The Tailings Center

The Fundamentals Short Course Certificate Program

Multiple Virtual Sessions Offered

Tailings Certificate Training

New industry standards of care and regulatory requirements for tailings facilities drive the need for an increase in the number of, and training available for, engineers and scientists to meet the requirements of improved safe design, construction operation, and closure of tailings facilities. To meet this growing need, three major universities in the US have combined forces to form the Tailings Center. These universities are the Colorado School of Mines (Mines), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Arizona (Arizona).

The Tailings Center launched its Tailings Management training program in March of 2021 including six short courses of two weeks duration that provide registrants with an understanding of the Fundamentals of Tailings Management. All courses are offered online, and all content is available both synchronously and asynchronously. Registrants will have access to the course content for 4 weeks after completion of each course. Courses may be taken individually, or all six courses can be taken in sequence earning a Tailings Center certificate of completion. Each completed course carries 15 contact hours. The target audience for these courses are those who seek additional basic knowledge on tailings engineering and management.

The Fundamentals series of 2023 begins in January with the first three courses TC1, TC2, and TC3) in the spring.  The second three courses (TC4, TC5, and TC6) will be offered in May/June/July (dates to be scheduled).  Additional courses, offering more advanced and focused content are in development for 2023. Please send us your ideas or requests for future courses – email us at

Our Vision is to be the world leader in:

• Providing professional development for mining industry stakeholders in the safe and best-available practices for the design and operation of tailings management systems.
• Industry-driven applied scientific and engineering research to ever improve the design and operational performance of tailings management systems.

To receive further information and updates, email or call +1 303.273.3700.

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