National Diploma in Mining

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In this course you will study mining methods, rock mechanics, geology and mine planning. You’ll develop the skills necessary to work with mining engineers in the exploitation of minerals from underground or open-pit mines, safely and economically. Throughout your study here you will be exposed to industry  and potential future employers, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake field trips to gain real-world experience in mining. This course will prepare you for employment with local and international mining companies. You’ll have the opportunity to study at our Zimbabwe  School of Mines, a leader in mining and geosciences education in the SADC region and beyond.

At Zimbabwe School of Mines we produce technically competent, environmental and safety conscious mining technicians who meet mining industry standards and requirements, and provide skills acquisition and development opportunities for the mining personnel. Mining Technicians are hands on practitioners at all stages of a mine project. Before a new site is developed, they assess its viability and assist with planning the mine’s structure. They are responsible for production and development at a mine. Mining Technicians identify and manage resources required to operate at full production at an optimum cost. They are an integral part of the team responsible for mine closure and rehabilitation.


This course meets the education requirements of the HEXCO National Diploma for certification as an underground or open-pit mine supervisor. You will also meet the educational requirements for the National Diploma in Mining.



  • Engineering consultant
  • Mine manager
  • Mining engineer
  • Mining company director



Students should be able to:

  • apply scientific, engineering and technological principles to the  development projects at the mine.
  • generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse mine feasibility studies while thinking critically and being creative
  • design information from multiple sources and access, evaluate and synthesize mine planning.
  • communicate  using the written word and oral presentations
  • apply information technologies and mining software tools to conduct mine feasibility studies
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • describe mining in the global environment and apply best practice standards in mining methods and technologies
  • work in accordance with professional standards and demonstrate responsibility towards the broader community; work in teams
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