Professional Development

This course provides a foundational understanding of the fundamentals of underground coal mining.

As a result of attending this course participants will gain a clear understanding of both the technical and operational aspects of an underground operation. The course pays particular attention to strategic planning processes and provides attendees with a clear insight into the business drivers for underground mines.

Our experienced presenters have been delivering this course for more that 15 years with regular updates to keep up with industry advancements. 

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at professionals, para-professionals and line management who interact with underground operations at a business, technical or operational level. The course is also designed to meet the needs of graduates and technical staff who may be considering a career in the underground sector.

Learning outcomes:

At the completion of this course participants will:

  • Understand the financial and technical drivers that impact an underground asset;
  • Understand how strategic planning processes add value to underground operation;
  • Be able to critically assess the choice of mining method for a given deposit; and
  • Appreciate the technical challenges (geotechnical, ventilation & gas) faced by underground operations, and actions typically taken to mitigate technical risks.


Smartminer – An Introduction to Mining

This online mining course is the perfect starting point for anyone who wishes to learn more about the mining industry.

Mining for Non Miners

This course provides those from a non-mining background with a comprehensive understanding of the mining industry.

Mining Economics

This course provides a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of mining economics; focusing on cost efficiencies at each step in the process.

XERAS Financial Modelling

This course provides an overview of XERAS, RungePincockMinarco’s financial modelling and budgeting tool.


RPM’s XPAC training courses promote efficient and effective planning for those responsible, or involved in the mine scheduling process. There are a number of training course modules available for participants…


This course takes participants through the short-term scheduling process, from creating a new model through to generating reports using XACT.


Introduces users to HAULSIM and helps users analyse and model their haulage system simply, making it an integral part of their mine planning process.


This course provides a complete simulation of all facets of dragline operations and its use in both medium and long-term planning.


This course provides users with an overview of TALPAC, RPM’s Truck and Loader productivity analysis software.

Underground Coal TALPAC

This course provides an introduction to Underground Coal TALPAC, the planning and productivity modelling tool used to evaluate longwall face operations.

Truck and Shovel Mining Systems

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the planning and operational methods associated with truck and loader management in open cut mines.

Dragline Mining Systems

This course provides a comprehensive overview of planning and operational methods associated with dragline mining systems.

Integrated Open Pit Coal Mine Planning

This course illustrates the basic concepts that underpin efficient and effective mine planning for open cut coal mines.

The Business of Underground Coal Mining

This course provides a foundational understanding of the fundamentals of underground coal mining.

Longwall Mine Design

This course provides mining professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence the design of a longwall mine.