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Statement of Ethics

Ethics Compliance Statement for QP Members
“I have not had a certification, license, professional society membership, or similar
qualification sanctioned, impaired, limited, suspended, or terminated for ethical or
disciplinary reasons nor have I resigned from or given up such designation in settlement of
proposed or disciplinary proceedings.”

MMSA Ethical Guidelines
 



Information and
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
for Prospective Members



Historical Background:
The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA) is a professional organization of individuals. It was organized in 1908 by 114 prominent mining men, in the United States, with the goal of bringing the professional standing of this prestigious group to bear on specific issues facing the mineral industry.

In the nearly 100 years since then, MMSA has played an important role in a series of actions benefiting the industry. These have included instituting annual financial reports for corporations to protect investors, the appointment of state mine inspectors, establishment and development of the Bureau of Mines and many other issues of interest to all professionals concerned with the good health of the mining industry.

MMSA has always been a small, but cohesive group composed of senior people from the mineral industry. That character will continue to be preserved. The Society exists for the purpose of achieving results through actions of the membership.

Our intent is not to seek new members through persuading them that MMSA will do great things for them. It is not the intent that anyone should benefit directly; other than by the satisfaction obtained from knowing that they are doing something worthwhile for the mineral industry and their profession.

Members are selected from recommendations by existing members. Individuals may also apply directly and must be endorsed by at least two current members. Candidates must demonstrate the highest level of leadership, technical competence, ethical standards and desire to promote the interests of the Society.

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What are your membership options?
MMSA has two classes of membership, Regular Member and QP Member. It is important to stress that these two classes hold identical status within the organization. The QP classification is offered solely as a service to our industry, not to create hierarchies. The primary role of MMSA has always been, and will continue to be, “the conscience of the mining industry” due to its unique status as an organization of individuals with no agenda other than what those members believe is in the best interests of their industry.

You are invited to consider membership in either class, dependent upon your interests and needs. Qualification requirements for membership are essentially identical for regular and QP classes. A QP member is expected to incur a somewhat higher overhead cost in terms of oversight and governance and therefore annual dues and application fees are higher..
 

If you are applying as a new Member, you can apply for both Regular and QP Membership at the same time. Fill in both forms to apply for both levels of membership. You can use the same endorsers on both forms. You must be accepted as a Regular Member before the application as a QP Member is reviewed.  See What Happens To An Application for details about the process.

Regular Member Application - QP Member Application

The completed application form(s) should be printed out and signed. It may then be re-digitized and emailed to contactmmsa@mmsa.net,  (preferably in pdf format) or mailed to MMSA headquarters.

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What are the minimum qualifications?
An applicant for Regular membership should have at least 10 years of practical or professional experience, which should include five years in positions of responsibility in mining, metallurgical or allied lines of work. The holding of a degree from an accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of four of the ten years of required experience, at the discretion of the Membership Committee.

An applicant for Qualified Professional membership must be become a Regular member in MMSA first.  The QP applicant must have at least 10 additional years of practical or professional experience after graduating with an engineering or geoscience degree from an accredited college or university.  The experience should include at least 5 years in positions of responsibility in mining, metallurgical or geosciences. The time spent earning the undergraduate college or university degree will NOT count in lieu of the required experience. Time spent earning advanced degrees may be allowed for credit toward experience, at the discretion of the QP Committee.

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Why Have a Qualified Professional (QP) Membership Category?  
Responsibilities for all representatives of public companies that oversee and/or communicate the state of the corporation have resulted from the Sarbanes-Oxley Legislation. Public disclosures must be signed off by an executive or expert and understood to be true by the senior corporate executives. In technical reporting, a qualified/competent expert takes on additional responsibility for public statements that may influence investment decisions. A mining company needs access to experts with qualifications to sign off on a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines. These include all scientific and technical matters relating to assessment, design and implementation of a mineral exploration, development program or mining operation, including the procedures and practices implemented, using appropriate industry standards.

MMSA is an internationally recognized U.S. based technical society or organization that offers the full range of technical specialties needed to develop a mining project. The QP Member category certifies U.S. mining specialists to ply their trade in countries such as Canada, Australia South Africa and the United Kingdom. Ironically, professional endorsements are still not required by the SEC, where such responsibility still lies solely with the CEO. However, it is reasonable to assume that a worldwide requirement for greater accountability by developers of mining projects and their technical experts will become more widespread, over time, rather than less.

MMSA already has members who possess all the skills and specialties necessary to build any mining project. Because of this, the Society supplies a service to both its members and to the mining industry at large by offering certification of its members as Qualified Professionals “QP’s”.

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What is a Qualified Professional (QP)?
A QP is “An individual who is an engineer or geoscientist with the requisite experience in mineral exploration, mine development, operations or project assessment, including experience relevant to the subject matter of the project or report, and is a member in good standing of a recognized professional organization.”

QP is a class of membership offered by MMSA. The QP will certify or approve portions of reports that may be relevant to public releases of information (press releases, Canadian NI43-101 technical reports, etc.) that may influence the investing behavior of the public or a company's shareholders.


What disciplines are covered for QP Membership?
A QP member is qualified in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Geology: requires a degree in geology or geological engineering and works in one  or more of the following areas: as an exploration, mine, or consulting geologist on the search for and delineation of mineral deposits; as a mine geologist in the extraction of a deposit; and/or the review and auditing of these activities.
  • Mining: requires a degree in mining engineering or other acceptable engineering discipline and works in one or more of the following areas: the extraction designs for mineral deposits; on the geostatistical modeling of mineral deposits; as a mine engineer working on the extraction of a deposit; and/or the review and auditing of these activities.
  • Ore Reserves: requires designation as a geologist or mining engineer and regular work related to the evaluation and classification of deposits as mineral resources and mineral reserves, and/or on the geostatistical modeling of mineral deposits, and/or the review and auditing of these activities.
  • Metallurgy/Processing: requires a degree in metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering, or similar degree along with experience in the processing of mineral deposits into saleable products.
  • Environmental Permitting and Compliance: requires a degree in environmental science, geology, biology, chemistry, mining engineering, or other suitable science or engineering degree and work on the permitting of proposed mining operations, compliance with applicable permits and regulations at an active mine, reclamation of mining sites, and the review and auditing of environmental compliance by proposed and active mining sites and reclamation of abandoned sites.
     

QP Application Form

The completed application form should be printed out and signed. It may then be re-digitized and emailed to contactmmsa@mmsa.net,  (preferably in pdf format) or mailed to MMSA headquarters.

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Why is MMSA able to offer this QP class of membership?
MMSA has been recognized by all Provinces in Canada, by AusIMM in Australia and by South Africa, as a ROPO (Recognized Overseas Professional Organization). Recognition by these entities requires that QP members meet certain minimum educational and experience levels, that they declare their own specific areas of expertise. The QP pledges to follow the Code of Ethics maintained and enforced by the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA).

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Organizations that Recognize the MMSA QP
Canada
South Africa
Australia
Australian Stock Exchange. See Appendix 5A
Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (The JORC Code)


How to Apply for Membership: 
If you have been notified by an MMSA Member that you are being considered for membership, or if you think you qualify for membership, you may submit an application.
 

Regular Member Application Form

The completed application form should be printed out and signed. It may then be re-digitized and emailed to contactmmsa@mmsa.net,  (preferably in pdf format) or mailed to MMSA headquarters.

 See the Membership Roster for a list of current members who can endorse your application.

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As an existing member, how can I become a QP Member?
MMSA Members who are members in good standing may apply for recognition as a QP Member. Fill in the QP Member Application form and attach a current resume or CV including all preferred methods of contact. The resume should include detail about experience in the categories applied for so the QP committee can evaluate your qualifications. Existing members applying for QP status must name three current members who can attest to your technical capabilities and ethical standing. The sponsoring members will fill in the QP Endorsement form. The QP Membership Committee will review your application, notify the membership of your intent and respond to you in a timely fashion. 
 

QP Application Form

The completed application form should be printed out and signed. It may then be re-digitized and emailed to contactmmsa@mmsa.net,  (preferably in pdf format) or mailed to MMSA headquarters.

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What Happens to an Application? 
The application process can take several months because under our bylaws we are required to publish the names of all prospective candidates in our quarterly or monthly newsletter. The process of applying for membership consists of several steps which are a little different depending on which class of membership is applied for. The applications are processed as follows:

Application for Regular Membership

  • An applicant may be anybody who believes they meet at least the minimum qualifications for admission. Such applicant should either be invited to apply by an existing member, or should apply independently by completing the Application Form found on the Website. In either case the completed application must include the names of three sponsors who will be willing to endorse the applicant for admission. At least two of those sponsors must be current members in good standing and a third can be a current or past supervisor or peer who can personally attest to the candidate's qualifications and background.

  • The completed application form should be printed out and signed. It may then be re-digitized and emailed to contactmmsa@mmsa.net,  (preferably in pdf format) or mailed to MMSA headquarters.

  • The MMSA administrator will contact each sponsor and request corroborating information in support of the application in question.

  • Administrator will then forward the application packages to each committee member with a request to respond within 30 days with a recommendation or request for additional information.

  • Applicant’s name and those of his sponsors will be posted to the membership at large, either by means of the Quarterly Newsletter or the more frequent monthly Member Update. Members have a 30 day period in which to lodge an objection against an applicant.

  • After the given grace periods and in the absence of any objections, the applicant will be invited to join the Society and such action will be confirmed once application fees and dues have been received.

Application for QP Membership

  • Any applicant for QP Membership must first be accepted as a regular member and go through the steps outlined above for a regular member application.

  • A member in good standing who wishes to apply for QP recognition, will be required to submit the following:

  •   o Three endorsers who know your capabilities. One of the endorsers may be a current or past supervisor or peer who can personally attest to the candidate's qualifications and background
      o A full up-to-date resume.
      o Selection of an area(s) of expertise for recognition. (see list of options)
      o Signed Ethics Compliance certificate.
      o Copies of diplomas and certificates used in support of application.



  • The Administrator will forward the entire application package to the QP Membership Committee.

  • QP committee members will review materials supplied, approve, disapprove or request additional information, as appropriate, and report back to the Administrator.

  • The Administrator will report the findings of the QP Committee to the Executive Committee, which will rule accordingly.

  • Applicant’s name will be posted to the membership at large, either by means of the Quarterly Newsletter or the more frequent monthly Member Update. Members have a 30 day period in which to lodge an objection against an applicant.

  • The Administrator will notify the applicant and a successful application will be ratified once application fees and dues have been received.
The entire application process usually takes between one and three months.

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Membership Fees: 
Fee structure in force for 2013 is as follows:
 

Membership Type One Time Application Fee Annual Dues
Regular Member
$75
$125
QP Member
$100
$200
Senior (Retired)
$75
$50
Conversion, Regular-QP
$25
$200

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

When you are accepted as a QP member, you are expected to stay current with your professional development. As a QP you should strive to have 40-60 contact hours of CPD within any three year period. Reporting CPD accumulation is voluntary, and it is your responsibility to keep track of your CPD hours. 

The CPD hours can include:

  • Attendance at workshops, on-line or in-person courses, field trips, and other events with a technical focus.
  • Attendance at technical meetings and conferences
  • Preparation and presentation of technical papers, including articles published in mining media.
  • Participation in professional associations as an officer or committee member.
  • Any  employer- or work-required training such as safety classes, regulatory requirements classes, etc.

When CPD is reported, a copy will be added to your file. Reporting consists of a document or spreadsheet containing the following information:

  • QP's Name and contact information, QP category(ies) of qualification, and the 3 year period being reported.
  • The dates of the CPD hours.
  • The number of CPD hours.
  • The title of the CPD event or activity.
  • A brief description of the technical aspects of the CPD event or activity.

Those QPs who are members of other professional organizations that have a CPD reporting system may wish to keep their CPD log in the form used by that organization as long as the information requested by MMSA is also included. MMSA will accept these alternative CPD logs.

If there is a request for information about a QP, MMSA will provide the CPD as part of the response. If you do not have a current statement on file, you will be asked to provide one.

 

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promoting and improving understanding and appreciation
of the role of the U.S. Mining Industry
 

Focus:
mining, minerals and their uses, related environmental issues and government policies.


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