Applications are now open for four online engineering training opportunities for candidates from developing States Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by China Minmetals Corporation (CMC), in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

ISA is calling for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in geology, geophysics, biology, environment, mining engineering, mineral processing engineering, metallurgical engineering or similar. A good command of English is also required.

The training will be conducted online from September to December 2021 and will cover topics such as basic oceanography, international marine policy and law, polymetallic nodule resources characteristics, exploration technology, mining technology, beneficiation and metallurgy technology, economic evaluation, marine environment and ecology, deep-sea equipment and operation practice, etc.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 31 July 2021.


All contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA.

The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. Its purpose is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep-seabed mining.

Please visit this page to know more about the Contractor Training Programme.


For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,