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Advanced training in mineral assaying is provided through a series of guided, distance education courses. Registrants require a diploma in chemical or mining technology or equivalent plus practical lab experience.

Program delivery mode: online

  • This program will be delivered online for the coming semester.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Comprehensive training in Mineral Assaying is available through Chemical and Environmental Technology on a Part-time Studies basis (as night school, distance education, workshop, or online courses). These courses were developed to meet the mining industry’s growing demands for skilled and competent assayers in B.C. The advanced training we offer in applied analytical chemistry prepares successful students to become eligible to write the exam for Provincial Certification given by the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Students can also opt to take any part of the training for the purpose of job upgrading, information only, or as a “refresher”. The complete training involves 1.5 – 2 years of combined classroom work and lab practicums. Lab practicums (considered an essential component of this training) help students gain maximum benefit from classroom work; it also helps students develop speed and accuracy in analytical work. Enrolment in each course is limited to 12 students.

Mineral Assaying training covers:

  • Introduction to assaying.
  • Fire assaying and mineral identification.
  • Classical wet assaying and qualitative analysis.
  • Selectivity and specificity of analytical procedures.
  • Analytical instrumentation-theory, and practical.
  • Sampling theory and methods.
  • Statistical analysis.
  • Reference standards.
  • Laboratory practicum.

Entrance Requirements

Register today for Part-time Studies courses.

BCIT part-time studies courses and programs are taught assuming that registrants not only have a BC Grade 12 level of English, but also have proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

BCIT has several upgrading courses for students who wish to improve their English language skills.


The following courses are recommended for students preparing to write the BC Ministry of Energy Professional Certification Exam.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Elaine Woo
Faculty and Program Coordinator
Tel: 604-432-8393


Kacem Habiballah, MA, EdD, PhD (Candidate)
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-451-7075

Katie Howard
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8237

Contact Us

Elaine Woo, Faculty

Katie Howard, Program Assistant

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