Mineral Exploration Management


This 3 module course is primarily aimed at geologists who have recently been appointed as an Exploration Manager, or anyone who aspires to become an Exploration Manager within the next few years.

The course will also serve as a useful introduction to the business of mineral exploration for any non-technical professionals who work in the industry or track the activities of mineral explorers in the market.

The course is an abridged version of the one-week Management in Mineral Exploration course previously offered by EGRU.  It has been delivered online since 2021 and the structure and content have been updated for 2024.

Delivery   Online

Structure   3 modules presented over 3 consecutive weeks.

Each module consists of 2 half-day sessions presented over 2 consecutive days.
The sessions are 4.5 hours (inclusive of breaks) and include interactive exercises to enhance the learning experience.
A wrap-up session for discussion, questions and a short quiz will conclude each day.

While the modules are stand-alone attending all three will provide an overview and understanding of the exploration business and management responsibilities.


Course Leader  Nick FraneyNJF Consulting


Module 1         Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 April 2024

Module 2         Tuesday 16 – Wednesday 17 April 2024

Module 3         Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 April 2024

Daily Session Times
12:00 – 16:30 AEST (Townsville, Sydney, Hobart)
10:00 – 14:30 AWST (Perth)

Professional Development  7.5 hours per module

Participation in this course may contribute to the Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.

Registration Fees

Fees per module
AUD inclusive of GST

EGRU Member              $530.00
Non Member                 $730.00
AIG Member                  $620.00

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Confirmation Date  27 March 2024

Registration for this course is now open.

Module 1

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Managing Mineral Exploration

  • Introduction
  • The Business of Exploration
  • Topical Issues
  • Principles of Management

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Business Development

  • Exploration Strategy
  • Creating New Opportunities
  • Identifying New Opportunities
  • Due Diligence Studies
  • Exploration Deals
  • The Art of Negotiation


Module 2

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Day-to-Day Exploration Management

  • The Exploration Process
  • Project Portfolios & Key Decisions
  • Exploration Methods (geology, geochemistry, geophysics, remote sensing, etc)
  • Drilling
  • The Future of Mineral Exploration?

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Data Management & Advanced Projects

  • The Geochemical Database & QAQC
  • Spatial Data & GIS
  • Technical Reports
  • Mineral Resource Estimation
  • Feasibility Studies


Module 3

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Non-Technical Aspects of the Business

  • HR
  • Administration
  • Corporate Governance & PR
  • Health & Safety
  • Environment
  • Community Engagement

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Exploration Success

  • McKinsey Study
  • Success Criteria
  • Case Histories & Lessons Learned

Course Leader: Nick Franey

Nick is a geologist with a broad range of exploration management experience, at grassroots and advanced project level, having searched for most types of gold and base metal deposit in a variety of geological terranes.  He was the VP Exploration (Africa) and then VP Exploration (Asia-Pacific) for Anglo American, and a member of Anglo’s Management Committee, responsible for global exploration.

Recent executive appointments have included roles with Anvil Mining, Oceanagold, Discovery Metals, Azumah Resources, Renaissance Minerals, and Auris Minerals, which provided him with a taste of the mid-tier to junior sector of the industry.

Nick has worked in more than 15 countries, on three continents, and has visited as many again on various geological missions.

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