Mineral Processing Certificate of Competency

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The following is a course structure of Mineral Processing Certificate of Competency offered by Zimbabwe School of Mines (ZSM) it is aimed at developing Plant Personnel for Metallurgical operations. The course will run in two parts Block 1 and Block 2. While most of the learning for the course will take place through distance learning, the students will come to Zimbabwe School of Mines for a three week face to face tuition and examination session at the end of each block at the school mines.

Aim of the Course

The aim of the course is to develop a Mine Manager with the knowledge, skills and attitudes of Mining and allied industries.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Show understanding of ore handling processes in processing plants
  • Apply process plant parameters critical in various crushing grinding and size classification techniques
  • Discuss screening and classification concepts in general
  • Handle basic concentration calculations as well as evaluate efficiency of metallurgical operations.
  • Show understanding of the basic mineral dewatering theory and practice.
  • Discuss the basics of hydrometallurgy theory and practice.
  • Identify process plant parameters critical in various elution, electrowinning and smelting techniques.
  • Design the construction of slimes dams
  • Compute metallurgical accounting calculations
  • Understand the importance of the fundamental principles of health, safety and welfare in the workplace

Course Duration

Course duration is one year (1820 notional hours) of theory. This will be comprised of blended learning that includes face-to-face tuition in the form of block release tailored learning and distance learning.

Admission Requirements

Three years of relevant plant supervisory experience.




  • Plant Operator
  • Plant Superintendent
  • Plant Manager


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