Available Education and Training from IQ

How IQ supports career development

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

IQ has been supporting the industry with recognised industry specific qualifications since 1949. We work tirelessly in developing our qualifications and raising standards to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry. 

Our training and qualifications are recognised in many countries around the world and we have developed flexible learning formats to meet the needs of both the individuals and operators run within our IQ Education and Training. We support you by providing advice and guidance to help define your career with our educational programmes all of which are linked across all areas of the IQ Skills Wheel

All IQ Education and Training is provided on an in-company basis and can be tailored using a combination of delivery methods including online modules, face-to-face sessions and formal assignments.


The IQ Education and Training is ideal for those individuals who:

  • Are new to the industry and looking for introductory knowledge to build on
  • Have been in the industry a long time and may even have qualifications but want to update their knowledge in specific areas
  • Want to learn about quarrying industries other than the one they are already trained or experienced in
  • Work for a quarry operator in administrative, finance or customer facing roles
  • Are suppliers to the mineral products industry and want to understand more about the processes and issues involved to help their customers

Study programmes can be developed in order to achieve IQ membership requirements or as a pathway to formal qualifications.


Our IQ Education and Training available:

[fa icon="plus-square"] Standards & Professionalism

The key regulations and standards that affect the quarrying and mineral products industries.


Environmental Awareness 

Providing the knowledge to understand common non-compliance issues and confidence in implementing site management control measures, the course provides a solid knowledge base to those who contribute to their site environmental and sustainability standards (i.e. 14001 2015).

Quarries Regulations (1999)

An interactive day that focuses on teaching you how to work with and interpret the Quarry Regulations and ACoP 1999. The course will go through important regulations and teach you how to adapt your site to meet the required standards.

Level 3 Certificate SHE Knowledge

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 mineral products and 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.

It is designed to cover the majority of knowledge in the SHE Level 4 qualification and is a natural first step for personnel aspiring to become supervisors or foremen.

Aimed for upcoming Managers and Supervisors looking to promote their development in readiness for future leadership roles.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Personal Effectiveness

Successful professionals are aware of their own personal attributes and how to develop their skills in different areas.


ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management Practice (Mineral Products Pathway) 

Ensuring good practice in people and site management provides a safer and more efficient workforce, in addition to teams who can perform to the technical and competence requirements of the business.

Our Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice provides an internationally recognised qualification with a mineral products pathway to assist learners develop skills and techniques to effectively lead, supervise and manage workplace behaviour. 

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Latest guidance and information on all sorts of operational issues as well as strategic and general management advice.

Knowledge-and-Innovation-Skills-WheelMineral Planning for Mineral Planners

Developed in conjunction with Mineral Planners and filling the fundamental training gap in the vocation, our blended training programme takes place over six months and is underpinned with high quality online learning content, supported by a one-day face-to-face workshop & site visit.

The course provides a solid knowledge base to further an individual’s understanding in the core subject area, whilst additionally developing an awareness of complementary areas, including restoration techniques and environmental awareness.

Aimed at Mineral Planners and those involved in resource and estate planning.

Introduction to Aggregates, Crushing & Screening 

Providing a good grounding in all aspects of crushing and screening. The course covers crushers, screening, feeders, washing & primary separation, in addition to an introduction to mineral products and geology.

Also aimed at those who would like to understand the principles of the quarry processes.

Geotechnical Awareness 

Bespoke course for a particular audience. Aspect of geotechnical learning will include study of slope stability, rules and regulations, understanding of geotechnical assessments and pit design. 

Managing Safety 

Our Managing Safety in Quarries course can be provided as face-to-face training or a blended training programme. The content spectrum covers Health and Safety in quarries, workplace regulations, safe systems of work, lone working, emergency planning procedures and incident investigation.

Managing Health

Provided as face-to-face training or as a blended learning programme. Our Managing Health in Quarries course covers hazardous substances, health surveillance, COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health), first aid regulations, noise in the workplace and monitoring the workplace environment.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Engagement, Influence & Impact

How quarrying and mineral products professionals work within teams and within their wider communities.


Train the Trainer & Presentation Skills

Preparing the new trainers to deliver programmes or teach a more fundamental Safety Health and Environmental programme at a lower level to operatives. Content covered includes presentations skills, understand the difference between training and presenting information, planning & preparation, and performance & evaluation.

For further information on the IQ Education or available training please complete the enquiry form on this page, call us on +(0)115 972 9995 or email education@quarrying.org.


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