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Professional certificate

Tailings Management

Professional certificate

Tailings Management

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
1–6 weeks*
100% online
Professional certificate
2 August 2021
1–6 hours**

* Each module is 1 week. Full course duration is 6 weeks.

** Each non-assessed module is worth 3 AusIMM PD hours. Each assessed module is worth 6 AusIMM PD hours.


Course overview

AusIMM, in conjunction with leading experts in the mining industry, has developed the Online 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.



Course options

Participants have the flexibility to select which modules they would like to complete within an intake and whether they would like to undertake formal assessments as part of the learning experience.

The course content for each module will be delivered over one week. Participants can choose one of the following options:

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

Full course (six modules, no assessment)
Participants can access the full course content but will not undertake the written assessment component. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon completion of all six modules.

Selection of individual modules (with or without assessment)
Participants may choose to complete modules as individual units of learning (with or without assessments). Please note, Module 1 is a prerequisite for Modules 2–5.

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 outcomes

Module 1

Introduction to tailings management

Describe the key elements of tailings management

Explain the variations in tailings management globally

Describe the cause(s) and impact(s) of tailings dam failures

Discuss some opportunities for improvement to tailings management

Module 2

Geotechnical considerations for tailings management

Identify the key geotechnical causes of failures

Explain risk assessment methods and risk acceptability

Explain tailings dam/storage design

Discuss the key tailings geotechnical parameters

Explain construction and operation to ensure compliance with the design intent

Module 3

Geochemical and water considerations for tailings management

Explain the geochemical nature of tailings

Identify the potential for contamination from tailings

Describe the tailings water balance

Describe the management of potentially contaminating tailings

Module 4

Governance and surveillance of tailings management

Interpret multi-stakeholder governance

Interpret corporate governance

Discuss regional and global guidelines

Examine tailings management regulations

Discuss types of monitoring

Discuss frequency of monitoring and analysis

Explain links to triggers and emergency response

Module 5

Tailings management for closure

Explain residual risk and tailings closure opportunities

Discuss closure challenges for tailings storage facilities

Explain capping and revegetation of tailings

Discuss learnings from tailings closure case studies

Module 6

Socio-economic considerations of tailings management

Understand net present value versus whole-of-life accounting

Examine their impact on operations and closure

Discuss key governance considerations, including financial and social licence to operate, post-mining land use and ecological function, and residual risk

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

The Professional Certificate option will also involve:

  • Short answer questions
  • Marked feedback from facilitators
  • The opportunity to resubmit answers

Join the waitlist for our August intake

The February intake is now sold out. Please join the waitlist to be notified when enrolments open for the next intake.

Individual module pricing

No assessment, member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
No assessment, non-member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Marked assessment, member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Marked assessment, non-member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST

Full course pricing

No assessment, member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
No assessment, non-member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Professional Certificate, member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Professional Certificate, non-member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST


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.
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.
Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman

Principal Tailings Engineer, Golder
Peter Chapman is a Principal Tailings Engineer based in Golder’s Perth office. He has been with Golder for over 16 years and is the Mine Waste Group Leader for Australia as well as the Leader of Golder’s global Mine Tailings and Facilities Technical Community. His main role is technical direction on tailings projects across all stages of studies and he is Engineer of Record for multiple TSFs.
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 (FAusIMM) 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.
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.

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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 option is estimated to take about 36 hours of learning (approximately six hours per module). Participants who enrol for individual modules will have access to the course platform for two weeks per module. Participants who enrol for all six modules 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 the modules they enrol for. A Professional Certificate or Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of all six modules (depending on the course option selected).

No, you can select the modules that relate to your own professional development needs. Note that Module 1 is a prerequisite for Modules 2-5.

We aim to run two to three intakes each year.

At the moment, the course will only be delivered in English. Live captioning can be requested for webinars – please email if this is required.

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

Enrolment conditions

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