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Underground Mining Essentials Certificate

14-week full-time certificate

Where: Campbell River
Starts: TBD
  • Gain the fundamental skills for employment in the mining sector and earn an estimated $65,000 to $90,000 per year.
  • Earn industry certifications in Occupational First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, H2S Alive and more.
  • Be prepared for employment in the rapidly growing underground mining, open pit mining and sand/gravel quarry mining industry.

Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will qualify for entry-level positions at coal, potash, hardrock, and sand/gravel quarry mining sites.


  • Industry Approved: NIC's Underground Mining Essentials program meets or exceeds the standards laid out by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council for entry level underground mining personnel plus it meets the industry's demand for new and skilled workers.
  • Be prepared: Underground Mining Essentials is the only program of its kind in BC. You will gain the skills and knowledge you need for entry into the mining industry. You will learn from instructors with real-world experience and graduate with hands-on training with tools and equipment.
  • Be in demand: Canada is one of the leading mining countries in the world and ranked among the top five global producers for several major minerals and metals. The demand for qualified graduates is high, with an expectation that the industry will need to recruit 92,000 new workers over the next ten years.
  • Workforce training solutions. NIC works with employers and groups to deliver underground mining courses upon request. The location and combination of courses can be tailored to suit your needs, preparing your crew with fundamental underground mining skills.


The Underground Mining Essentials certificate is designed as an entry point into the mining industry. Training is designed for individuals with limited experience, who have a desire to work in the field and gain the fundamental skills to pursue entry level positions in the mining sector. Skills gained in the program are directly transferable to entry-level positions in operations specific to underground mining, open pit mining and sand/gravel quarry mining.

The program consists of 340 hours of instruction and hands on training, with an additional 61 hours of industry certifications delivered over 14 weeks. Classes are held during the day.  You will attend lectures, participate in class discussions and complete assignments, quizzes and tests. You will also have opportunities to tour local mines as an introduction to the workplace atmosphere above and below ground.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will qualify for entry-level positions in underground mining, open pit mining, and sand/gravel quarry sites. Job titles could include, but would not be limited to, haulage crew worker, ore truck driver, mine labourer, prep plant worker, mill worker, nipper, supply service worker, blaster helper, hardrock miner apprentice, powderman/woman helper, and entry-level scooptram operator.

Supply List

You are expected to have the following safety equipment:

  • miner hard hat
  • safety glasses
  • hearing protection
  • coveralls
  • hi-visibility vest
  • CSA approved safety boots and/or muck boots 

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10 or NIC ENG-034, ENG 035, or equivalent; or successful NIC English assessment testing.
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Foundations Math 10, Pre-Calculus Math 10, or NIC MAT-034; or successful NIC math assessment testing.
  3. High School graduation is preferred in addition to the stated prerequisites.

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To Be Successful

In addition to admission requirements, the following is highly recommended:
  • strong word processing and spreadsheet skills are an asset as computers are used in most workplaces.
  • desire to work in a safety-conscious, fast-paced work environment.
  • strong study skills and the ability to complete frequent and regular homework

Program Requirements

  • MIN-100 Introduction to the Mining Industry
  • MIN-101 Mining Health and Safety
  • MIN-102 Fundamentals of Mining Technologies
  • MIN-103 Introduction to Mining Skills
  • MIN-104 Emergency Mining Procedures
  • MIN-105 Worksite Readiness

Program Co-Requisites

The following industry certifications will be scheduled within the program cluster and you are required to complete the below co-requisites to achieve the program credential.

  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level One (OFA)
  • OFA-001 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • MVO-069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • CTQ-010 Construction Safety Training Systems – 09 (CSTS)
  • FAC-021 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C
  • GAS-010 H2S Alive
  • TRD-016 Aerial Lift Safety

The certificate program is comprised of a total of 340 hours of instruction in addition to 61 hours of industry certification to meet the program requirements.

Completion Requirements

You must have successfully passed all core mining components with a minimum of 70% and have successfully passed all certification courses to receive the Underground Mining Essentials Certificate.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $8,580
NISU Fees $65
Learner Resource $70
Total $8,715

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