Gain competency and expand your knowledge on the geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.
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2 August 2021
* 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.
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.
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?
Contractors and consultants.
Head office senior management and technical personnel with a responsibility for tailings.
Mining industry professionals
Tailings engineers, managers, and operators.
Introduction to 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
Geotechnical considerations for tailings management
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
Geochemical and water considerations for tailings management
Identify the potential for contamination from tailings
Describe the tailings water balance
Describe the management of potentially contaminating tailings
Governance and surveillance of tailings management
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
Tailings management for closure
Discuss closure challenges for tailings storage facilities
Explain capping and revegetation of tailings
Discuss learnings from tailings closure case studies
Socio-economic considerations of tailings management
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
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
Full course pricing
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.
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.
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.
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Frequently asked questions
What are the technical requirements to participate in the course? i.e. do I need a webcam, microphone, etc?
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.
How long will the course take?
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.
Must a participant complete and pass all modules in order to finish the course?
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).
Do I have to complete all six modules?
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.
How often will the courses be run?
We aim to run two to three intakes each year.
Will the course be delivered in other languages?
Does someone have to have a prequalification of years’ experience before they can do the course?
No, however the course is designed for mining professionals who have working knowledge of and some basic working experience in tailings facilities.
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