Best Mining Online Courses

Information verified correct on October 28th, 2016


We’ve dug up all the information on the best online courses available in the field of mining.

If you’re interested in getting in on one of Australia’s iconic industries, then you might need some qualifications to get your break.

Why should I study mining?

You probably already know this, but when it comes to natural resources, Australia is geologically blessed and consistently ranks as one of the world’s most productive mining nations. The great news is that all of this productivity translates to jobs and to opportunities. But mining is no longer a case of going out into the desert with a pick axe and a canary, in fact, it’s a complicated blend of science, geology and, often, economics.

On top of this there is shipping and logistics, trade agreements and market factors to manage. It’s a widely diverse field that supports a diverse array of jobs. If you’re interested in a career in mining then you’re probably going to need some kind of qualification.

To save you from mining through all of the information available online, we’ve compiled a guide to the best courses available to you at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a range of short courses.

What are the courses for mining ?

There are fewer online courses available in mining than some other subjects, though this is because the route to mining could be through another field, like geology, engineering or science. If you know you want to work in mining, but also want to get an undergraduate degree and study online, then perhaps you should look at our other course guides that cover fields like science or engineering.

If you are looking for a short course, or something for professional development then be sure to look into the courses listed below:

  • Graduate diploma in extractive metallurgy at the Open University.
  • Associated degree in engineering at Open University.
  • Mining engineering at Open 2 Study.
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What are the tuition  fees and other expenses to study Mining?

The tuition will vary on all of the courses. The Open University courses are designed to allow you to study at your own pace, and to select the relevant units as you go, but to give you an idea of costs, on the associated degree in engineering course, Open University indicates that the cost will be $769 per unit, and the courses contains 16 units. That’s a total of $12,304.

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What are the best institutes in Australia to study mining?

The benefit of online study is that you can customise it to fit your circumstance and lifestyle, it can, however, also take a long time and studying alone does present its challenges. When selecting a course to take online the most important thing is that you find a course that will hold your interest and that will point you in the direction that you want your career to go.

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What are the career opportunities for mining?

There are a range of employment opportunities within mining, the work could include anything from:

  • Geologist
  • Surveyor
  • Electrical engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Machine operator
  • Welder
  • Driller
  • Project manager
  • Mining HR
  • Trade and logistics supervisor
Average salary
  • The average hourly rate in the sector was reported to be $52.30.

And many more. It’s a diverse field that requires a range of skills. Remember that these jobs are often in remote parts of the country, so expect travel and long periods away from your home. It’s often hard physical work, under some difficult environmental conditions, but it can be rewarding work and is often well paid.

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2 Responses to Best Mining Online Courses

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    Haresh | October 13, 2016

    I am 46 yrs from india I am interested in doing mining unskilled labour job which course will suit me

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      Stephanie | October 19, 2016

      Hi Haresh,

      Thanks for your question.

      Some online institutions allow you to study mining courses online. These include: Iminco, Open2Study and Open Universities.

      If you are interested in any of their courses, it might be worth contacting them direct for further information.

      Hope that helps,


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