Education and Training

Supporting the industry with recognised industry-specific qualifications since 1949.

IQ support you by providing advice and guidance to help define your career with educational programmes, all of which are linked across all areas of the IQ Skills Wheel.

Our globally recognised training, education and qualifications can be delivered at venues to suit you.

We have a range of courses and formats to suit the different needs of learners as well as deliver value to businesses.

Our expertise extends beyond training, and we support you by providing advice and guidance to help define your career which are linked across all areas of the IQ Skills Wheel.

Level 3 Certificate in Safety, Health and Environmental Knowledge


Duration: 12 Months

  • Our Level 3 Certificate has been developed to provide an in-depth understanding of essential elements required for an individual’s career development in the extractives and mineral processing industries.
  • It delivers a firm foundation of knowledge in key elements of Safety, Health and Environmental processes and procedures, alongside additional complimentary key areas such as leadership and communication techniques and theory.
  • Aimed for upcoming Managers and Supervisors looking to promote their development in readiness for future leadership roles.



Diploma in Surface Mining Explosives Engineering


Duration: 12 months

  • The Institute of Quarrying (IQ), in collaboration with EPC Groupe and the University of Derby, have developed a diploma programme that focuses on enhancing professionalism, safety, and competence within the explosives products and services sector.

    The programme consists of three modules:
    • Geology, Surveying and Drilling Operations
    • Explosives and Blasting Operations
    • Safety, Health, Environment and Sustainability


Level 1 Introduction to Aggregates, Crushing & Screening


Duration: 18 hours

  • Personal development course to help you get a good grounding in all aspects of Crushing and Screening.
  • Aimed at those who would like to understand the principles of the quarry processes.

£200 + VAT

Level 2 Technical Quarrying


Duration: 18 hours

  • Following on from Level 1 course, this course will provide a greater understanding of rock and aggregates along with technical knowledge surrounding guarding, maintenance and basic health & safety.

£200 + VAT

Mineral Planning for Mineral Planners


Duration: 6 Months

  • Filling the fundamental training gap with the industry for Mineral Planners.
  • Aimed at Mineral Planners and those involved in resource planning.

£450 + VAT

Understanding Site Responsibilities and Appointments (Under the Quarries Regulations 1999)

In Class

Duration: 1 Day

  • Understanding appointments and responsibilities under the Quarries Regulations, including how they impact and affect individuals and the wider site.
  • Aimed at operatives looking to develop or to take on nominated deputy 8.1d responsibilities under regulation 8.1e.

From £800

Geotechnical Awareness

In Class

Duration: 1 Day

  • Aspect of geotechnical learning will include study of slope stability, rules and regulations, understanding of geotechnical assessments and pit design. 

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CPD Select Series

CPD Select Series

The CPD Select Series has been designed for employers and learners in the form of short accredited learning modules that can be accessed on their own, in bundles or in a bespoke package. 

All the units are delivered online and can be worked through at the learners own pace.

To find out more about CPD Select and the resources it has to offer, click on the button below.

Additional resources

IQ Personal Development Wheel-1 (1)

Personal Development

The latest tool created to help mineral products professionals map their skills and knowledge against the IQ Skills Wheel.  


Soils Guidance

Guidance for managers of quarry operations, mineral planners, restoration specialists and earthmoving contractors.


IQ Connect

IQ Connect keeps all your learning materials and practical resources all in one place.


IQ Books

IQ provides a wide range of physical learning materials, which can be purchased online via the IQ Shop.

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