Underground Mining Essentials Certificate

Gain fundamental skills for employment in the mining sector. You will receive instruction and hands-on training, along with industry certifications. The skills you will develop will be directly transferable to entry-level positions in operations specific to underground mining, open pit mining and sand/gravel quarry mining.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: TBD
Length: 4 months

We have been very satisfied with the Underground Mining training cohorts that have been delivered in collaboration with NIC. Having the ability to deliver quality training in remote locations has enabled students to live at home which has significantly increased their odds of success. The training programs have also provided us with a great opportunity to strengthen and build relationships in the communities in which we operate.

Charles Daley, corporate social responsibility coordinator, Avino Silver & Gold Mines

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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.

*Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.

Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve a minimum C in each course to pass the program. Students will be required to pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10; or C in two of Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10; or C in NIC ENG-035; or C+ in Communications 12, or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
  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

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

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 

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $8,745
NISU Fees $65
Learner Resource $76
Total $8,886

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.