Education and Professional Development

AME BC’s tradition of education for the mineral exploration sector dates back to 1918, when it held its first prospecting seminar. Since then, thousands of students have received training in prospecting, mineral exploration, health and safety, and aboriginal engagement through AME BC.

Health & Safety Workshops

AME BC holds a annual Introduction to Exploration Safety workshop and an Exploration Safety Workshop for Project Managers in the spring. The 2013 workshops are tentatively scheduled to take place in Vancouver March 2013.

Mineral Exploration Roundup Short Courses

Part of Mineral Exploration Roundup’s success as the world’s premier mineral exploration conference is its variety of short courses.

BCIT Mining and Mineral Exploration Part-Time Studies

These courses are held by BCIT in cooperation with AME BC, continue an over 90 year old tradition. Most courses are held once or twice annually and are divided into prospector, business, and professional streams. For more information, please visit

Aboriginal Minerals Training Program (AMTP)

The Aboriginal Minerals Training Program (AMTP) is a partnership between the Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC), the Mining Association of BC (MABC) and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR). For more information, please visit

Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining

AME BC has been a long time supporter of the entry-level training for the minerals industry offered by the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining, in Smithers, BC. Courses are based on industry input and taught by industry professionals in a remote bush camp. They offer applied training and specialize in providing First Nations with the training they need to find employment in the exploration camps and mines on their traditional territories.  A new direction for the SEM is delivering mobile, customized training on contract for minerals industry partners and for communities in remote locations.  For more information, please visit

The College of New Caledonia, Lakes Region

The College of New Caledonia, Lakes Region, offers ongoing training that graduates students with skills necessary to the Mining Industry.

Three programs being offered this spring that offer direct Mining content are: the Mining Industry Certificate Program (MINE), Surface Diamond Drillers’ Helper and the Mineral Processor Operators’ Program.

Trades are in big demand.  CNC, Lakes has offered and is offering this fall, Foundation programs in Carpentry, Millwright, Cook’s Training.  

All mines need good administrative staff; every year CNC offers an excellent Administrative Assistant Program.

A range of vocational training occurs on an ongoing basis, for instance: Occupational First Aid Levels 1, 3 and Transportation Endorsement, Basic Security Training and Heavy Equipment Operator and Management Skills for Supervisors.

Check out our website to see a more complete list of our training. CNC Lakes is renowned for quick responsive training that is relevant to the community in-house or on-site.  We can tailor programs to meet your training needs at

GIS and 3D modeling Courses for Mineral Exploration – McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. has been providing mining-industry specific software training and support for geologists and other mineral exploration personnel since 2001.

Courses Include:
MapInfo-Discover for Mineral Exploration Module-1
MapInfo-Discover for Mineral Exploration Module-2
GraphMap – Introduction to Graphical Analysis for Mineral Exploration

For schedules and course descriptions please click here