Through a program of short courses and study tours, IM4DC is facilitating the transfer of mining for development expertise to developing country clients, in partnership with Australian Aid and others. IM4DC offers short courses and study tours as a flexible and intensive learning experience for participants to gain knowledge and skills aligned to their priorities and needs. 

The following are a number of IM4DC education and training programs that are open to participants from IM4DC priority countries.

Course: Minerals Negotiation Skills Program
Description: This program will provide participants with the skills to be effective and strategic negotiators in the resource sector. Professionals with negotiation skills are sought after by the minerals and energy sector and by governments and civil society organisations that interface with mining.
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: 11 to 13 March 2015
Who should apply: East African professionals working in government, academic institutions and civil society organisations who are responsible for negotiating mining contracts, consulting with stakeholders and/or facilitating community engagement are invited to apply for the training.
Course outline: Minerals Negotiation Skills Course Outline
Status: Registrations open – Click here to apply


Course: Regional Development and Mining
Description: This program focuses on regional development and regional governance and how communities can enhance the economic and social aspects of mining.
Location: Manila, the Philippines
Date: 2 to 13 March 2015
Who should apply: Mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and academic institutions in Asia and the Pacific with a responsibility for, or focus on regional development and governance.
Course outline: Regional Development and Mining Course Outline
Status: Registrations open – Click here to apply 


Course: Environmental Management in Mining Course
Description: This course will enable delegates to acquire new skills and knowledge about leading practices in environmental management in mining. The overall aim is to build the capacity of participants  to oversee development of minerals and energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Date: 2 to 27 March 2015
Who should apply: Mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and academic institutions engaged in environmental management in the resource sector.
Course outline: Environmental Management in Mining Course
Status: Registrations open – Click here to apply


Course: Geotechnical and Environmental Management of Large Volume Waste
Description: This program will provide an overview of the geotechnical and environmental management of tailings facilities and rock dumps including waste site rehabilitation.
Location: Kitwe, Zambia
Date: 24 to 28 November 2014
Who should apply: Representatives of government ministries, civil society organisations, academic institutions and industry in East Africa who have a responsibility for the geotechnical or environmental management of large volume waste in the resource sector.
Course outline: Geotechnical and Environmental Management of Large Volume Waste Course Outline
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Emerging Leaders in African Mining Program – African Mining Indaba 2015
Description: This program will provide a unique opportunity for professionals working in the African mining sector to enhance their effectiveness as leaders and contribute to improved governance of the sector. Download the course flyer here: ELAM Course Flyer
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 2 to 13 February 2015
Who should apply: Mid to senior level personnel in a university, training agency, government ministry or agency, industry or civil society role engaged in the resource sector.
Course outline: ELAM Course Outline
Status: Registratons closed


Course: Occupational Health and Safety Leadership short course
Description: This short course will provide an overview of the nature and management of occupational health and safety in the resources sector. Key leadership skills will be developed so that participants can take a senior role in the oversight of occupational health and safety.
Location: Perth, Western Australie
Date: 17 November to 12 December 2014
Who should apply: Mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and academic institutions engaged in occupational health and safety management in the resource sector.
Course outline: OHS Leadership Course Outline
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Australian short course on Regional Development and Mining
Description: This program focuses on how developing areas can enhance the economic and social benefits from mining. It will give explicit consideration to regional investment, employment generation, enterprise development, local firm integration into resource projects, infrastructure and service deployment, landholder management and regional governance. One week of the program will consist of a study tour to the resource regions of Kalgoorlie and the South-West.
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Date: 3 February to 28 February 2014
Who should apply: Ministry officials with responsibility for regional development and governance, academics in universities with a focus on regional development, and NGO representatives.
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Emerging Leaders in African Mining
Description: This course is a professonal development program for emerging leaders engaged in roles related to the African mining sector. The Emerging Leaders in African Mining 2014 program will provide an opportunity for young leaders to learn from international faculty and each other about how to lead effectively in the sector and to contribute meaningfully to mining-based sustainable development.
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 26 January to 7 February 2014
Who should apply: Young professionals (up to the age of 40 years old) working in government, university, civil society and private sector organisations in Africa who deal with mining and development issues and have been identified as emerging leaders in their areas of expertise.
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Australian short course on Environmental Management in Mining
Description: Environmental Management in Mining is a four-week training course that will allow delegates to acquire new skills and knowledge about best practices in environmental management in mining, with the overall aim being to build the capacity of developing countries to develop their minerals and energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Date: 3 February to 28 February 2014
Who should apply: Mid to senior level professionals working in a role related to environmental management in the mining sector
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Practical and Effective Integration of Geoscience, Geographical and Cadastral Data in GIS Systems
Description: This course aims to introduce the geographical information systems (GIS) in the resources sector. It will address the introduction and review of GIS in geology and environmental science, geographic analyses, remote sensing, spatial statistics, GIS data acquisition and storage, and GIS (geology) data standards. A one-day practical field-data acquisition will be carried out. The majority of the time will be spent on practical hands-on activities, exercised in both proprietary and open-source software packages (ArcGIS, QGIS).
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Date: 20 January to 31 January 2014
Who should apply: Mid to senior level African government officers working with GIS in the resource industry and academics in universities with a GIS in mining focus.
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Mineral Policy and Economics Short Course
Description: The short course will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of minerals policy that informs regulatory frameworks and economics in the resource sector.
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Date: 23 June to 18 July 2014
Who sould apply: The course is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in resource sector policy analysis, design and implementation.
Status: Registrations closed


Course: Masterclass on Resource Governance
Description: The masterclass will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of governance in the resources sector. It will address principles of policy and regulatory frameworks in key areas across the life cycle of mining operations from exploration through to closure, and also the role of various stakeholder groups in governance arrangements in local, national and international contexts. The program will allow participants to share experiences with their peers and a range of expert presenters.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Date: 30 June to 26 July 2014
Who should apply: The program is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in various aspects of the governance and analysis of resource sectors in their countries and regions.
Staus: Registrations closed


Course: Community Aspects of Resource Developments Short Course
Description: The course acknowledges the complexity of issues surrounding the governance of mining projects and the many social challenges faced on the ground by all stakeholders. It has two specific objectives: firstly, to better understand international companies in the resource sector and the business imperative for establishing a “social license to operate”, and second, to equip participants to better deal with complex community relations issues.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Date: 28 July to 22 August 2014
Who should apply: The program is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in various aspects of the governance and analysis of resource sectors in their countries and regions.
Status: Registrations closed