Fundamentals of Mining


This course provides an introduction to the discipline of mining and other relevant enabling sub-disciplines (mine geology, mine survey, mineral processing); the various facets of mining within the mining industry; importance of sustainable mining practices from exploration to mine closure; and a practical understanding of the key elements of each of the major mining methods in use both in Zimbabwe and internationally. Through case studies using a selection of mining methods, the elements of typical mining operations are examined to identify the key drivers for methods and any critical factors regarding application and limitations.The principal objective of the course is to equip artisanal/ small scale miners with skills of mining at a small scale mining level and to have a fair knowledge of proper management of mineral resources and finally improve/increase their production. It also aims to improve the skills and knowledge of owners and workforce at the small mines who would be able to interact effectively with various service providers like Ministry of Mines & Mining Development, EMA, district councils, police, suppliers and other technical service providers like mining engineers, geologists, surveyors.


At the conclusion of this course, students will recieve a Zimbabwe School of Mines certificate as testimory of their hard work and acquired skills gained during their learning experience.


At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the role of the mining engineer within the mining industry
  • Have a greater awareness of the key sub-disciplines (including geology and risk management) that support mining engineering.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of sustainable mining practices from exploration to mine closure.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of all major generic mining methods.

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Course Atributes

Total Course Duration: 1 week

Target Audience: Small Scale Miners

Artisanal Miners

Course Level: Certificate