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Tailings Management

Course commences 25 September 2024

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Professional certificate

Tailings Management

Course commences 25 September 2024

PD Hours
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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 Next intake PD Hours Language
8 weeks
100% online
25 September
40 hours

Why is Tailings Management important?

Tailings management is crucial for several reasons:

  • Environmental Protection: Safe storage of tailings is essential to prevent environmental damage from potential leaks or spills.
  • Long-Term Stability: Tailings facilities must be designed for long-term stability, considering factors like earthquakes and floods over thousands of years.
  • Closure Planning: Mines need a plan for tailings storage facilities even after the mine ceases operation.

This course addresses these challenges and explores innovative approaches to tailings management for a sustainable future.

Course overview

AusIMM, in conjunction with leading experts in the mining industry, has developed the Professional Certificate in Tailings Management. This 8 week online course delves into geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.

This course offers a comprehensive and practical exploration of the principles, strategies, and best practices involved in managing tailings effectively.

Learn from renowned experts, engage in interactive sessions, and earn a digital badge to showcase your knowledge and skills, accelerating your career in the mining industry.

Note: This course is allocated 40 AusIMM PD hours. It involves an estimated 40 hours of content, including live sessions, online reading, activities and a final assessment. However, everyone learns at their own pace and, to pass, some people may need to commit further time. There are also optional readings for those that would like to explore the topic further and these are not included in the 40 hours estimate. 

Course pricing

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Tailings Management course overview

Manager Strategic Engagement at Newmont Australia and past participant of the Tailings Management Professional Certificate, Kim Scully, shares what drew her to the online course and the learnings she has taken away.


Earn digital credentials

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.

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.

Learning objectives

  • List the key elements of tailings management
  • Explain the geotechnical fundamentals of tailings management
  • Explain the geochemical and water fundamentals of tailings management
  • Describe tailings management surveillance and governance best practices
  • Identify the tailings management requirements for closure
  • Discuss the socio-economic and ecological considerations of managing tailings

Course structure

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

  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring Q&As with global tailings experts
  • Live interactive virtual classrooms
  • Interactive learning activities and group discussions
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Additional readings and case studies

The final assessment is made up of 24 short answer questions that address the content presented in each module. Access to the final assignment will be available at the end of week 1 allowing participants to work progressively on the questions as they work their way through the course.

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

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Professional Certificate in Tailings Management

Module 1

Introduction to Tailings Management

Virtual classroom
Tuesday 1 October
11.30-13.30 AEST

Module 2

Geotechnical Considerations

Virtual classroom
Tuesday 8 October
11.30-13.30 AEDT


Module 3

Geochemical and Water Considerations

Virtual classroom
Tuesday 15 October
11.30-13.30 AEDT



Module 4

Governance and Surveillance

Virtual classroom
Tuesday 22 October
11.30-13.30 AEDT



Module 5

Tailings Management for Closure

Virtual classroom
Tuesday 29 October
11.30-13.30 AEDT


Module 6

Socio-economic Considerations

Virtual classroom
Wednesday 6 November
11.30-13.30 AEDT



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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
Peter Chapman is a Principal Tailings Engineer based in WSP’s Perth office. He has been with WSP for more than 20 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.
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.

Eduardo Salfate

Principal Mine Waste Closure Consultant, WSP
Eduardo Salfate is a Civil Engineer with 17 years of consulting experience in environmental and mining geotechnical engineering. He has worked as a mine waste consultant in Canada, Chile and Australia and for a wide range of commodities, including copper, coal, iron ore, nickel and gold. His experience has been primarily on the delivery of mine waste management projects ranging from scoping to detailed design stages for both operations and closure. His current focus is on closure and transitioning of mine waste facilities to meet agreed post-mining land uses.

Brad Tiver

Principal Tailings Engineer, WSP
Brad Tiver is a Principal Tailings Engineer in WSP’s Adelaide office with 14 years of experience. Brad has a B.Eng and B.Fin from University of Adelaide (2009) and MEngSc from University of New South Wales (2016), is CPEng with Engineers Australia and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

Brad has been at Golder & WSP his whole career, principally focused on tailings engineering. He has undertaken all facets of TSF design from project initiation to closure, at greenfield and brownfield sites, and for a wide range of commodities, including iron, gold, copper and graphite. Brad currently holds a variety of Engineer of Record roles, some as the main EoR and one as Deputy EoR, at sites in South Australia and Western Australia.

Dr Rens Verburg

Technical Fellow - Geochemistry, WSP
Dr Rens Verburg is a Technical Fellow - Geochemistry with WSP, 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.

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

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 40 hours of learning. 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 digital credential will be awarded upon successful completion of all course components.

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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