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Professional Certificate

ESG and Social Responsibility

PD Hours
Professional Certificate

ESG and Social Responsibility

PD Hours

Environment, social and governance performance in the resources sector.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
40 hours 
8 weeks
100% online
March 2022
Up to 40


Course overview

Learn how to minimise ESG-related harm and maximise value to resource enterprises, affected stakeholders and broader society.

AusIMM’s newest Professional Certificate course will examine environment, social and governance performance and social responsibility (ESG/SR) through critical thinking and authentic resource sector experience. Prominence will be given to evaluating ESG/SR risk, threats and opportunities, and to developing workplace responses, execution, assurance and performance reporting.

The course and case studies will be global in scope and will equip course participants with an understanding of existing and emerging ESG/SR societal and lender expectations in resource sector exploration, development, operating and closure contexts. Participants will gain enough knowledge and skills to know how to apply ESG/SR requirements in their own workplace.

Course pricing

Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price is inclusive of 10% GST

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Course commences March 2022

Who should attend?

Asset-level front-line leaders across all mining functions
Understand ESG compliance, reporting requirements and impacts on day-to-day operations.

Consultants across all disciplines
Understand ESG compliance and reporting requirements for clients.

Corporate and investment-related professionals in the resources sector  
Improve ESG analysis, performance and assurance review.

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:

  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring interviews with experienced industry experts
  • Interactive learning activities and discussion
  • ‘Take home’ analytical tools that can be used in the workplace
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Additional reading including case studies

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

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

Module 1

ESG, Social Responsibility and Society.

Module 2

ESG and Social Responsibility Analysis Methods 1.

Module 3

ESG and Social Responsibility Analysis Methods 2.

Module 4

Operationalising ESG and Social Responsibility.

Module 5

ESG Global Principles, Standards, Measurement, Assurance and Reporting.

Module 6

Broader Context and Cross-cutting Themes of ESG and Social Responsibility.

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Professional Certificate in ESG and Social Responsibility

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.

Bruce Harvey

Geologist, Social Performance Professional
Bruce has over 40 years of worldwide field experience in the resources sector and for 25 years has been at the forefront of developing social performance as a professional discipline and enterprise value contributor. Bruce was Global Practice Leader in Social Performance at a global resources company and has worked with clients at many diverse locations around the globe, advising on social performance and ESG management systems and development consent agreements.

Bruce works directly with resource sector clients, is an Adjunct Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and a Guest Lecturer delivering ‘ESG - Leading Sustainable Enterprises’ at the University of Otago (NZ) MBA School. He is the Chair of the AusIMM ESG-Social Responsibility Committee which recently produced the Institute’s ESG-aligned ‘Social Responsibility Framework’ and Chartered Professional criteria for Social Performance practitioners.

Janina Gawler

Director at RST Solutions for Community Engagement

Alan Irving

Principal Environmental Consultant, Alan Irving and Associates

Course content has been guided by the AusIMM ESG and
Social & Environment Committees, with special thanks to:

Mark Noppe

Managing Director, SRK Consulting

Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform called Cahoot 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 webinars 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.

No. If someone is on the pathway to becoming a Competent Person, then doing this course early will help them to better understand the JORC Code and its requirements.

It is not currently mandatory but it is highly recommended to raise the knowledge of the overall profession.

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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