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Work in the Mining Industry!

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Work in the Mining Industry!
by Katherine Slingsby - Monday, 26 February 2024, 10:45 AM
Careers in mining are varied and there are several ways to get started in the industry. Some jobs begin with on-the-job training, while others require specific education, training and work experience. Find out where you can get started, based on your skills and interests.


Mines depend on their labour forces on the ground floor. A high school education is essential to get started, but if you do not have formal education there are other ways to earn those credentials. For example, a General Educational Development (GED) test can get you a Grade 12 diploma equivalent or the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) will determine whether your skills and knowledge are directly transferable.

In some provinces, like British Columbia, the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) offers an off-site, on-site program called Underground Miner Training program. In partnership with municipalities, industry and post-secondary institutions, CTEM provides practical knowledge and experience for site-specific needs, provincial regulations and national standards.

Skilled Trades

The mining industry depends on the work of skilled tradespeople like mechanics, electricians and welders, so earning a diploma or certificate from a skilled trades or vocational college is a great way to get started in mining. There are also opportunities to get on-the-job training, both before and after earning a diploma.

If you are new to Canada, you’ll need to document your international education and describe your work experiences. Whether you are applying through a credential evaluation agency or having the employer evaluate your skills, you’ll need to get to know the process intimately to move ahead. For more information on this process, visit MiHR’s Skills and Training site for newcomers to Canada.

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