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Code Reporting

Alongside leading experts in the mining industry, AusIMM has developed the Online Professional Certificate in JORC Code Reporting for resources professionals to understand how to report effectively and in accordance with the JORC Code.

This course has been specifically designed for resources professionals responsible for drafting JORC Code Reports (e.g. Competent Persons or aspiring Competent Persons). In eight-weeks you will develop an in-depth understanding of the JORC Code, including recognising obligations and liabilities, demonstrating its correct applications across different industries, and appropriately applying the Code in the reporting environment under the ASX and ASIC.

The interactive, online format of the course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in a community-based environment from wherever they are situated – in the office, on a mine site, at home or at the airport at their own pace.

Note: This course does not enable a practitioner to qualify as a Competent Person. All the criteria as specified in the JORC Code must still be met.


This course is suitable for

Aspiring Competent Persons

Develop an in-depth understanding of the JORC Code and its application.

Mining industry professionals

Ensure that you are performing at the highest level expected.

Mining companies listed or looking to list on the Stock Exchange

Establish your team’s knowledge of the JORC Code’s intricacies and its application in the reporting environment.

Submit an expression of interest for the Online Professional Certificate in JORC Code Reporting

Course structure

The eight-week course consists of six modules delivered over six weeks, with two additional weeks to complete a final assignment. Each of the six modules contains a 90-minute live webinar delivered by two industry experts. The weekly webinars 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 facilitated by industry experts, that can be completed in their own time within that module week. Additional associated learning resources will be provided such as real-life case studies and bespoke videos.

The final assignment implements newfound knowledge with opportunity for personalised feedback from expert facilitator. A professional certificate awarded upon completion of all learning activities and final assignment.

Course details

Duration: 8 weeks
Estimated workload: 40 hours
Format: 100% online
Language: English
Next intake: September 2020

Please note the time change from AEDT to AEST during module six of the course.

Webinar times for March 2020

Module 1

Why the JORC Code? Context and Principles
Tuesday 3 March, 11.30 – 13.00 AEDT

Module 2

Exploration Reporting
Tuesday 10 March, 11.30 – 13.00 AEDT

Module 3

Technical Studies – how to properly inform investors
Tuesday 17 March, 11.30 – 13.00 AEDT

Module 4

Mineral Resources Reporting
Tuesday 24 March, 11.30 – 13.00 AEDT

Module 5

Ore Reserves Reporting
Tuesday 31 March, 11.30 – 13.00 AEDT

Module 6

The Regulatory Environment
Tuesday 7 April, 11.30 – 13.00 AEST

Learning objectives

Appraise the obligations and liabilities of the Competent Person under the JORC Code

Describe a holistic view of the JORC Code and the role it plays in the minerals industry

Interpret the JORC Code within the context of your working environment

Apply the JORC Code in the reporting environment

Recognise and counter common misconceptions about the JORC Code

Identify good and poor technical reporting

Apply the lessons learned from case studies

Demonstrate the correct application of the JORC Code

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Course facilitators

Roderick Carlson

Geology Manager / Principal Geologist, AMC Consultants

Rod is a Member and Registered Professional Geologist in Mineral Exploration and Mining with the AIG and a Member of The AusIMM. Rod is a principal geologist with extensive management and consulting experience, and is experienced in areas including resource evaluation and audit, mine to mill reconciliation, geochemistry, drilling interpretation, and regolith mapping. Rod is the current chair of the Queensland AIG State Branch. With significant project management and peer review experience, Rod has worked across numerous commodities including gold, copper, bauxite, platinum, and coal. He has extensive international experience, having worked on projects in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Colombia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, and Oman. Rod has also conducted industry-training programmes in areas including geology for non-geologists, practical sampling, QA/QC, grade control, geostatistics, and reconciliation. He has generated resource reports to JORC Code and NI 43-101 standards.

Roderick is contributing to the development and delivery of Modules 1, 3 and 5.

Ivy Chen

Principal Consultant, CSA Global

Ivy is a corporate governance specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in mining and resource estimation. She served as the national geology and mining adviser for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) from 2009–2015 and is currently Principal Consultant at CSA Global. Ivy’s experience in the mining industry in Australia and China, as an operations and consulting geologist includes open pit and underground mines for gold, manganese and chromite. As a consulting geologist she has conducted mineral project evaluation, strategy development and implementation, through to senior corporate management roles. Ivy joined the VALMIN committee in 2015.

Ivy is contributing to the development and delivery of Modules 2, 4 and 6.

Gerry Fahey

Principal Mining Geologist, CSA Global

Gerry has more than 40 years’ experience in mining, geology, resources and project evaluation, and provides advice on feasibility studies, JORC Code and NI 43-101 reporting and independent geologist reports. Gerry has a strong operational background experience in senior management roles on operating mines in Australia and internationally. His operational skills can be deployed globally to deliver onsite mining dilution and operator training workshops, as well as mentoring and training for mine geologists and technicians. Gerry is a former member of the Executive of the Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC) and a former chairman of the AIG (Australian Institute of Geologists).

Gerry is contributing to the development and delivery of Modules 2, 4 and 6.

Andrew Hall

AMC Director and General Manager Melbourne

Andrew has over 20 years of mining and project management experience. His expertise is predominantly in feasibility study assessment, technical due diligence, and business improvement in underground and open pit metalliferous mining. Andrew has managed numerous scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies world-wide, and overseen the preparation of public reports and performed the role of Qualified/Competent Person for Mineral/Ore Reserves in accordance with the requirements of NI43-101 and the JORC Code.

Andrew will be a joint presenter for Module 3.

Graham Jeffress

Principal Consultant / Manager – Corporate, CSA Global

Graham is a geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in exploration and management in Australia, PNG and Indonesia, working for companies large and small, government, and in consulting. He has worked in exploration (ranging from grassroots reconnaissance through to brownfields, near-mine, and resource definition), project evaluation and mining. Graham manages CSA Global’s corporate services, providing expert technical reviews, valuations, and independent reporting services under CRIRSCO-family codes. Graham was a Federal Councillor of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists for 11 years and joined the Joint Ore Reserves Committee in 2014, where he is a member of the executive committee.

Graham is contributing to the development and delivery of Modules 2, 4 and 6.

Mark Noppe

FAusIMM CP(Geo), MSc(Exploration Geology)
Managing Director, SRK Consulting (Australasia)

Mark is a leader in the mining and geoscience consulting industry. Mark provides technical advice, mine and project reviews, due diligence and audits, process improvement studies, as well as training and mentoring in all aspects of orebody knowledge, from exploration reporting, resource definition and reporting, mine geology and grade control through to inputs into reserving and feasibility studies. He assists clients in understanding, developing and reporting on their mineral assets. Mark’s technical experience covers a wide range of commodities, geological, geographic and mining settings.

Mark has held positions as Chair of the Southern Queensland branch of the AusIMM, the Consultants Society of The AusIMM, the Geostatistical Association of Australasia, and Secretary of the Geostatistical Association of South Africa.

Mark is the main facilitator of all six modules.

René Sterk

Principal Resource Consultant, 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.

Rene is featured in all six modules and is guiding participants with the final assignment.

Peter Stoker

Principal Geologist, AMC consultants

Peter is a geologist with experience in mine geology, mineral resource and ore reserve estimation, feasibility studies, project evaluation, mineral exploration and public reporting. Peter is an Honorary Fellow of The AusIMM and a Chartered Professional (CP) in geology. Peter is an Honorary Member of China Mining Association. He is the deputy chairman of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC), was Chairman from 2005 to 2014, and Secretary from 1999 to 2005. He is a JORC representative on the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO). Peter was a contributor and member of the steering committee for Monograph 23 “Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves Estimation – The AusIMM Guide to Good Practice” and the second edition, Monograph 30. He has written papers on Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimation, classification, exploration research, and practice. Peter was chair of The AusIMM’s Geoscience Taskforce, an AusIMM Councillor, branch chairman, and secretary. Peter has conducted numerous training sessions on JORC Code reporting and related issues in Australasia, China, Russia, Indonesia, and Philippines.

Peter is contributing to the development and delivery of Modules 1, 3 and 5.

Glen Williamson

AMC Principal Mining Engineer

Glen has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry in a range of commodities, and in roles ranging from mine planning, operations management, technical management, feasibility studies, due diligence reviews, and ore reserve estimation and reporting. He has worked for mining companies, mining contractors and in consulting. Glen has worked on open pit iron ore, manganese, coal, nickel laterite, bauxite, phosphate, potash, precious metals, and base metals projects throughout Australia, the Pacific region, south east Asia, South America, Africa, Russia, and Kazakhstan, including nickel laterite projects in PNG and Indonesia.

Glen will be a joint presenter for Module 5.

Testimonials from past participants


“It was useful, informative, applicable to my career and a really refreshing learning experience that I looked forward to using in my working day.”


“The course has exceeded my expectations, I have gained a whole new level of understanding and appreciation not just around the JORC Code but the influence this has on the mining industry, but also the ASX.”


“Access to best in the field experts, the professional structure of the course and the quality of the materials mean that it is a worthy investment for our technical professionals.”

Course pricing

Individual (Non AusIMM Member)


+ GST (for Australia based participants)

Individual (AusIMM Member)


+ GST (for Australia based participants)

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 eight weeks (six modules over six weeks plus another two weeks to finish the final assignment). It is expected that participants will take about 40 hours to finish the entire 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, including the final assessment. A professional certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.

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 someone is on the pathway to becoming a Competent Person, then doing this course early will help them to better understand the JORC Code and its requirements.

Will current Competent Persons and industry practitioners be required to undertake this training before reporting?
It is not currently mandatory but it is highly recommended to raise the knowledge of the overall profession.

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:
Participants will receive a confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Receipts for payments will be attached to the confirmation letter. Payment is required within 7 working days of enrolment.

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 2020 membership fees were due by 1 January 2020. 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 the learning activities in 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 JORC Code and other course materials is acceptable.

The pass rate for the final assignment is 60% and 100% completion of all course modules.
For final assignment grades between 50% and 60%, participants will be offered a chance to re-submit the assignment within a one-week period, provided all modules have been completed.

Refunds are not available if the participant fails to reach a passing grade.

Participants who fail to reach a passing grade are not eligible to receive a Professional Certificate in JORC Code Reporting.