Underground Mining Shaft Operations


Program Overview

If you’re already working in Northern Saskatchewan’s mining industry, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Underground Mining Shaft Operations program can provide the training you need to advance into production jobs.

The program is industry driven, meaning it is delivered at northern mine sites by mining companies.

Underground Mining Shaft Operations is a 23-week certificate program offered off campus at northern mine sites in partnership with Northlands College.

The program will prepare you to work as a deck person, cage tender, skip tender and shaft inspector at underground mining operations. You’ll receive a certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic on successful completion of the program.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll have the necessary training and skills to work in entry-level positions in hard rock underground service and development. You could work directly for a mining company or for a mining contractor.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies

Program delivery depends on industry demand.

For information regarding program dates and registration, contact Northlands College. For all other inquiries, contact the School of Continuing Education at ConEd@saskpolytech.ca or 306-659-4038.

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Length: 23 weeks


  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.


Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

Application must be made directly to Northlands College. Call Northlands toll free at 1-888-311-1185.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding program dates and registration, contact Northlands College. For all other inquiries, contact the School of Continuing Education at ConEd@saskpolytech.ca or 306-659-4038.

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

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