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Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST)

Join WEST and learn the skills to become employed in the minerals and natural resources industries.

This 40-day training program will build your skill-set through hands-on training delivered in a work-based environment.

Program includes:

  • Mining Exploration Field Skills
  • Natural Resources Field Skills
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Job Maintenance and Workplace Effectiveness
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • Bear Awareness Training
  • S-100 Fire Suppression
  • H2S Alive
  • Chainsaw Safety

Career Opportunities

The WEST program is a golden opportunity for participants to obtain field skills and training in order to enhance employability in the minerals and natural resources industry.  

Contract Training

The WEST program is available upon demand.  

Learn more about Contract Training at NWCC.  For more information or to request a quote contact the NWCC School of Exploration & Mining.


Good health and physical fitness are mandatory.  Students will take field trips that include hikes of up to 10 kilometres over steep terrain.