What is Mining - An Introduction to the Mining Value Chain

16 modules


Course Length
4 hours

Edumine Courses

29 Aug 2022


About the Course

In this introductory course, students explore the full breadth and depth of the mining sector. An array of succinct overviews, video clips, and infographics guide students through a typical mining value chain (exploration, mining, processing, transport, closure, and post-closure). Topics such as artisanal and small-scale mining, project financing, and an overview of a variety of commodities are included. Key trends within mining are also explored including insight into new and developing technologies, and true sustainability within mining.

Students will leave this course with a solid grasp of mining terminology, processes, and business practices that will help them work in or with professionals in the mining industry.

About the Audience

This course provides a robust foundation to the key components of the mining industry and introduces the learner to the mining value chain, industry specific terminology and key concepts.

This course is for anyone who is interested in the mining sector and would like a broad overview of the mining value chain without the technical details.

Examples of those who may be interested include: geologists, chemists, engineers, government officials, regulators, data scientists, policy setters, non-governmental organizations, procurement specialists, academics, finance professionals, sustainability experts, lawyers, and administrative staff.


Recommended Background

This is an introductory level course. No specific pre-requisites are recommended.



Course Details

Duration: 4 Hours

Access: 90 Days

Category: Mining

Level: Introduce

Version Date: September 1 2021

Delivery Format: On-Demand

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Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to;


  • Summarize the purpose of mining and how the mining industry impacts the world.
  • Use key terminology and common acronyms appropriately.
  • Outline the key steps in the mining value chain and how they interact with each other.
  • Discuss major trends in mining and identify the impact they have on the industry and its players.
  • Describe the lifecycle of exploration and the key requirements for reporting Mineral Resources and Reserves.
  • Explain the main methods used across mining and processing, including waste management.
  • Examine remediation, closure and post-closure practises, and how they interact with the whole value chain.
  • Identify the primary roles associated with each step of the mining value chain.
  • Recognise risks (both threats and opportunities) and challenges faced by the mining sector (social, political, government, environment, health, safety, etc).
  • Compare large-scale mining to artisanal and small-scale mining.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

What is Mining : About the Course
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Module 1: The Basics
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Module 1: Knowledge Check
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Module 2: The Mining Value Chain
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Module 2: Knowledge Check
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Module 3: Trends in Mining
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Module 3: Knowledge Check
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Module 4: Exploration and Projects
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Module 4: Knowledge Check
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Module 5: Mining and Processing
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Module 5: Knowledge Check
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Module 6: Commodities
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Module 7: Artisanal Small-Scale Mining
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Module 7: Knowledge Check
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Final Exam
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Learner Survey
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