Short Courses

Educational Short Courses

February 25-27, 2022 | Salt Palace Convention Center

These courses provide professional development that is part of the path to a successful career. Take advantage of the short courses offered in conjunction with MINEXCHANGE 2022 Annual Conference & Expo and deepen your knowledge of specific industry topics.

All Courses include:

  • Course Materials
  • PDH credit
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch

To view the schedule, please select a day from the left hand column.
*All short course dates and times are subject to change. Please check back often for the latest updates.


Three-day Course

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 25 - 27, 2022
7:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Includes coffee breaks, lunches and 21 PDH.

Certified Mine Safety Professional Review Course

Member: $895 | Nonmember: $995

Overview and Content
Planning to pursue the Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) credential, and looking for something to jump start your preparations? This 3-day in-person & virtual course is designed to provide a high-level review of the CMSP Body of Knowledge.

Attend this course to:
  • Refresh your foundational safety and health knowledge
  • Assess your strength and weakness around CMSP domains
  • Determine areas for further study
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Network with others interested in pursuing the CMSP

Course Content
This 3-day review will cover the CMSP Body of Knowledge. The Body of Knowledge covers five primary domains including:

  • Fundamental Knowledge of Science & Engineering (10 questions)
  • Leadership, Organization & Culture (15 questions)
  • Safety, Health & Risk Management (50 questions)
  • Management Systems, Regulations & Assurance (15 questions)
  • Professional Skills, Conduct & Ethics (10 questions)

Eric Lutz, Director International Safety, Health and Risk Center at University of Arizona

Two-day Courses

Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Includes coffee breaks, lunches and 14 PDH.

A Comparison of the new SEC Regulation S-K 1300 on Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants to Canadian National Instrument 43-101

Member: $500 | Nonmember: $610

Overview and Content

Day 1

  • The regulatory scene in the US and Canada
  • The multi-jurisdictional disclosure system
  • Background to the introduction of S-K 1300
  • Timeline for compliance with S-K 1300
  • Summary comparison of IG 7 to S-K 1300 to NI 43-101
  • Definition of key terms within S-K 1300
  • Qualified Person concept
  • Disclosure and estimation of:
    • Exploration results
    • Exploration targets
    • Mineral resources
    • Mineral reserves
  • Mining studies: content requirements and purpose of studies
    • Initial assessment
    • Pre-feasibility study
    • Feasibility study

Day 2

  • Requirements and content needed for:
    • Summary property disclosure
    • Individual property disclosure
  • Internal controls
  • Triggers for filing of Technical Report Summary under S-K 1300 vs NI 43-101 Technical Report in Canada
  • Discussion on different types of Technical Report Summaries required, depending on property stage
  • Technical Report Summary content versus NI 43-101 Technical Report content


Greg Gosson

  • 40 plus years in mining industry
  • 16 years as Technical Director, Geology & Compliance, Wood Canada Limited
  • Five years as Chief Mining Advisor of the BC Securities Commission
  • Led the project to revise NI 43-101 in 2005
  • Involved in drafting legislation on Civil Liability under securities law, and NI 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations
  • Former chair, current member of the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee on NI 43-101: industry advisory group to the Canadian securities regulators
  • Member of the PDAC Securities Committee
  • Member of the CIM Committee on Mineral Resources and Reserves and Best Practices
  • Member of the CIM – CSA Working Committee on NI 43-101

Stella Searston

  • 30 plus years in the mining industry
  • Current Principal Geologist with Mine Technical Services
  • Fellow of the AusIMM, Member of the AIG, Registered Member of SME
  • Member of the SME Resources/Reserves Committee; Member of CIM Committee on Mineral Resources and Reserves
  • Involved in technical reviews, audits, and specialist studies such as due diligence and governance/compliance appraisals
  • Prepared technical aspects of listing and filing documents, independent expert and competent person reports for various exchanges, including AIM, HKEx, ASX, JSE as well as Canadian exchanges.
  • Participated in and peer-reviewed major mining studies (PEA, PFS, FS)
  • Preparation, review and compilation of NI 43-101 Technical Reports, with more than 450 such reports completed to date; majority for major mining companies and major studies; about 20 reports under S-K1300

Bulk Material Handling: Design Practices to Increase Conveyor Safety and Reliability

Member: $500 | Nonmember: $610


Conveyor systems are often designed to meet only the most basic performance specifications at the lowest capitol cost. Considering that many conveyor systems run for 20 years or more and include many high wear components, it seems clear that safely maintaining the system at a high level of reliability is going to be the major factor in determining the total cost of ownership. But this is often overlooked in the design phase and once the system is installed this can create unsafe working conditions, high costs of maintenance and reduced availability and reliability. These conditions do not help profitability or sustainability and can create safety concerns that are unacceptable and may require major modifications.

What are some of the key factors that should be addressed during design to eliminate the safety risks associated with maintaining the system? How are the transfer chutes going to be designed to reduce or eliminate high wear areas and when they do require service is the design user friendly? How will access be provided to the belt cleaners so they will be safely maintained? Have the loading, transfer and discharge areas been properly designed to remove the hazards associated with material transfer? What dust mitigation systems have been employed and how effective will they be? These topics and many others will be discussed by experts in the industry and open discussion and review of best practices will be encouraged. This course will be informative to engineers, plant maintenance personnel, purchasing agents, students, and everyone in between.

Course Content

Day 1

  • Understanding and defining the safety and reliability expectations of your system.
  • Review of safety standards and recent changes for conveyor systems (ex: MSHA, OSHA, ASME)
  • Design considerations to maximize the safety and reliability of your system.
    • Mechanical design considerations
    • Structural considerations for safe and easy access
    • Belt training, surge capacity, restarting after a plug chute scenario

Day 2

  • Design considerations to maximize the safety and reliability of your system continued
    • Transfers chutes, loading zones, dust and spillage control design considerations
    • Other spillage prevention and dust mitigation topics.
  • Challenges encountered at operating mines and plants
  • Ongoing field problems for open discussion and review
  • Success stories and lessons learned


Todd Hollingsworth, Raw Engineering & Design, LLC
Jeff Ellis & Tony Van Zee, Precision Pulley & Idler
Greg Bierie, Benetech
Carrie Hartford, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.

One Day Courses

Saturday OR Sunday, February 26 or 27, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Includes coffee breaks, lunch and 7 PDH.

MSHA Part 48 Annual Refresher (Underground and Surface)

Saturday, February 26, 2022
Member: $125* | Nonmember: $175*
*Instructors have donated their time to keep the cost of attendance low.


The Annual Refresher Course is an 8-hour course and fulfills MSHA's Part 48 annual training requirement for anyone working at either a surface or underground mine. Upon completion of the course, students will receive an MSHA Form 5000-23 certifying that they have completed 8 hours of annual refresher training for surface, underground or both types of mines, dependent upon the designation indicated on the attendee's original MSHA Form 5000-23.

Course Content

  • Barricading & refuge alternatives
  • Electrical hazards
  • Escape & emergency evacuation plans
  • Explosives
  • Firewarning & firefighting
  • First aid (Emergency medical procedures)
  • Ground control
  • Health & safety standards
  • Illumination & night work
  • Mine gases
  • Miner health
  • Prevention of accidents
  • Self-rescue & respiratory devices
  • Transport & communication systems
  • Transportation controls
  • Ventilation
  • Working in area of highwalls, water hazards, pits & spoil banks


Colorado School of Mines Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety Program

Fundamentals of Mineral and Metallurgical Processing

Sunday, February 27, 2022
Member: $400 | Nonmember: $510


This short course is open to anyone wanting to learn about mineral processing and extractive metallurgy operations. It is good as a refresher or introductory course and particularly targets mining and geological professionals, particularly those needing a background in metallurgy (i.e., geometallurgy). In this regard, the course begins with simple concepts such as sampling, analysis (mineralogical, chemical and size), material balances and smelter schedules. It then introduces attendees to processing methods and equipment, mostly those utilized in the mining industry but also the recycling industry. Various unit operations are reviewed including comminution (crushing, grinding, screening and classification), mineral separations (flotation, magnetic, gravity and electrostatic), and metal production and purification (hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy) as well as environmental management (dewatering, tailings disposal, and waste treatment for water, dust and air). Flowsheets of typical operations are reviewed throughout with implications on flowsheet development.

Course Content

Morning Session:
History, Definitions, Mineral Properties, Basic Processing, Mass Balancing and Blending; Recovery-Grade Curves, Flowsheets and Unit Operations, Smelter Schedules, Particle Size, Comminution, Sizing, Sampling, and Analysis.

Afternoon Session:
Solid-Liquid Separation – Thickening, Filtering, Centrifuging and Drying; Mineral Separation by Gravity, Magnetic, Electrostatic and Flotation; Hydrometallurgy Separation by Leaching, Solvent Extraction, Resin Adsorption, Precipitation and Electrowinning; Pyrometallurgy Separation by Calcining, Roasting, Smelting, Refining and Fused-Salt Electrolysis


Courtney Young, Montana Technological University, Butte, MT
Corby G. Anderson, Colorado School of Mines, Golden

Rehabilitation of Historic Mine Workings – A Phased Approach

Sunday, February 27, 2022
Member: $400 | Nonmember: $510


This course details the process of investigating, mitigating, and rehabilitating hazards associated with abandoned, orphaned or historic mines. Unmitigated hazards can develop gradually, or as sudden events and can include open mine voids on surface, land subsidence, and/or sinkholes, etc.

The problems associated with these sites can be complex and difficult to manage from a technical, environmental and economic perspective. Assessment of hazards, and suitable mitigation or remediation efforts, can become challenging due to the uncertainty associated with the geology or geometry of the mine workings. Limited safe underground access, mine logistics, and potential adverse environmental impacts are common issues to be dealt with. Over the last decade, robust processes have been developed to manage the complexity and remove hazards while optimizing costs and timelines.

Recent experience has shown that developing a holistic site-wide investigation and rehabilitation approach can result in benefits to all, the mineral rights holder, government, and/or the general public/landowners, resulting in cost savings and/or less intrusive rehabilitation methods.

The expected audience will include mine managers, environment and risk managers, and regulatory personnel that are dealing with issues related to land adversely impacted by historic mining.


The course will cover four main technical components:

  • Session 1: Stability assessment of underground mine openings.
  • Session 2: Remediation options for hazard mitigation
  • Session 3: Backfill system development
  • Session 4: Execution of stabilization options


Sue Longo
John Scholte
Darren Kennard
Jonathon Taylor
Golder Associates

What is Brittle Tailings Behavior, How is it Characterized, and Why is it Important to Understand?

Sunday, February 27, 2022
Member: $400 | Nonmember: $510

Overview and Content

The course is for anyone working with tailings who would like to learn more about this critical tailings behavior. It will cover:

  • What is brittle behavior:
    • Is sensitivity and brittleness the same thing?
    • Are all contractive soils brittle?
    • Can tailings change state over time?
  • How can we characterize brittle behavior using in situ and laboratory testing?
    • How do we apply case histories?
  • What are the triggers for brittle behavior?
    • What are static and seismic triggers?
    • Meaning of factor of safety against triggering?
  • Can we predict the onset of brittle behavior?
  • If you have brittle tailings how would you design for this?
    • Static vs. cyclic liquefaction differences and similarities in design
    • What is an appropriate factor of safety? Is 1.5 enough if designing for peak?
    • What are appropriate monitoring for brittle tailings deposits?


Christina Winckler, Anglo American
Joseph Quinn, Klohn Crippen Berger