Economic Geology Research Centre Professional Development Training

Professional Development Training

PD Courses for Geoscientists

Late 2022

Field Training for Exploration and Mine GeologistsSeptember
Exploration Geophysics for Geologists Sept - Oct
Exploration GeochemistryNovember

Early 2023

Ore Textures: Recognition Techniques 
Geology Essentials 
Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing World 
Management in Mineral Exploration 

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All fees are $AU and inclusive of GST.

*Confirmation Date  - if minimum numbers have been achieved, last date the course will be confirmed as proceeding.

The following courses are presented online or in the field.

Scenario & Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times, Option Development, and Structured Decision Making

An online workshop for Leaders and Managers, and their Teams who will implement the plan.

This course is relevant to all those involved with mineral exploration in the current uncertain times, including senior executives (and directors), exploration managers, and any other individuals who are keen to develop an agile, strategic mindset.

LecturersTim Craske -Thinker Events & Geowisdom
Nick Franey - NJF Consulting
Course Dates

To be offered again in early 2023

2 x half day workshops  - 4.25hrs each day

Time - daily sessions 
Course Fees - AUD incl.GST TBA
EGRU Member  
Non EGRU Member  
AIG / GSSA Member  
Professional Development Hours - 8.5 hrs for the full course
Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.
Course Description

Learning Outcomes

Crises create uncertainty - which may lead to confusion and loss of competitiveness – but they can also lead to new opportunities.

This workshop will teach you how to address uncertainty, embrace change, identify opportunities and grow stronger – all in a structured framework which facilitates regular review.

Traditional strategic planning and analyses often fail us because we cannot predict the future well. Scenario planning overcomes that problem.  But to generate plausible future scenarios, we have to be creative and use imagination. From any number of scenarios, we can develop multiple options for action, and the final step in the process is to prioritise the options and decide on a way forward (the strategic plan).

As well as learning how to develop your own strategic plan, this workshop will allow you to experience the actual process.  Participants will engage with each other in two facilitated exploration-relevant exercises: for commodity selection and new country expansion.

You will learn how:

  • To turn fragilities into assets
  • The “rules of the game” reduce uncertainties and limit options
  • To understand the weakness of traditional strategic planning tools
  • To use scenario planning to generate options for action
  • To prioritise your options
  • To decide quickly and effectively
  • To avoid bias and bad decisions

This course comprises 3 stand-alone modules that cover the main geophysical techniques used in mineral exploration.

Each module is presented over consecutive days.

LecturerJames Daniell, Kim Cook, Kate Hine
Location Via ZOOM        
Course Dates/Times 
Module 120 - 22 September 2022
Times - daily 10.30am - 3pm  (AEST)
8.30am -  1pm    (AWST)
Includes 30 min break
Module 227 - 29 September 2022
Times - daily 9.30am - 12.45pm  (AEST)
7.30am - 10.45pm (AWST)
Module 311 - 14 October 2022
Times - daily 10am - 2.30pm  (AEST)
 08am - 12.30pm  (AWST)
Fees Per Module - AUD incl. GST
Module 1 Module 2 Module 3
EGRU Member$725$485$485
Non EGRU Member$995$665$665
AIG Member$845$565$565

Register for the Course - *Confirmation Date: 09 September  2022

Participation in this  course may contribute to meeting Continued Professional  Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.

CPD Hours per module

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Course Description
Module 1: 20 - 22 September

Introduction to Exploration Geophysics

A 1.5 day course presented over 3 days

James Daniell, Fender Geophysics

Course content

  • Introduction and comparison of geophysical techniques
  • What to expect from geophysical surveys
  • Companies /  Consultants /  Contractors
  • Sources of existing data
  • Survey planning and logistics
  • Landowners and surveys
  • Health and safety  for geophysical surveys
  • Practical exercises

Module 2: 27 - 29 September

Aeromagnetics in Mineral Exploration

A 1 day course presented over 3 days

Kim Cook, Geomagik

Course content

  • Introduction to magnetics
  • Aeromagnetic interpretation procedures
  • Typical magnetic signatures:  lithologies, alteration, deposit examples
  • Magnetic modelling: 2D profile modelling, 3D magnetic inversions
  • Incorporating other data sets (gravity, radiometrics, EM, resistivity, satellite imagery)\
  • Survey planning
  • Interpretation exercises
Module 3: 11 - 14 October

Electromagnetics and Induced Polarisation in Mineral Exploration

A 1.5 course presented over 4 days. Daily sessions includes presentations and time for questions, discussion and review.

Kate Hine, Mitre Geophysics

Course Content

  • Introduction to EM – what is it? How does it work?
  • Examples of EM in exploration projects
  • Understanding EM basics: Data acquisition, Processing, Display, Types of EM surveys
  • Advanced concepts useful for ranking EM responses - Time constant, Tau, Coupling
  • Maxwell EM modelling – a simple practical to help get a fell for what 'plate' means
  • A brief overview of Induced Polarisation (IP)
  • IP and exploration interactive case study
  • Interactive case study to cement the above concepts

This course is primarily aimed at geologists who have recently been appointed as an Exploration Manager, or anyone who aspires to become an Exploration Manager within the next few years.  It will also serve as a useful introduction to the business of mineral exploration for any non-technical professionals who track the activities of mineral explorers in the market, or others who work in the industry.

The course is an abridged version of the one-week Management in Mineral Exploration course previously offered by EGRU.  It is offered as three stand-alone modules of two half days each per week, over a three week period, to allow participants to attend with minimal interruption to their work day.

Lecturer Nick Franey, NJF Consulting
Course Dates
2 x 4 hr daily sessions per module (includes a break)
Module 1
early 2023
Module 2
early 2023
Module 3
early 2023
Times - dailyTBA
Fees per Module - $AU  incl. GST
EGRU Member 
Non EGRU Member 
AIG/GSSA Member 
Register for the Course

Professional Development Hours - 7 hrs per module

Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.
Course Description

Module 1: 08-09 March

Managing for Exploration Success

  • Introduction
  • The business of exploration
  • Principals of management
  • Successful exploration and explorers

Day-to-Day Exploration Management

  • The exploration process
  • Project portfolios and key decisions
  • Exploration methods (geology, geochemistry, geophysics etc.)
  • Drilling
  • Exploration strategy

Module 2: 15-16 March

Data Management and Advanced Projects

  • The geochemical database and QAQC
  • Spatial data and GIS
  • Technical reports
  • Project due diligence
  • Mineral resource estimation
  • Feasibility studies

Managing the Non-Technical Aspects of the Business

  • HR
  • Administration
  • Corporate governance & PR
  • Health and safety
  • Environment
  • Community engagement

Module 3: 22-23 March

Mineral Economics and the Economic Evaluation of Projects

  • Introduction to finance
  • funding mineral exploration
  • economic evaluation with DCF
  • Project valuations

The Financial Analysis of Companies

  • Basic accounting & income statement, balance sheet and cashflow)
  • Financial ratios
  • Example of company analyses
Nick Franey is an exploration geologist with a broad range of experience, from grassroots to advanced project (feasibility study) and near-mine operations. He has explored for most types of gold and base metal deposits in a variety of geological terranes, in more than 20 countries, on three continents

This comprehensive 3-module course is designed for geology graduate students and mineral exploration professionals looking for continuing professional development in exploration and applied geochemistry.

Module 1 of the course would also be suitable for database professionals wishing to know more about the collection of geochemical data and the assessment of its quality, as well as for more seasoned geologists wishing to review recent advances in the collection, analysis, QA/QC and management of data.

LecturerDr Dennis Arne, Telemark Geoscience
PresentationVia ZOOM
Module Dates
Module 115 - 16 November 2022
Module 222 - 23 November 2022
Module 329 - 30 November 2022
Session times for all Modules

Each module consists of 2 daily sessions of 4 hours each (including breaks).

9:00 - 13:00 AEST (Townsville, Brisbane)

10:00 - 14:00 AEDT (Melbourne, Sydney)

07:00 - 11:00 AWST (Perth)

15:00 - 19:00 previous day PST (Vancouver)

Fee per Module - $AU, incl. GST
EGRU Member $485
Non EGRU Member $665
AIG/GSSA Member $565
Student $245
Register for the Course*Confirmation Date: 29 October 2022

Professional Development Hours - 7hrs per module

Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.
Course Description

The course involves Powerpoint lectures to introduce concepts but will be interspersed with short practical exercises to reinforce some of the strategies and methods. Examples will be drawn from publicly available data sources from Canada, Australia and Sudan, with detailed data sets from the central Victorian goldfields used for data integration exercises. The aim of the complete 3-day short course series is to equip the participants to confidently design, implement and interpret diverse data sets from geochemical exploration programs while ensuring “fit for purpose” data quality and data management.

Module 1:  
Data Acquisition, Quality Assessment and Management
  • Geochemical sampling strategies, sample preparation and analytical methods, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), and basic data management
  • An A to Z of designing, implementing and reporting geochemical data in compliance with current public reporting codes.
Module 2:  
Exploratory Data Analysis using ioGAS
  • Will introduce a structured approach to both univariant and multivariant exploratory data analysis of geochemical data in the best interpretive software available - ioGAS.
  • A key focus of the approach will be the attribution of geochemical data with a variety of metadata for process discovery.

The first part of this module, will be immediately preceded by an optional one-hour session - Introduction to ioGAS - for those unfamiliar with the software.

Module 3:  
Integration of Geochemical, Mineralogical and Geological Data
  • Builds upon the use of ioGAS to integrate geochemical, mineralogical and geological data. Participants should either have completed Module 2 of the series or have some experience in use of the software.
  • Mineralogical data included in the practical sessions includes XRD, hyperspectral and normative mineralogy. Geological data to be integrated includes information on alteration and lithology from field mapping or core logging.
Dennis Arne has nearly 40 years' experience in geology and applied geochemistry globally. He has overseen regional geochemical exploration programs in the Yukon, Nunavut and northern Quebec in Canada, the USA, eastern Australia, Suriname, Sudan and Laos.

He was Managing Director and Principal Consultant - Geochemistry of CSA Global Canada until late 2017, General Manager and Principal Consultant – Geochemistry for Revelation Geoscience (purchased by CSA Global in 2012), Principal Consulting Geochemist with ioGlobal (now Reflex Geochemistry) and formerly Senior Geochemist with Geoscience Victoria (now Geological Survey of Victoria, Australia).

Dennis is currently director and principal consulting geochemist at Telemark Geosciences. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a Fellow and President of the Association of Applied Geochemists, is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (Geochemistry) in Australia and a registered Professional Geoscientist in British Columbia.

The course will include learning how to map and recognise structures, rocks and alteration in the field  and how to integrate field data and geophysical datasets into map areas of prospective mineralisation.

This course is not available as individual modules - participants will be required to attend  the online and field components to obtain a certificate of attendance.

LecturerDr Ioan Sanislav,  James Cook University
Online  Module06, 07 & 08 September 2022
TimesTBA  -  3-4 hrs each day
Field Work Module - Mt Isa Region12-16 September 2022
TimesFull day x 5 days
Travel  Date  - to arrive in Mount Isa by

11 September 2022

**Participants must be in Mt Isa  no later then PM Sunday 11th **

Fee - $AU GST incl. 
EGRU Member$3000
Non EGRU Member$4200
Fees Include:
  • Transport Monday 12th - Friday 16th 
  • Accommodation  Sunday night 11th to Thursday night 15th 
  • Meals Sunday night 11th to Friday 16th
Fees do not Include
  • Airfares
  • Transport from Mt Isa Airport to the accommodation
Participants Must Supply
  • Full field gear - including suitable walking shoes (Steel caps not required), long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat and water bottle
  • Laptop
  • Further information on requirements will be supplied

Register Here
This course is confirmed. MAX Number of Registrations: 12 If this course is over subscribed you will automatically be waitlisted.

Course Details

This course is aimed at exploration geologists but it is equally useful for mining geologists. The course covers the basics of geological mapping with some advanced features available for more experienced geologists. The mapping is done in the world-class metallogenic province of Mount Isa and consists of mapping the geology, structure, and alteration around an undeveloped Cu-Au deposit.

The course is divided into 2 modules.

Module 1: 06 - 08 September

Three days of online teaching prior to heading to the field and putting things into practice
  • Day 1: Introduction to geological mapping – principles and techniques (4 hours)
  • Day 2: Aerial photographs/satellite imagery mapping and interpretation
  • Day 3: Geophysical mapping and interpretation

Requirements: access to QGIS, basic skills using QGIS

Module  2:  12 - 16 September

Five days of field mapping in the Mount Isa region. This will involve mapping a complexly deformed, metamorphosed, and altered area that contains developed and undeveloped Cu-Au±REE and U-REE mineralisation.  At the end of this course, you should be able to produce a geological map showing lithology, structure, and alteration which you can use to identify exploration targets and plan drilling.

Field Work Schedule

Sunday - 11 September All participants must have arrived in Mount Isa by PM Sunday and meet Ioan at the accommodation.
Field work commences early Monday morning. 
Leichardt Accommodation
3-5 Camooweal St Mount Isa
Accommodation is in individual rooms and includes all meals each day.
8am Monday 12 - 4pm Friday 16 September Field work in the Mary Kathleen / Eloise areas, Mount Isa. Each night at the  above accommodation.
Friday  16 September Depart Mount Isa on the evening flights to Brisbane or Townsville. Participants will taken directly to the airport.

The following Courses are 'face to face' teaching on campus - James Cook University Townsville, Qld.

This three-day course* covers the fundamentals of textural observation and interpretation in mineralised hydrothermal systems. The techniques used are simple, highly effective and require no specialised equipment for their implementation. The techniques are also extremely practical in that they generate numerous questions concerning the mineralisation being studied and commonly provide vectors toward mineralisation for drill testing. Critical evaluation factors considered during the course include:

LeaderDr Gavin Clarke, James Cook University
Date19 - 21 January 2022
LocationRoom TBC - James Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace-to-face (not available online)
Times9am - 5.30pm daily
Course Fee 
EGRU Member $990
Non-EGRU Member $1650
AIG Member $1400
Student $330
Register Here 
Course Description

This three-day course* covers the fundamentals of textural observation and interpretation in mineralised hydrothermal systems. The techniques used are simple, highly effective and require no specialised equipment for their implementation. The techniques are also extremely practical in that they generate numerous questions concerning the mineralisation being studied and commonly provide vectors toward mineralisation for drill testing. Critical evaluation factors considered during the course include:

  • Infill: Recognition Criteria
  • Alteration: Recognition & Evaluation
  • Channelways: Recognition Criteria
  • Overprinting and Paragenesis: Recognition & Sequencing Criteria
  • Breccia: Recognition Criteria
  • Breccia: Rudimentary Classification system
  • Tectonic Breccia Systems
  • Intrusive Breccia Systems
  • Paragenetic Core Logging

*This is a Level 4 course (Honours) suitable for early career geologists. Participants will be working alongside JCU geoscience honours students. The course includes a 2 part assessment.

Leader TBA
DateDates for 2022 TBA
LocationJames Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace-to-face (not available online)
EGRU Member  
Non EGRU Member  
AIG Member  

This two-day course* introduces the basic skills and methodology required to review and log geological core. Emphasis is placed on the recognition, description and acquisition of oriented data (bedding planes, faults, fractures, shear zones), and how this data relates to field observations. The course aims to familiarise participants with the key requirements of core logging, and how to interpret and integrate drill logs with geological models.

The course will comprise short morning lectures introducing the principles of core logging on day one and, the integration of core logs into structural sections and geological models on day two, with substantive time each day spent undertaking practical group exercises.

Day 1 - Logging at suitable scales to capture the required degree of information for a successful interpretation, and, importantly, present that data and interpretation to their peers.

Day 2 - Construct cross sections from existing core logs, orientation data and geological maps. This will require careful consideration of how to connect critical markers to best reflect the geology of the area. Results will be discussed within the group at the end of the practical sessions.

Core Logging Information

*This is a Level 4 course (Honours) suitable for early career geologists. Participants will be working alongside JCU geoscience honours students. The course also includes exercises for assessment.

This course is designed for geologists who wish to advance their core geological skills and maximise the information they gather from fundamental geological data sets. The course will help participants enhance their understanding, interpretation, and modelling of geological systems.

LeaderDr Helen McCoy-West
Date31 January -  04 February 2022
LocationRoom TBC -  James Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace to Face (Not available online)
Course Fee
EGRU Member $1650
Non EGRU Member $2750
AIG Member $2335
Students $550
Course Description

This 5-day practical course will develop skills in:

  • Identifying, classifying and interpreting rocks and minerals within a geological framework.
  • Collecting field measurements of geological structures.
  • Recognising and characterising geological structures from a geological map.
  • Understanding spatial and timing relationships through the construction and interpretation of cross-sections and stratigraphic columns.
  • Visualising 3D structural relationships using stereonets

*This is a Level 4 course (Honours) suitable for early career geologists. Participants will be working alongside JCU geoscience honours students.
Throughout the course, you will be required to complete a series of exercises.

Cancellation Policy

EGRU reserves the right to cancel a course if minimum numbers are not registered by the confirmation date for a course to go ahead or if unforeseen circumstances require the cancellation/rescheduling of the course.

Registration fees will be fully refunded should EGRU reschedule or cancel the course

If a registrant cancels their place on the course before the confirmation date for a course to go ahead, the registration fees will be fully refunded.

Fees for cancellations received  on or after the confirmation date,  will not be refunded BUT a registration place can be transferred to another person.

Cancellations will only be accepted by email to