Short Courses, Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops

Professional development short courses, conferences, symposia, and workshops administered by Continuing and Professional Education Services (CPES) provide opportunities for working professionals to upgrade their technical job skills and remain abreast of recent developments in their respective fields of interest.

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Catalog of Events

Events in the catalog have been grouped. Click/tap an event group below to show events in that group.

Short Courses

Short courses provide concentrated instruction in specialized areas and are typically taught by one individual or a small cadre of highly trained and experienced professionals. Instructors are Colorado School of Mines faculty members, independent consultants, and other professionals, thus bringing to the program the best of academic and practical knowledge and skills.

The available short courses have been grouped by general topics below. Click/tap a topic to show events in that topic.

Latest News for ICE 2021

The current plans and dates for ICE 2021, scheduled to be held June 20 to 23, 2022 are still in place.  The abstract submission and registration sites are scheduled to go on line in early to mid January.  Please check back and also expect an email blast with information for when they go live.


  • December 13 - 16, 2021

This short course will give practitioners the knowledge and tools to provide competent utility investigations in accordance with accepted national standards (ASCE 38) and to defend against claims through this knowledge and its documentation.  Click/tap for more information.

An Integrated Valuation and Risk Modelling approach to Dynamic DCF and Real Options

  • April 20 to 22, 2022

This course will show participants how to create a spreadsheet-based dynamic cash flow model and interpret the value and risk information it generates. It teaches participants how to overlay a description of project market uncertainty with a decision-tree to assess the value of project flexibility and the level of investor risk exposure. A case study based on the Blackwater Project in B.C. Canada demonstrates the shortcomings of static cash flow analysis and how a dynamic model can correct these shortcomings..... Click/tap for more information.

Communities and Social Performance in the Extractive Sector

  • Postponed

This event is a three-day intensive workshop that will provide a comprehensive picture of where mining and oil and gas sit in terms of engagement with the external world, particularly with local communities. Click/tap for more information.

Petroleum Engineering SuperSchool

  • July 12 - 17, 2021

This event is an intensive, immersive, program designed to provide the technical fundamentals needed for effective teamwork across the breadth of activities in the upstream petroleum industry.  Click/tap for more information.

Natural Gas Processing

  • July 26 - 30, 2021

This event provides an overview of the natural gas industry, from wellhead to marketplace, with emphasis on the gas plant operations. The overall process flow diagram is used to illustrate.... Click/tap for more information.

The Tailings Center Fundamentals Short Course Certificate Program

  • August23 - December 17, 2021

This event is six short courses that provide registrants with an understanding of the Fundamentals of Tailings Management. All courses will be offered online, and all content will be available both synchronously and asynchronously.... Click/tap for more information.

Practical Python for Earth Scientists

  • Fall 2021, TBA

This event is a hands-on course intended to introduce basic concepts and give working examples of python code that can be used in daily geoscience workflows. No prior knowledge of python or other programming languages is necessary to attend this course.The course is being offered in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG).. Click/tap for more information.

Recycling Metals from Industrial Waste

  • June 21 - 23, 2022

This event is, now in its 28th year, focuses on current plant practices to convert metal-containing wastes to products. Processors, raw materials, and markets are identified and quantified. Speakers with decades of hands-on experience... Click/tap for more information.

New Directions in Mineral Processing Fundamentals

  • July 12-15, 2022

This event will provide an introduction suitable for those just entering the world of mineral processing, as well as a look to the future as driven by contemporary innovation. It will provide engineers, scientists, technical sales teams, government agencies personnel, and ...Click/tap for more information.

Petroleum Data Analytics

  • Postponed

Petroleum Data Analytics: Big Data, Automation, Advanced Analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things meets Oil and Gas is a short course that focuses on the impact of digitization that has profoundly affected the energy industry including oil and gas (digital oilfield) supply chains and utilities (smart grids).... Click/tap for more information.

Machine Learning in Practice

  • Postponed

This event is a short course that focuses on applications of machine learning in a variety of fields. Machine learning has flipped the business world upside down with its superior ability and applicability to various areas. Click/tap for more information.

Project Management for Mining

  • March 23-25, 2022

This event is a 3-day practical course focused on the successful delivery of minerals industry projects. Primary emphasis is placed on major greenfield mine development, but the information presented is fully applicable to brownfield project undertakings.... Click/tap for more information.

Sampling Theory, Sampling Practices and Their Economic Impact

  • October 11-15, 2021

The course offers simple ways to quantify money losses for a given sampling precision, and it provides a good strategy to prevent catastrophic sampling inaccuracy for which there is no statistical cure. Unless sampling precision and accuracy are clearly connected to economic issues,...  Click/tap for more information.

Grouting and Ground Improvement

  • May 16-19, 2022

This event is a 3½ day course that covers engineering, equipment, materials, and methods for grouting and ground modification used in civil and geotechnical engineering, underground construction, tunneling, and mining projects of various types.The course consists of classroom presentations by internationally-recognized experts and hands-on laboratory demonstrations and testing of grouts and grouting methods as well as off-campus field demos.  Click/tap for more information.

Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovations

  • October 17-20, 2022

This event is an annual short course for industry professionals that provides a comprehensive overview of tunnel planning, design and construction across all applications and all geologies. Through presentations by the tunneling industry's top-practicing experts combined with one-of-a-kind hands-on labs... Click/tap for more information.

Space Resources Roundtable and Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium

  • June 7-11, 2021

11th Joint Meeting of the Space Resources Roundtable and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium will bring together world experts from space agencies, research organizations, academia, the mining supply chain, the general extractive industry, equipment manufacturers, private enterprise, financial and... Click/tap for more information.

Filtered, Paste and Thickened Tailings

  • TBD

Paterson & Cooke is committed to sharing our specialist knowledge and skills by hosting courses that aim to equip participants with a broad understanding of the practical and theoretical issues of our key areas of expertise.... Click/tap for more information.

Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods

  • Various Dates

This event covers the economic analysis of income and service producing investments using discounted cash flow analysis criteria and procedures. It also covers the economic analysis techniques used to optimize the development and operation of mining... Click/tap for more information.

Dates for ICE2021 finalized

Dates for ICE2021 in 2022 have been finalized, and 2 free webinars preceding ICE 2021 are available • Final dates for the 3rd International Conference on Electrolysis 2021 (ICE 2021) Conference that has been postponed until 2022 have been set. The Conference will be held June 20 through 23, 2022. Just as originally planned, the Conference will be held at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Also, we want to announce the availability of two webinars on June 18, 2021 and June 25, 2021. The June 18 webinar will focus on the economics of electrolysis and PEM electrolysis. The June 25 webinar will explore alkaline electrolysis and solid oxide electrolysis. Registration -- which is free! -- is available now at

ICE 2021 postponed until 2022

ICE 2021 postponed until 2022 • The 3rd International Conference on Electrolysis 2021 (ICE 2021) Conference originally scheduled June 27-July 1, 2021 has been rescheduled for June 19 - 23, 2022. We are planning to have a brief, live virtual event during the planned time frame (June 27-July 1, 2021) consisting of a few Plenary talks and perhaps a panel that will be open to the public. Please check the website frequently for new dates and any other updates. More information is available in a PDF that is available for download.
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A pre-event survey

A pre-event survey! • For planning purposes, we'd like to know your preferences for the format of the Conference and what type of presentation (if any) you would prefer to make. To participate in the survey, please point your internet browser to:

The survey will require less than a minute of your time, so please give it a go. Your information will help us tremendously! Please complete the survey no later than January 25, 2021.

Abstract information!

Abstract information! • Full information about abstract preparation and submittal is now available on the Conference website. Just click/tap the link below to get everything you need.

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The abstract submission period is open now and will close on April 15, 2021.

Hold the date!

Hold the date! • ICE 2021 is scheduled for June 27th-July 1st, 2021 at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA. Registration is anticipated to open November 2021 with updated program, venue, and lodging information, at the ICE 2021 website. The advances in the area of electrolysis and the international growing interest in the topic, basically prevent anything beyond having this meeting on its regularly scheduled time. While it is anticipated this will be an in-person only event, depending on the state of travel at the time of the event semi-virtual formats may also be considered later. The event is co-organized between the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines and will take place on the Colorado School of Mines campus with an optional tour available for NREL.

Conferences and Symposia

Earth and Space 2022

  • April 25-28, 2022

This 18th Biennial event will explore the cutting edge in engineering, science, construction and operations for extreme environments on Earth and in Space. Click/tap for more information.

GPR 2022 19th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar

  • June 12 – 17, 2022

19th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2022), will be held in Golden, Colorado, USA from June 12 to June 17, 2022. Held biennially since 1986, The International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar is the premier event for GPR research and applications.... Click/tap for more information.

ICE 2021 3rd International Conference on Electrolysis 2021

  • June 20 – 23, 2022
This conference displays research in all aspects of electrolysis for energy conversion and storage is growing rapidly. Demonstration and commercial installation of electrolysers coupled with renewable energy sources have grown from sub-MW installations a few years ago to tens of MW today.... Click/tap for more information.

Completed Events

A listing of past events is under construction!