Mine Training Programs

If you would like to apply for any of the training programs offered by the Mine Training Society, please fill in this application. Once you have completed the application, print it out, sign it and fax it to our office at 867-765-0446. Or scan the form and email to us at mts@minetraining.ca

A staff person will contact you once the application is received.

Heavy Equipment Operator

Length: 9 weeks

This program includes First Aid training, and an introduction to heavy equipment
operation, preventative maintenance procedures and air brake systems. The program also
includes 100 hours of training on one piece of heavy equipment.

Skills to Drill

Length: 2 Weeks

The Government of Canada, McCaw North Drilling & Blasting Ltd. and the Mine Training Society are running a series of on-the-job trainning programs for Driller Helpers at various locations.

This program will teach students the theory and safety rules for being around drill sites and then will provide them with 140 hours of practical training at various mine sites.


Introduction to Prospecting

Length: 2 days

This two-day course will provide participants with the requisite skills to become a prospector in the Northwest Territories. The course involves classroom learning on Day 1 and field training on Day 2. The course content covers how to prospect, claim staking, assessment regulations, marketing yourself and your properties, basic geology, and the exploration cycle. In the field training portion of the course, students will take a hands-on...

Introduction to the Role of a Geoscience Field Assistant

Length: 5 Weeks

In this module students will address a variety of topics related to the role and responsibilities of a Geoscience Field Assistant and the working conditions associated with this position. These topics include the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of Geoscience Field Assistants; the roles and responsibilities of employers, Project Managers and Geoscience Field Assistants; places and types of work; and...

Mineral Processing Operator

Length: 14 weeks (includes the Safety Boot Camp)
The Mineral Processing Operator Pre-Employment Training Program has been designed to qualify candidates for entry-level positions in the area of mineral processing. This program was designed based on the Core Competencies outlined in the Mineral Processing Technician Occupational Standards (Apprentice and Occupational Certification division of Education, Culture and Employment, GNWT).

Underground Miner Training

Length: 14 weeks (includes the Safety Boot Camp)

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and basic skills to consider a career as an underground miner. Course content focuses on mining equipment operation using both underground mining equipment and simulators. As well, underground mining methods, mine services, mine safety and mine rescue theory will be taught. The total of 360 hours will be covered in (12) weeks. Course delivery will have a theoretical and...

Safety Boot Camp

Length: 2 weeks in duration (10 days)

To provide common, industry accepted standardized training for candidates entering into the mining industry in the NWT. This training shall meet both the Mine Health and Safety Regulations of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and meet acceptable standards and best practices.

A secondary purpose of this training is to meet the legislation laid out in other jurisdictions. Examples of these Jurisdictions include Federal (Canada Labour...

Introduction to the Mining Industry

Length: 6 Weeks / 180 hours

The six-week (180 hour) Introduction to the Mining Industry Program will introduce participants to the mining industry in Canada and the NWT. This will include providing an understanding of careers in underground and surfacing mining and mineral processing based on the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) National Occupational Standards. In this program, students will be introduced to the industrial workplace; mining operations in...

Surface Miner Program

Length: 14 weeks (includes the Safety Boot Camp; Introduction to the Mining Industry is a prerequisite)

The fourteen-week Surface Miner Program will provide participants with entry-level knowledge, skills and attitudes outlined in the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) National Occupational Standards for Surface Miners. In this practical, hands-on program, students will be introduced to surface mining operations and mine equipment operation in northern, cold-weather environments, using both mining equipment and simulators. The...