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Mining short course

VALMIN Code Reporting

Course commences 28 February 2022

PD Hours
Mining short course

VALMIN Code Reporting

Course commences 28 February 2022

PD Hours

Develop an in-depth understanding of the VALMIN Code, including its interpretation and appropriate application.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
16 hours over
5 weeks
100% online
Short course
28 February 2022
Up to 16*

* PD hours recognised by AusIMM & Australian Institute of Geoscientists


Course overview

The VALMIN Code sets out requirements for the technical assessment and valuation of mineral assets and securities for independent expert reports and provides guidance for petroleum assets and securities. This course will provide the fundamentals and principles of appropriate Public Reporting of technical assessment and/or valuations of mining assets in compliance with relevant laws.

The course will suit professionals working on the evaluation of mining and exploration assets and who are responsible for Public Reports that will include information about the evaluation of assets or valuation of securities.


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Course pricing

Are you an AIG member? You’re also eligible for the member rate.

*Associate grade membership - for professionals with less than 5 years’ experience in the resources sector.
AIG or AusIMM member
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
AusIMM Associate membership* and enrolment bundle
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price is inclusive of 10% GST

Enrolments now open

Course commences 28 February 2022

Who should attend?

Technical professionals
Those preparing technical assessments and economic studies.

Advisory and accounting groups
With valuation practices.

Company directors
Head office senior management and technical personnel with a responsibility.

Learning objectives

  • Describe a holistic view of the Code and the role it plays in the minerals industry and reporting environment
  • Interpret the Code within the context of your working environment
  • Explain the principles of how to approach mineral asset valuation
  • Recognise how to manage risks when using the Code

Course structure 

The five-week course is a collaborative, hands-on online learning experience, taking learners approximately 16 hours to complete. Please note the live sessions are not mandatory, the webinar will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live event. Course content includes:

  • Four 105-minute webinars
  • Pre-recorded videos featuring interviews with experts
  • Resources such as case studies, articles, associated content
  • Group discussion forums
  • Test questions

Module 1

Why the VALMIN Code?

WEBINAR | Tuesday 1 March
11.30 - 13.00 AEDT

Module 2

Interpretation and Application.

WEBINAR | Tuesday 8 March
11.30 - 13.00 AEDT

Module 3

Valuation Methodologies and Their Application.

WEBINAR | Tuesday 15 March
11.30 - 13.00 AEDT

Module 4

Protections, Misconceptions and Practical Experience.

WEBINAR | Tuesday 22 March
11.30 - 13.00 AEDT

Download the course brochure

VALMIN Code Reporting


Deborah Lord

Chair of the VALMIN Committee; Principal, Valuation and Resource Management
Deborah Lord is a geologist with 30 years’ global experience in the resources sector specialising exploration and resource governance and valuation. She is an Executive Member of the VALMIN Committee and Member of the AusIMM Professional Conduct Committee. Deborah is Director and Principal of Valuation and Resource Management that specialises in mineral asset valuation and management across a range of commodities. Formerly the Head of Resource Governance for BHP, Deborah managed Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves assurance across the minerals portfolio including public reporting and regulatory compliance across multiple securities exchanges (ASX, NYSE, LSE, JSE), Competent Person training and technical input into internal audit. She has previously worked at SRK Consulting, Placer Dome and WMC Resources based in Australia, South and North America.

Sue Border

Director/Principal Geologist, Geos Mining
Sue has over 40 years experience in the mining industry, and has worked as a geologist in mining and exploration, as an exploration manager, university lecturer in geology and geostatistics, and as a consultant. She started and managed her own exploration consultancy, Geos Mining, which was sold in 2016, and is now their principal advisor.

Sue has used the Valmin Code since its inception, and has prepared many public independent technical reports and valuations using the Code, both as specialist and as representative specialist. She has conducted courses in China on the use of the Valmin and JORC Codes. Sue is currently a member of the AusIMM ethic committee.

Ivy Chen

Principal Consultant, CSA Global
Ivy is a corporate governance specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in mining and resource estimation. She served as the national geology and mining adviser for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) from 2009–2015 and is currently Principal Consultant at CSA Global. Ivy’s experience in the mining industry in Australia and China, as an operations and consulting geologist includes open pit and underground mines for gold, manganese and chromite. As a consulting geologist she has conducted mineral project evaluation, strategy development and implementation, through to senior corporate management roles. Ivy joined the VALMIN committee in 2015.

Paul Dunbar

Principal, Valuation and Resource Management
Paul is an exploration geologist with over 25 years experience with a broad corporate and technical experience along with a strong economic evaluation and financial analysis background.

John McIntyre

Managing Director, Behre Dolbear Australia Pty Ltd
John McIntyre is a mining engineer and certified Mine Manager in NSW and Queensland, with more than 45 years of experience in the management, operation and design of mines. He has led projects in Australia, New Zealand, West Africa, PNG, the Philippines, Vietnam and North America and has prepared management reviews, technical audits, economic evaluation, mine design and feasibility studies for new and existing operations.

In 1994, John was appointed the founding Managing Director of Behre Dolbear Australia (BDA), the Sydney-based subsidiary of US group Behre Dolbear and Company Inc (BDCI).

“The course has provided a great consolidation of the key aspects and importance of the VALMIN Code. I have already applied the VALMIN code as a Practitioner so found the course very useful in consolidating my understanding and reinforcing certain elements.”

Participant of February 2021 intake

“The course was very enlightening. I am now much more aware of the traps that you could fall into when signing off on the associated reports attached to the VALMIN Code."

Participant of February 2021 intake

“It was great! I have already used some of the VALMIN principles when discussing with clients, and now know 'what not to say', and 'when to disclose'. This will help me enormously in the years to come. Thank you for a great course."

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. The live webinars will be hosted on Adobe Connect and participants may choose to download this application to their computers or devices; however, this is an optional download and attendance via an internet browser is also enabled. Participants will not be required to have access to a webcam or microphone.

The full course is estimated to take about 12 hours of learning (approximately three hours per module). Participants will have access to the course platform for five weeks to complete all modules.

We aim to run two intakes each year.

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

No, the course is designed for those working on the evaluation of mining and exploration assets, undertaking technical assessments that are components of economic evaluations (Scoping Studies, Pre-Feasibility Studies and Feasibility Studies) , or responsible for Public Reports that will include information about the evaluation of assets or valuation of securities should know the VALMIN Code. The VALMIN Code provides guidance on what should be included in such studies and how to prepare a Public Report that will comply with relevant laws.

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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