Course overview


The Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management has been designed for professionals who are working in the field of tailings management with little or no formal training in the area. It is best suited to practising engineers, managers, and others wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies. The course is based on recent research findings and accepted current best practice. It covers the fundamentals of tailings geomechanics, operations and water management, risk evaluation, and governance. The program is delivered as twelve online micro-credentials so that you can upskill while continuing to work. You can apply for the award after successfully completing the twelve micro-credentials and associated assessment.


MC1: Preparation, Transport and Deposition of Tailings

MC2: Basics of Tailings Geotechnics

MC3: Tailings Testing – An Introduction


MC1: Deposition strategies and day to day operations

MC2: Water balance

MC3: Dewatering technologies


MC1: Modes of failure and suitable monitoring

MC2: Case studies of failures

MC3: Controls and control effectiveness


MC1: National and international standards, corporate roles and responsibilities

MC2: Tailings Management Plans

MC3: Operations manuals, setting and implementing TARPS

Refer to the UWA Future Tails web page for further details:

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Postgraduate certificate
Current / 2023
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Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years taken part-time
Time limit
3 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
online delivery
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Not available to international students on student visas. Available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow (see For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Andy Fourie
Visit the Course page.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate comprises twelve 2-pt online micro-credentials. Refer to the UWA Future Tails web page for details:

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants can meet the English language competence requirement for this course by demonstrating the completion of at least three years full time (or equivalent) relevant documented professional experience, undertaken solely in English, considered by UWA to be sufficient.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Engineering or Master of Professional Engineering, or a degree in a related field, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(2) At least five years professional work experience in tailings engineering and management.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.


13. Applicants are not normally to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.

Additional rules
Completion of Award

14. This Graduate Certificate is only available to students who have successfully completed the twelve Tailings Management micro-credentials and associated assessment.