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Gain competency and expand your knowledge on the geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management.

Quick facts


Per module
1 week

Full course
6 weeks


100% online

Course type

Professional Certificate

Next intake

8 February

PD Hours

Per module
6 hours

Not assessed 
Per module  
3 hours 


Course delivered in English

Course Overview

AusIMM, in conjunction with leading experts in the mining industry, has developed the Online Professional Certificate in Tailings Management. Featuring internationally-renowned tailings experts and case studies, the course will cover geotechnical, geochemical, governance, closure and socio-economic considerations of tailings management. 

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. 

Course Options

Participants have the flexibility to select which modules they would like to complete within an intake and whether they would like to undertake formal assessments as part of the learning experience.  

The course content for each module will be delivered over one week. Participants can choose one of the following options 

Professional Certificate (six modules with assessment)
A Professional Certificate in Tailings Management will be awarded upon successful completion of all six modules and their associated assessments.  

Full course (six modules, no assessment)
Participants can access the full course content but will not undertake the written assessment componentCertificate of Completion will be awarded upon completion of all six modules. 

Selection of individual modules (with or without assessment)
Participants may choose to complete modules as individual units of learning (with or without assessments). Please note, Module 1 is a prerequisite for Modules 2-5. 

Course Structure

The course content for each module will be delivered over one week. Each module consists of: 

  • A live 90-minute webinar featuring industry experts 
  • Pre-recorded videos, featuring Q&As with global tailings experts 
  • Interactive learning activities and group discussions 
  • Additional readings and case studies 
  • Multiple choice questions  

The Professional Certificate option will also involve 

  • Short answer questions 
  • Marked feedback from facilitators  
  • The opportunity to resubmit answers  

Course Pricing


Please select one of the following options to enrol.



Individual modules

No assessment

Member $450
Non-member $600

+ GST (for Australian based participants)


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Marked assessment

Member $600
Non-member $750

+ GST (for Australian based participants)


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Full course | Six modules

No assessment

Member $1,790
Non-member $2,490

+ GST (for Australian based participants)


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Professional Certificate

Member $2,290
Non-member $2,990

+ GST (for Australian based participants)


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International enrolments 

Module 1

Introduction to tailings management

  • Describe the key elements of tailings management
  • Explain the variations in tailings management globally
  • Describe the cause(s) and impact(s) of tailings dam failures
  • Discuss some opportunities for improvement to tailings management
Module 2

Geotechnical considerations for tailings management

  • Identify the key geotechnical causes of failures
  • Explain risk assessment methods and risk acceptability
  • Explain tailings dam/storage design
  • Discuss the key tailings geotechnical parameters
  • Explain construction and operation to ensure compliance with the design intent
Module 3

Geochemical and water considerations for tailings management

  • Explain the geochemical nature of tailings
  • Identify the potential for contamination from tailings
  • Describe the tailings water balance
  • Describe the management of potentially contaminating tailings
Module 4

Governance and surveillance of tailings management

  • Interpret multi-stakeholder governance
  • Interpret corporate governance
  • Discuss regional and global guidelines
  • Examine tailings management regulations
  • Discuss types of monitoring
  • Discuss frequency of monitoring and analysis
  • Explain links to triggers and emergency response
Module 5

Tailings management for closure

  • Explain residual risk and tailings closure opportunities
  • Discuss closure challenges for tailings storage facilities
  • Explain capping and revegetation of tailings
  • Discuss learnings from tailings closure case studies
Module 6

Socio-economic considerations of tailings management

  • Understand net present value versus whole-of-life accounting
  • Examine their impact on operations and closure
  • Discuss key governance considerations, including financial and social licence to operate, post-mining land use and ecological function, and residual risk

Tailings consultants

Contractors and consultants.

Mining companies

Head office senior management and technical personnel with a responsibility for tailings.

Mining industry professionals

Tailings engineers, managers, and operators.

David Williams
David Williams
Professor and Director of Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland; Manager, Large Open Pit Project

Professor David Williams initiated and directs the industry-funded, UQ Geotechnical Engineering Centre at The University of Queensland, which has attracted $10M in funding, and manages the Large Open Pit Project. He has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience, and is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, pertaining to tailings dams in particular.

Professor Williams was a member of an Expert Panel investigating technical causes of the Brumadinho tailings dam failure and is on a number of Tailings Independent Technical Review Boards, including for Escondida.

He authored the 2009 and 2016 Tailings Management Handbook, as part of the Commonwealth Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. Professor Williams is currently involved in the Working Party for the Australian National Committee for Large Dams Guidelines on Tailings Dams – Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure, published in 2012, with an update in 2019.
David Brereton
Researcher and Consultant, Corporate Social Performance

David joined The University of Queensland in 2001 as Director of the newly established Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), one of six organisational units comprising the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). Under David’s leadership, CSRM became a leading global centre for applied research and professional education relating to social performance management in the mining and minerals sector.

In 2012 David moved into a Deputy Director role in the SMI, with responsibility for driving cross-disciplinary research initiatives to address the technical, environmental and social dimensions of mining and sustainability. He retired from the University in July 2016 but continues to be active as a researcher and consultant.

For the first half of 2017 he was based in Lima, Peru, where he worked with the Universidad del Pacifico to build a research capability in mining and sustainability. In 2019 he led the development of a new mining engineering curriculum for the Western Australia School of Mines (Curtin University).

In 2020 he was engaged by the Global Tailings Review to edit a compendium of research papers and commentaries to accompany the release of the Global Tailings Standard. David is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.
David Brereton
Peter Chapman
Peter Chapman (PhD CPEng RPEQ)
Principal Tailings Engineer, Golder

Peter Chapman is a Principal Tailings Engineer based in Golder’s Perth office. He has been with Golder for over 16 years and is the Mine Waste Group Leader for Australia as well as the Leader of Golder’s global Mine Tailings and Facilities Technical Community. His main role is technical direction on tailings projects across all stages of studies and he is Engineer of Record for multiple TSFs.
Deanna Kemp
Director, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland

Deanna is Professor and Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility (CSRM), part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute, at UQ. With a background in business, development studies and social science, Deanna has worked in mining for 20 years. She spent her first 10 years with BHP – in site-based roles, and later in corporate headquarters. She then moved into the university sector. Deanna now leads a group of 25 researchers working in Australia and internationally. The social performance aspects of tailings facility management is one topic, amongst many others, that the Centre works on.
Deanna Kemp
Laurie Reemeyer
Laurie Reemeyer
Principal Consultant
MBA, P.Eng, FAusIMM CP(Met)

Laurie Reemeyer (FAusIMM) has a Bachelor of Engineering (Minerals Process) from University of Queensland and an MBA from UC Berkeley and has over 25 years experience in base metals processing. He started his career at Mount Isa Mines and later was Metallurgy Manager at Zinifex Century Mine, where he had oversight of the tailings storage facility.

As Principal Development Advisor at Zinifex, he was responsible for process and environmental due diligence on potential base metals acquisitions globally. After completing his MBA, he spent several years at Amec Foster Wheeler in study management, process engineering and sustainability roles, before forming Resourceful Paths, a Vancouver based consultancy focused on sustainability in mining and metals. He recently provided technical support to Sedgman and New Century Resources for the reprocessing of historical tailings.
Peter Scott
Director PA Scott Consulting

Peter has over 45 years’ experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry in Australia, Asia Pacific region and Africa in geology, applied geochemistry, and data analysis. He specialises in mining waste management including: material characterisation, leachate control and fate transport modelling, baseline investigation for assessing and monitoring leachate development from mine waste, rehabilitation and remediation design for Acid Metalliferous and Saline Drainage (AMD) in mine waste facilities, development of environmental management plans for managing AMD for life of mine operation, and mining waste risk assessment. He has developed procedures using spatial analysis and mine planning software to determine and quantify reactive mine waste distribution and volumes within existing waste rock storages to enable effective cover design, remediation and closure.
Peter Scott

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 Learning Management System (LMS) 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 Professional Certificate option is estimated to take about 36 hours of learning (approximately six hours per module). Participants who enrol for individual modules will have access to the course platform for two weeks per module. Participants who enrol for all six modules will have access to the course platform for eight weeks to complete all modules.

Must a participant complete and pass all modules in order to finish the course?
Yes, it is a requirement for participants to complete all exercises and pass all learning activities for the modules they enrol for. A Professional Certificate or Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of all six modules (depending on the course option selected).

Do I have to complete all six modules?
No, you can select the modules that relate to your own professional development needs. Note that Module 1 is a prerequisite for Modules 2-5.

How often will the courses be run?
We aim to run two to three intakes each year.

Will the course be delivered in other languages?
At the moment, the course will only be delivered in English. Live captioning can be requested for webinars – please email if this is required.

Does someone have to have a prequalification of years’ experience before they can do the course?
No, however the course is designed for mining professionals who have working knowledge of and some basic working experience in tailings facilities.

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