Introducing Queen's Certificate in Mining Technologies

Drilling and blasting


An Online Certificate Program For Science and Engineering Students
Considering a Career in Mining



Designed for upper-year students and graduates of university programs in science and engineering, Queen’s Certificate in Mining Technologies is an innovative online program to prepare you for a future career in the global mining industry. Combine your degree studies with a certificate specialization in Mining or Mineral Processing and gain a high quality, technically-rigorous education from Canada’s foremost mining engineering school.

Queen’s Certificate in Mining Technologies at a glance:

What it is: An 18-Credit, 6-course certificate program offered in two streams (1) Mining or (2) Mineral Processing.

Who it’s for: 3rd and 4th year engineering and science students who are thinking about pursuing a career in mining, or working professionals with degrees who wish to augment their skill-set.

What fields of study: The certificate will most appeal to engineering students studying civil, geological, (engineering geology), chemical, mechanical, or electrical engineering, and science students pursuing geology, environmental science, chemistry, earth sciences and materials science degrees.

How long does it take: If you only take 1 class per semester, you can finish in two years. You can take up to 2 courses a semester

Who is eligible: You need to have completed two years of study in engineering or a relevant science degree, be in good academic standing and have specific science prerequisites completed. Otherwise, eligibility is considered on a case-by-case basis and will be limited by demand. Our advisors are available to discuss with you before you apply.


Queen’s Certificate in Mining Technologies is designed for students who have completed a minimum of two years of any bachelor’s engineering or relevant science program such as geology or environmental science. Earn your certificate while you complete your degree or after you graduate — it’s up to you.


Choose from one of two streams of certificate study — Mineral Processing or Mining. Each stream includes six courses offered over three academic terms. By taking one course in each of the Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms, you can earn your certificate in just two years.


Combining online lectures, 360-degree videos, tutorials, webinars and team assignments, this interactive program allows students to study part-time from anywhere in the world there is an Internet connection. You’ll have 24/7 access to Queen’s online student resources designed to provide the support you need to achieve your goals.


Queen’s courses are designed by a team of experts in engineering, education and digital learning, with guidance from industry leaders to ensure you gain the practical skills you need to complement your degree and further your career in the global mining industry.

Course Schedule

The tables below outline the are typical schedules for both the Mining Stream and the Mineral Processing Stream. In both streams, 2 courses are offered each semester (Fall, Winter, Summer).

Sample Schedule for Mining Stream Certificate
Program Course Code and TitleFallWinterSpring/Summer
MNTC-305 Introduction to Mining X    
MNTC-307 Geomechanics and Ground Control   X  
MNTC-314 Drilling and Blasting     X
MNTC-413 Surface Mine Design X    
MNTC-414 Underground Mine Planning   X  
MNTC-418 Sustainability and the Environment     X
Sample Schedule for Mineral Processing Stream Certificate
Program Course Code and TitleFallWinterSpring/Summer
MNTC-305 Introduction to Mining X    
MNTC-306 Mineral Processing Unit Operations   X  
MNTC-314 Drilling and Blasting     X
MNTC-415 Metal Extraction Processes X    
MNTC-307 Geomechanics and Ground Control   X  
MNTC-418 Sustainability and the Environment     X


Expand any of the boxes below to learn about the corresponding course. Introduction to Mining (305, Drilling and Blasting (314) and Sustainability and Environment (418) are compulsory in both streams.

  • Introduction to Mining
    Using real-life case studies, you will learn the stages of mining, from exploration and prospecting, to development, exploitation, closure and reclamation.
  • Drilling and Blasting
    You will be taught the principles of commercial explosive engineering in this course examining blast design and its outcomes.
  • Geomechanics and Ground Control
    The action of forces on rock masses is the focus of this course addressing the stress, strain and energy transformations caused by mining.
  • Metal Extraction Processes
    We’ll teach you the fundamentals and practical applications of major hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical unit operations in this course, which will also include discussions of basic processing concepts and unit operations.
  • Mineral Processing Unit Operations
    You will gain practical knowledge about the physical and physiochemical processes of mineral separation, including size reduction, classification, flotation, flocculation, gravity concentration, magnetic, electrostatic separations and dewatering.
  • Surface Mine Design
    This comprehensive overview of the principal components of surface mine design will ready you to apply practical design techniques to mine design and field monitoring.
  • Sustainability and the Environment
    By studying the social, economic, environmental, ethical and technical issues facing the mining industry, you will have what it takes to help the industry increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and operate responsibly and sustainably.
  • Underground Mine Planning
    Informed by Queen’s network of industry professionals, this course introduces the latest mining methods and trends related to ore reserves, tonnage and graduate distribution.

Tuition and Costs

Tuition varies depending on whether you’re a domestic or international student.

Tuition Fee3.0 units
Domestic $714.69 CAD (per 3.0 unit course)
International $2,199.42 CAD (per 3.0 unit course) * an annual UHIP fee may apply

Please visit the Office of the University Registrar's Financial Assistance website for information on student financial aid, including OSAP, bursaries, loans, the Work-Study program and awards for part-time students.

Application for Admission

Fall term (Sept)

Application process opens: May 1
Application Deadline: August 15
Document Deadline: August 25

Winter term (Jan)

Application process opens: September 1
Application Deadline: December 1
Document Deadline: December 15

Summer term (May)

Application process opens: January 1
Application Deadline: April 15
Document Deadline: April 25

Please note that the Document Deadline is the last day to submit required documents for all applicants.


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