Part-time Studies

Are you interested in geology, mineral exploration and the mining industry? We offer a variety of continuing education courses for entry-level to professional workers.

Each of the links below will offer a brief course description or give you the opportunity to register for a course.

REGULARLY OFFERED COURSES

MINE 1010 - Mineral Exploration and Mining for the Business and Investment Community

CLASSROOM COURSE - Provides an overview of mineral exploration and mining for those in the financial industry and for investors. Covers a basic introduction to geology, mineral deposits, exploration techniques, drilling, resource and reserve estimates, exploration agreements and mining methods. Includes an overview of how to read technical news releases, understand drill and assay results and evaluate exploration properties and companies.
Dates: normally offered once in the fall.

MINE 1100 - Introduction to the Minerals Industry

ONLINE COURSE - Introduces students to the wide scope of the minerals industry and prepares them for further courses in mining. The course covers the breadth of the industry from mineral exploration through to processing and marketing of mining products. The history of mining is covered from early ages through to modern times. Considerations regarding the preservation of the natural environment and the concept of sustainable development are introduced.
Dates: normally offered once per term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer).

MINE 1101 - Physical Geology

ONLINE COURSE - Presents an overview of the processes and materials that form and shape the planet Earth. Labs include rock and mineral description, examination of geological maps and structures, and study of geological processes. This course will appeal to aspiring earth science students as well as non-technical mineral industry personnel looking to better understand geologic fundamentals.
Dates: normally offered in fall and winter terms.

MINE 1017 – Mineral Exploration Field Safety

ONLINE COURSE – Based around AMEBC’s Field Safety guidelines, this course provides an overview of the key safety issues encountered in the mineral exploration environment and is designed for both new field workers and as a refresher for seasoned explorationists.
Dates: continuous enrollment.

COURSES OFFERED BASED ON DEMAND

The following courses are run based on student demand. If you are interested in a particular course please contact Maha Shehadeh, Program Administrator, at 604-432-8683 to have your name and information recorded. Once the course has gained sufficient number of interested students you will be contacted regarding enrollment.

MINE 1003 - Introduction to Prospecting and Exploration 1: Geology and Mineral Deposits

BOTH ONLINE AND CLASSROOM OPTIONS AVAILABLE - Provides an introduction to geology and mineral deposits as it applies to prospecting and mineral exploration.

MINE 1004 - Introduction to Prospecting and Exploration 2: Techniques and Methods

CLASSROOM COURSE - Provides an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits.

MINE 1005 - Prospecting and Exploration Field School

FIELD COURSE - Designed for prospectors, explorationists, students, field assistants, contractors and hobbyists as an introduction to field techniques used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits at a field school near Oliver in south-central BC.

MINE 1009 - Mining and the Environment – The Britannia Mine, A Case Study

CLASSROOM/FIELD COURSE - The course is geared towards individuals who are interested in developing a better and more informed understanding of the role of mining in our modern society; Britannia Mine is used as a case study. Students will visit the Britannia Mine, near Squamish, BC, on the second day of the course.

MINE 1011 - Behind the News Release: Understanding Mining Disclosure

CLASSROOM COURSE - This course is aimed at non-geologists who write or vet news releases with technical disclosure, as well as geologists who wish to know more about technical disclosure requirements. This course will provide an overview of the requirements for public disclosure of technical information as it relates to a mineral exploration project progressing through its life cycle, including targeting, exploration and project development.

Mine 1012 - Mining Law and Legal Agreements

CLASSROOM COURSE - This course is geared towards both individuals that are new to the mining industry as well as experienced mining professionals that wish to obtain a better understanding of the key legal concepts and issues that impact upon their industry.

MINE 1013 - Mining Industry Risk - Identification, Assessment and Management

CLASSROOM COURSE - Risk is everywhere in the mining industry – financial, technical, environmental and – increasingly - social. This course unpacks risk in all its dimensions: learners will systematically identify, objectively assess, cost effectively monitor and strategically manage risk. This course will appeal to, and benefit from, a diversity of mining industry backgrounds, including directors, investor relations, analysts, accountants, technical professionals, CSR specialists and corporate development officers.

MINE 1014 - Mineral Economics

CLASSROOM COURSE - Economic modelling and valuation are at the core of mining investment decisions. This course introduces concepts and methods that will allow participants to understand mine economic valuation techniques and conduct basic project evaluations.

MINE 1040 - Plant Layout Fundamentals

CLASSROOM COURSE - An introduction to the business of designing a metal ore processing plant - from ore source to finished products. Specifically, it will provide a general understanding of ore processing circuits, how the major processing equipment is arranged within buildings, and the relative location of these buildings on a site layout of a typical large-scale copper processing plant.

MINE 2106 - Environmental Applications

ONLINE COURSE - Provides an overview of environmental issues and practices that relate to the mining industry. The course includes an examination of baseline studies, the environmental assessment processes, and environmental applications at operating mines, reclamation and closure.
Note: students must have completed MINE 1100 prior to taking this course.

Check information on registration for part-time and online courses or contact Maha Shehadeh, Program Administrator, at 604-432-8683. For information on course content and registration, please contact our Student Coordinator Shawna Waberi at swaberi@bcit.ca or Dr.Thomas Mumford, Program Head at tmumford2@bcit.ca.