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The Society contributes significantly to the education of members and non-members in the technology of coal preparation. The NSW branch conducts 3 day General courses in Newcastle, Mudgee, the Hunter Valley and Wollongong, while the Queensland branch holds similar courses in Blackwater, Mackay, Moranbah, Middlemount and Brisbane, both using the "Principles of Coal Preparation" textbook as the course text. Very popular Advanced courses in coal preparation are also conducted by both branches every year. They are one week residential courses consisting of lectures, tutorials and team projects with the Advanced Coal Preparation Monograph Series being the course text. Lecturers in both courses are senior members of the Society who are expert in their field.

General Coal Preparation.

The course is suitable for plant operators and maintenance personnel, technical and other engineering staff, plant management, equipment suppliers and personnel new to the industry requiring a broad appreciation of aspects of coal preparation.

The content is very much practically orientated with emphasis on elementary skill-based development, including worked calculations, sampling, size analysis and elementary unit operations.  The lecture syllabus includes coal geology, mining methods, sampling and analysis, physical properties of coal, coal washability, principles of separation, tutorials, classification, gravity separation process, fine coal beneficiation, dewatering and plant practice.

Lecturers of considerable experience in the above fields will be drawn from the industry at large.  Interested parties requiring further details should contact the Secretariat on (02) 49264870 or email

Registrations to be completed online.

Advanced Coal Preparation.

The Advanced Coal Preparation Course is held once a year in NSW and QLD.  The course, which has been running for over twenty years, will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of the science and practice of coal preparation. Topics will progress from coal characterisation and lease evaluation through to process design, plant management and materials handling with an emphasis on current practice. The various topics will be presented by speakers selected for their specialised knowledge and communication skills, supported by the resident course director.