International Online Forum «Advanced Engineering Competencies - the Future of Mining Industry»

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12:00 - 16:00 19 November 2020
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Reducing investment risk, improving industry safety, and protecting the environment are key issues for mineral resource industry; pressure to respond to them is growing from stakeholders globally. 

Raw materials’ engineers with relevant competence will be instrumental in responding to these changes. A new, common competence framework for raw materials engineers that builds on existing national systems and focusses on developing higher competences relevant to these challenges could help the profession drive positive change.

  • But what are these higher competences?
  • Are they common to raw materials’ engineers globally?
  • How would they relate to national professional frameworks?
  • What criteria for assessing human resources capacity can contribute to strengthening the position of companies in the stock markets?

We kindly invite you to share and discuss your views about how such a competence-framework for raw materials’ engineers could shape the future of mineral resources sector.


International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO
International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining IOM3
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining IOM3
IOM3 is the world's leading organization for the promotion and development of all aspects of mining, materials science and engineering, geology, mining and related technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and metallurgy. The Institute is a professional community that provides and promotes the professional development of its members. The IOM3 community currently consists of over

17 000


1 500
educational institutions

> 180
accredited engineers in Russia

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining IOM3 holds licences to register suitably qualified and competent practitioners with

  • the Engineering Council as Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians
  • with the Science Council as Chartered Scientists, Registered Scientists and Registered Science Technicians
  • with the Society for the Environment as Chartered Environmentalists

A branch of the UNESCO Center - International centre for assessment of qualifications in the mineral raw materials sector – is established at the IOM3, the main task of which is Creation of a unified system of international professional recognition for mining-engineering specialists employed in mineral resources enterprises, in addition to the managers of these enterprises. The scope of this system will consider graduate to professional and specialist-level practitioners and will be cognisant of and applicable to countries with established professional recognition systems and those without a current system in place.

The developed system of higher level competencies does not cancel the existing ones, and will be offered for use both in countries with national professional certification systems and in those countries where they are unavailable.

Main topic of the Forum

Prerequisites for the creation of an international unified system for competence evaluation  

Sustainable development of the world economy and civilization as a whole is impossible without sustainable development of the mineral - resources complex.

During the whole period of training people are tested for their knowledge, as well as application of their knowledge and data to theoretical rather than practical tasks. The only practical test of their competence is the one done by an employer who, except for safety-related issues, may apply different standards and framework requirements. This means that an accreditation system that is acceptable to one employer may not be acceptable to another.

This practice involves a high degree of risk for potential investors or business partners who have no guarantee of what they can invest in and, given that the organization's biggest asset is its employees, the investment prospects are not transparent. National or international standards of competence and a unified assessment methodology may limit and minimize this operational and investment risk. 

The level of qualification of engineering personnel in the mineral –resources sector is an important indicator that determines the efficiency of companies' activities, the audit of the HR potential of public raw material companies should be open to stock market participants, for that reason it becomes necessary to implement a system of market-oriented audit for human capacity. 

The mining industry is at the intersection of business and nature, so it is necessary to train mining engineers and develop their competencies so that they can use the latest knowledge and information in their work and apply the best practices in order to reduce risks associated with efficient raw material extraction, achieve economic benefits and ensure safe operations and to a greater extent in respect to the plan or agreement on corporate social responsibility required by investors and private equity fund managers.

Lack of qualified managers and specialists at the enterprises of the mineral-resources complex is not only a constraint on the development of national economies, but also one of the main causes of fatalities and large-scale pollution due to industrial accidents. The processes of globalization, rapid pace of technology development place ever-increasing requirements to the quality of labor resources, to their continuous qualification growth.

Currently, there is no international standard of competence by which mining engineers are evaluated and accredited. National competence systems are fundamentally different from each other, as are the methods used to evaluate candidates.

Under these conditions, it is necessary to bring together specialists and high leveled practitioners at to identify advanced engineering competencies in the mineral-resources sector and develop a unified international standard of competence for Professional Engineers of the mineral resources sector.


Vyacheslav O. ZYRIN

Head of the Department

Tel.: +7 (812) 382-04-24

+7 (812) 328-82-48



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