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Code Essentials

AusIMM’s JORC Code Essentials course guides participants through the intricacies of public reporting in accordance with the JORC Code (2012).

This course is vital for Company Directors and Executives to understand their professional and regulatory obligations when reporting in accordance with codes and standards, stock exchange listing rules and regulation. Featuring a balance of technical detail, regulation, and compliance discussion with an in-depth look at real case studies.

This course is suitable for

Company Directors and Officers

Understand liabilities, professional and regulatory obligations.

Those in Planning and execution-based roles

Knowledge of public reporting requirements provides assistance when defining production guidelines.

Law, finance and investment professionals

Develop a greater understanding of requirements for public reporting using the JORC Code in the mining and mineral exploration sector.

Expression of interest for JORC Code Essentials 2020

Course structure

The three-week course consists of three modules. Each of the three modules contains a live webinar that will be recorded and can be viewed at a later date if participants are unable to attend the live session.

Throughout the course participants will engage in interactive learning activities and real-life case studies facilitated by industry experts.

Participants have the option to complete a final assignment, implementing their new-found knowledge. Upon passing the assignment, participants will receive a Professional Certificate in JORC Code Essentials.

Course details

Duration: 3 weeks
Estimated workload: 10 hours
Format: 100% online
Language: English
Next intake: TBC 2020

Course modules

Module 1

The JORC Code and regulatory environment.

Module 2

Write a compliant and engaging public announcement.

Module 3

Public disclosure case studies.


Learning outcomes

Understand the roles of key stakeholders in public reporting arena.

Understand the regulatory framework and the role it plays in the mining industry.

Explain how the JORC Code helps mitigate investment risk.

Understand the consequences of not meeting the Code.

Describe the requirements of reporting Exploration, Resource & Reserve data. Accessible to the non-technical operator.

Recognise and counter some common misconceptions about the regulatory framework.

Describe the differences between competent person and company officer.

Understand the role of the regulators and the process they undertake to review disclosure statements.

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Expert delivery

This course will be delivered by

René Sterk

Director and Principal Consultant at RSC Global

René has undertaken geological projects in many countries in Africa, Australasia and Europe and has experience with a wide variety of geological settings and commodities. René specialises in resource development, QA/QC and successful sampling, and has a strong skill set in resource modelling, grade control, and reconciliation. He has led numerous exploration and mine geology teams across the globe and has consulted to a range of companies, from junior explorers to large international mining houses. René is the principal author of many Canadian NI 43-101 and JORC Code compliant resource and exploration studies and has assisted clients with exploration programmes for these and other projects. He holds a Master’s degree in Structural Geology and Tectonics. Rene is a Chartered Professional and a Fellow with the AusIMM and has published papers, instructional videos, and provided training on sampling, QAQC, and resource estimation.

Testimonials from past participants


“The course covered relevant contemporary issues, very good update and refresher.”


“The elements of the course I found the most helpful were the discussions around terminology and learning dos and don’ts of public reporting.”


“This course is the right balance of technical details and regulations, compliance discussion.”

Course input from

Chris Cairns

Executive Director – Stavely Minerals; JORC Committee member

Steve Hunt

Chief Advisor Orebody Knowledge – Rio Tinto; Chair – JORC Committee

Colin Moorhead

Executive Director – PT Merdeka Copper Gold; Immediate Past AusIMM President

Louis Rozman

Former Chairman – Pacific Road Capital; Chair – VALMIN Committee

Course pricing

AusIMM Member


+ GST (for Australia based participants)

Non AusIMM Member


+ GST (for Australia based participants)

Optional assessment


Upon passing, participants can complete an optional assessment to receive a Professional Certificate in JORC Code Essentials.


What are the technical requirements to participate in the course? i.e. do I need a webcam, microphone, etc?
The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform called Cahoot which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. They will not be required to download any software and will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

How long will the course take?
The entire course will run over three weeks – three modules over three weeks. Plus, an extra week if the participant chooses to complete the final assignment to receive a Professional Certificate in JORC Code Essentials. It is expected that participants will take about 10 hours to finish the course. This includes attendance at live webinars and completion of all learning activities.

Must a participant complete and pass all modules in order to finish the course?
Yes, it is a requirement for participants to complete all modules and pass all learning activities. If the participant has opted to complete the final assessment, this must also be complete before a professional certificate is awarded.

How often will the courses be run?
The first intake will commence on 8 October 2018. Following this, we aim to run two to three intakes each year.

Can a participant sign up for only one or two modules?
Unfortunately no, the course must be completed in its entirety.

Will the course be delivered in other languages?
At the moment, no, but we will be looking at delivering the course in other languages in the near future.

Does someone have to have a prequalification of years’ experience before they can do the course?
No. If this course will help participants to better understand the JORC Code and its requirements.

About Cahoot

Cahoot Learning is reclaiming the human learning experience in a digital world.
The Cahoot environment is a highly dynamic educational platform that brings together the best practices of formal education and live delivery to create a world-leading online learning environment.

This cloud-based environment contains a wide range of course elements such as live discussions, group networking forums, interactive learning tasks and personal guidance from facilitators. These combine to create a truly engaging experience with fellow online learners and the industry’s finest experts.

Provide benchmarking, demonstrate educational progress and provide rigor to the issuing of certificates.

Discussion forums
Facilitate ongoing communication and interaction between all participants, the expert facilitators and course moderators.

Case Studies
Explore the practical elements of the course content and facilitate discussion through shared problem solving.

Live events
Synchronous online events where presenter/s and attendees all participate.

Pre recorded content with the expert talking through course elements. The video can include slides and dynamic visual components.

Accumulated throughout the course and built to become a library of essential documents, links, recordings and videos.

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Confirmation of Enrolments:
Course enrolments will be acknowledged as they are received with payment in full. Receipts for registration payments will be attached to the confirmation letter.

Please note that all international transaction fees and local tax withheld are the responsibility of the enrolling participant (or their company). Please ensure the transmitted payment will cover any such amount. Payment must accompany all enrolments. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club International

The total amount invoiced to the participant and/or company must be paid in full prior to course commencement date. The payment must be made in Australian dollars. Participants and/or company is liable for fees and taxes.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations of enrolment must be by email only ( Refunds will apply as follows:

  • More than 28 days before the course – Full refund
  • 28 – 7 days before the course – Refund (less $500 administration charge)
  • 7 days or less before the course or non-attendance – No refund (no exceptions)

An organisation may send an alternative participant if enrolment has been paid and the enrolled person is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, the course administration must be advised of the change via email ( prior to the course commencement date. No changes are allowed once the course has commenced.

Only pre-enrolled, pre-paid participants will be guaranteed access to the course. Upon receipt of your enrolment and payment, AusIMM will send confirmation.

AusIMM member fee:
To qualify for the special fee of ‘AusIMM member’ as quoted on the enrolment form you must be a financial (paid) member. AusIMM 2018 membership fees were due by 1 January 2018. Non-member enrolment fees apply to all non-members and non-financial AusIMM members.

Participant list:
Please note that all enrolled participants may have their name, position, company and email address shown within the online course platform.

AusIMM reserves the right to change the intake schedule or to cancel or postpone the course if minimum numbers are not met.

Throughout the course the participant must provide all answers in English. This includes all modules and the final assignment. Please note all final assignments are kept on file. Any participant caught plagiarising another person’s (past or current) final assignment will receive zero. Where necessary referencing the code and other course materials is acceptable.

The pass rate for AusIMM’s Online Professional Certificate in JORC Code Reporting is 60%. Refunds are not available if the participant fails to reach a passing grade.