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Professional certificate

Tailings Management

Course commences 26 April 2023

PD Hours
Professional certificate

Tailings Management

Course commences 26 April 2023

PD Hours


Gain competency and expand your knowledge on the geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type 2023 Intakes PD Hours Language
8 weeks
100% online
26 April & 11 October 2023
40 hours

Course overview

AusIMM, in conjunction with leading experts in the mining industry, has developed the Professional Certificate in Tailings Management. Featuring internationally-renowned tailings experts and case studies, the course will cover geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.

The interactive, online format of the course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in a community-based environment from wherever they are situated.

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Course commences 27 April 2023

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Who should attend?

Tailings consultants
Contractors and consultants.

Mining companies
Head office senior management and technical personnel with a responsibility for tailings.

Mining industry professionals
Tailings engineers, managers, and operators.

Course structure

The course content for each module will be delivered over one week. Each module consists of:

  • A live 90-minute webinar featuring industry experts
  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring Q&As with global tailings experts
  • Interactive learning activities and group discussions
  • Additional readings and case studies
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer questions
  • Marked feedback from facilitators
  • The opportunity to resubmit answers

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

Professional Certificate

A Professional Certificate in Tailings Management will be awarded upon successful completion of all six modules and their associated assessments.

Module 1

Introduction to tailings management

Module 2

Geotechnical considerations

Module 3

Geochemical and water considerations

Module 4

Governance and surveillance

Module 5

Tailings management for closure

Module 6

Socio-economic considerations

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Professional Certificate in Tailings Management

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.

David Williams

David Williams

Professor and Director of Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland; Manager, Large Open Pit Project
Professor David Williams initiated and directs the industry-funded, UQ Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland, which has attracted $10M in funding, and manages the Large Open Pit Project. He has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience, and is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, pertaining to tailings dams in particular.

Professor Williams was a member of an Expert Panel investigating technical causes of the Brumadinho tailings dam failure and is on a number of Tailings Independent Technical Review Boards, including for Escondida.

He authored the 2009 and 2016 Tailings Management Handbook, as part of the Commonwealth Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. Professor Williams is currently involved in the Working Party for the Australian National Committee for Large Dams Guidelines on Tailings Dams – Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure, published in 2012, with an update in 2019.
Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman

Principal Tailings Engineer, WSP Golder
Peter Chapman is a Principal Tailings Engineer based in WSP Golder’s Perth office. He has been with WSP Golder for more than 18 years and is the Mine Waste Group Leader for Australia. He holds Engineer of Record and ITRB roles for major clients across Australia and has a strong focus on risk management processes.
Peter Scott

Peter Scott

Director, PA Scott Consulting
Peter has over 45 years’ experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry in Australia, Asia Pacific region and Africa in geology, applied geochemistry, and data analysis. He specialises in mining waste management including: material characterisation, leachate control and fate transport modelling, baseline investigation for assessing and monitoring leachate development from mine waste, rehabilitation and remediation design for Acid Metalliferous and Saline Drainage (AMD) in mine waste facilities, development of environmental management plans for managing AMD for life of mine operation, and mining waste risk assessment. He has developed procedures using spatial analysis and mine planning software to determine and quantify reactive mine waste distribution and volumes within existing waste rock storages to enable effective cover design, remediation and closure.

Dr Rens Verburg

Technical Fellow - Geochemistry, WSP Golder
Dr Rens Verburg is a Technical Fellow - Geochemistry with WSP Golder, and has over 30 years of experience in evaluation of mining geochemical issues. Rens has been involved in numerous geochemical studies at mining operations across the globe. He was the Project Director and part author of the Global Acid Rock Drainage (GARD) Guide on behalf of the International Network for Acid Prevention, a mining industry consortium. The GARD Guide is the leading, world-wide on-line reference for prevention and mitigation of acid rock drainage and identifies best practice in the field of mine waste management.
David Brereton

David Brereton

Researcher and Consultant, Corporate Social Performance
David joined The University of Queensland in 2001 as Director of the newly established Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), one of six organisational units comprising the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). Under David’s leadership, CSRM became a leading global centre for applied research and professional education relating to social performance management in the mining and minerals sector.

In 2012 David moved into a Deputy Director role in the SMI, with responsibility for driving cross-disciplinary research initiatives to address the technical, environmental and social dimensions of mining and sustainability. He retired from the University in July 2016 but continues to be active as a researcher and consultant.

For the first half of 2017 he was based in Lima, Peru, where he worked with the Universidad del Pacifico to build a research capability in mining and sustainability. In 2019 he led the development of a new mining engineering curriculum for the Western Australia School of Mines (Curtin University).

In 2020 he was engaged by the Global Tailings Review to edit a compendium of research papers and commentaries to accompany the release of the Global Tailings Standard. David is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.
Deanna Kemp

Deanna Kemp

Director, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland
Deanna is Professor and Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility (CSRM), part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute, at UQ. With a background in business, development studies and social science, Deanna has worked in mining for 20 years. She spent her first 10 years with BHP – in site-based roles, and later in corporate headquarters. She then moved into the university sector. Deanna now leads a group of 25 researchers working in Australia and internationally. The social performance aspects of tailings facility management is one topic, amongst many others, that the Centre works on.

Laurie Reemeyer

Principal Consultant, Resourceful Paths
Laurie Reemeyer has a Bachelor of Engineering (Minerals Process) from University of Queensland and an MBA from UC Berkeley and has over 25 years experience in base metals processing. He started his career at Mount Isa Mines and later was Metallurgy Manager at Zinifex Century Mine, where he had oversight of the tailings storage facility.

As Principal Development Advisor at Zinifex, he was responsible for process and environmental due diligence on potential base metals acquisitions globally. After completing his MBA, he spent several years at Amec Foster Wheeler in study management, process engineering and sustainability roles, before forming Resourceful Paths, a Vancouver based consultancy focused on sustainability in mining and metals. He recently provided technical support to Sedgman and New Century Resources for the reprocessing of historical tailings.

This is a great course; it includes comprehensive geotechnical and geochemistry information. The most valuable information that I have already applied to my work was how to use capillary break layer for PAF waste backfill.

2021 course participant

I was surprised at the broad range of issues and skills needed to manage tailings, I learned a lot of new things. I'm already discussing how to implement changes with my team and also the need to bring community and government relations into it.

2020 course participant

The course was very well structured and provided insightful analysis on some of the tailings topics. Facilitators answer questions in the comment box during the webinar, while the speaker is talking - this provides a good dynamic and helps to keep the audience’s attention during the webinar.

2020 course participant

The course was really well designed to cover the needs of a broad range of practitioners. I am an executive leader and the course have given me confidence to govern tailings management at our operations. I will use many of the references as a source for inspiration as I plan my field leadership and governance activities.

Participant of February 2021 intake

I was impressed by how much information was compressed into the 6 modules and how efficient the modules were despite of the information load.

Participant of February 2021 intake

Many thanks for conducting this important technical course on tailings management. I was very impressed with the whole on-line learning experience and thought that the platform you use greatly enhances the course. Overall the course content was very well put together and very well delivered, with clear and concise explanations.

Participant of February 2021 intake

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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. They will not be required to download any software and will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

The Professional Certificate is estimated to take about 36 hours of learning (approximately six hours per module). Participants will have access to the course platform for eight weeks to complete all modules.

Yes, it is a requirement for participants to complete all exercises and pass all learning activities for all modules. A Professional Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all six modules.

Yes, completion of all six modules is required to obtain the Professional Certificate.

We aim to run two to three intakes each year.

At the moment, the course will only be delivered in English. 

No, however the course is designed for mining professionals who have working knowledge of and some basic working experience in tailings facilities.

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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