2004. He was Environment and Community Manager for Alcoa’s mining operations in WA for five years. Carl then moved to Anglo American’s Met Coal operations in 2011 to the position of Regional Environment Manager responsible for nine operating sites and nine projects in Qld, NSW and British Columbia (Canada).

In July 2014, he took up a global position with Anglo as Global Head of Mine Closure Planning working at all 60 of their then operations around the world. Carl left Anglo in early 2022 and became a Director and Principal Closure/Rehabilitation of Unearthed Environmental Services Pty Ltd. Clients already include Anglo American, BHP, Glencore, ERA (Rio Tinto), ICMM, AusIMM, Newmont, Newcrest, South32, Fauna and Flora International, and the Queensland Government.

Dr Sheridan Coakes

National Social Practice Lead
Umwelt Environmental and Social Consultants
Dr Sheridan Coakes is a Social Scientist with 30 years research and applied experience in the areas of social impact assessment and management and stakeholder and community engagement. Sherie has contributed to the development and institutionalisation of SIA practice in industry and government across Australia and has been involved in numerous large-scale public and private sector development projects in diverse sectors such as mining, quarrying, oil and gas, forestry, renewable energy, infrastructure and urban development.

Sherie currently holds the position of National Social Practice Lead with Umwelt Australia where she leads a national group of 20 social practitioners and is also a member of Umwelt’s Executive Management Team. She is a Convenor of the SIA Community of Practice for the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), has led the SIA Strategic Environmental Advisory Committee, charged with developing a specialist certification for SIA in Australia and New Zealand, the first of its kind globally, and is a member of the Certified Environmental Practitioners (CEnvP) Certification Board. In May 2021, Sherie was appointed as a Commissioner to the NSW Independent Planning Commission, responsible for making decisions on large and contentious project development applications across NSW.

Dr Ana Maria Esteves

Community Insights Group PTE LTD
Dr Ana Maria Esteves is founder and director of Community Insights Group. Her expertise lies in working out how extractives and energy projects can avoid harm and provide equitable benefits to local communities while respecting human rights. Ana Maria is driven by helping professionals raise the bar in standards of social performance practice and improve their influence within organisations. She is past President of the International Association of Impact Assessment, co-authored the IAIA’s Guidance for Social Impact Assessment, established SIAhub, led the development of a competency framework for social performance practitioners for the Social Practice Forum, and helped CEnvP design the first global certification for social impact assessment professionals. She works as a practitioner, educator and executive coach. Mozambique-born, she is now based in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Kim Ferguson

Experienced Closure Specialist
Kim has over 20 years’ experience in the environmental, social and closure aspects of resources projects throughout Australia and internationally, across all life cycle phases and in operational, corporate, project and consulting roles. For the past 10 years, Kim’s focus has been on integrated closure planning and execution, and all that it involves, across the entire lifecycle of resource assets.

Dr Cherie McCullough

Director/Principal Environmental Scientist
Mine Lakes Consulting
Cherie is Director of Mine Lakes Consulting and Principal Environmental Scientist. She has over 25 years’ experience in consulting and research, focused on the mining industry and with water resources. Cherie’s primary skills are in environmental management, ecotoxicology, ecology, geochemistry and hydrogeology. Cherie is a recognised leading international expert on pit lake sustainability, mine closure planning and rehabilitation; with project experience across Australasia, Asia, and North and South America.

She has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal and conference proceeding papers, book chapters, and leading practice industry guidelines, a book and international industry articles and conference presentations on pit lakes, mine closure, aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology. Cherie has helped develop guidance for mine closure, pit lakes and mine water impacts for Western Australia, South Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Mike O'Kane

Senior Technical Advisor
Okane Consultants
Founder of Okane Consultants, Mike works with the company as a senior technical advisor applying technical expertise and knowledge on risk management best practices as tools for development and communication of project objectives and designs. He provides peer review for numerous government and private agencies while also being a member of multiple advisory panels. Mike is also the chair of Okane’s board of directors, and serves as a director of the Landform Design Institute and chair of its Technical Advisory Panel.

Jonathan Sanders

Mine Closure Practitioner, Associate
KCB Australia
Jonathan is a Mine Closure Practitioner with KCB, located in Newcastle Australia. Jonathan has over 16 years of consulting and Owner’s experience in mining, hydro-electric power and ports. He has led several mine closure projects located across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Peru, and Papua New Guinea. He is passionate about water stewardship and building professional closure planning capacity within the industry.

Dr Neeltje Slingerland

Mine Closure Practice Lead (Canada)
Dr Neeltje Slingerland is the national mine closure practice lead for WSP in Canada. Although based in Vancouver, Neeltje has a truly global portfolio and relishes navigating dynamic challenges with her clients and contributing to a positive mining industry legacy. Among her publications are over 20 papers on geomorphic design and tailings storage facility closure; Neeltje has also co-authored the closure chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME) Tailings Handbook, as well as national mine closure guidance for the governments of developing nations.

Neeltje has taught full-length courses, short courses, and workshops at universities, conferences, and for professional societies across North and South America. Neeltje is a geoscientist, a registered landscape architect, and has a PhD in geo-environmental engineering.

Dr Bjorn Weeks

Senior Advisor, Closure
Teck Resources Ltd
Dr Bjorn Weeks provided Teck Resources with strategic leadership and technical direction on all closure related matters. Prior to joining Teck in 2022, Björn was the global lead for mine closure services at WSP/Golder. With over 28 years of professional experience, he has dedicated his career to mine closure. He has worked on the development and execution of mine closure plans around the world, working with many of the world’s leading mining companies. He has also developed international mine closure guidance documents, including the ICMM’s 2019 Closure Good Practice Guide, and APEC’s 2018 Mine Closure Checklist for Governments. He is the current Co-Chair of ICMM’s Mine Closure Working Group.

His academic background includes a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, and a Ph. D from the Norman B. Keevil School of mining at the University of British Columbia.

Narelle Wolfe

Head of Sustainability & ESG, AusIMM
Narelle is a long-term advocate for the importance of the ESG and SR function in delivering results and enhancing value for the mining sector for over 25 years. She is passionate about empowering teams and bringing rigour to the function by her strategic approach and building the capability of practitioners and organisations to reduce impact and maximise benefits.
Her experience extends from operational to corporate for both large and mid-tier companies exposing her to several commodity types, business models and development approaches in variety of complex jurisdictions. Narelle has developed and driven strategies, systems and processes that assess, lift, monitor and report on internal and external performance. Her knowledge combined with a hands-on technical background and collaborative approach has informed development, built partnerships, guided research, established enduring relationships, provided innovative solutions, and delivered integrated sustainable outcomes.

Dr Renee Young

Program Director, Conservation and Restoration
The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute
Dr Renee Young is the Program Director, Conservation and Restoration at the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. She is an experienced manager and environmental scientist specialising in ecological restoration, with recent projects showcased at The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15). Working with government, industry and research, Renee collaborates widely to ensure outputs are applied and readily implementable.

Renee has published several key documents to support the mining sector including the International Principles and Standards for the Ecological Restoration and Recovery of Mine Sites, A framework for developing mine-site completion criteria in Western Australia and, Towards a framework for regional cumulative impact assessment. Renee also sits on the AusIMM Social and Environment Committee and is working with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Society for Ecological Restoration on the development of additional training opportunities for the mining sector in restoration practices.

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.
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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 all course components). 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 professional certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.

We aim to run two to three intakes each year.

Unfortunately no, the course must be completed in its entirety.

No, the course is currently delivered in English only. We are 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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