China Minmetals Corporation (CMC)

The manual application forms for training have been phased out. All applications should be completed using the web form. Applicants are required to use the online portal to submit applications together with a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé.




UPDATE (14 September 2021) The following candidates have been selected:


  First name       




Country Class.








  Joel Olayide




   3   Bui Minh   Chung    M   Viet Nam  
   4   Bacchiocchi   Jarabi    M   Papua New Guinea     SIDS


  Binh Thanh



  Viet Nam






  South Africa

   R3   Henry C.   Okonkwo    M   Nigeria  
   R4   Ismail Abdulle   Fidow    M   Somalia     LDC


Issue Date : 29 June 2021

China Minmetals Corporation (CMC) in accordance with its contract for exploration of polymetallic nodules signed with ISA on 12 May 2017 is offering four (4) engineering training opportunities to candidates from developing States as part of its 2021 training programme. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and related constraints, the training will be conducted completely online from September to December 2021.

A total of 48-60 classes of video courses will be prepared for trainees (about 4-5 classes per week, 45 minutes per class). The training topics include all links of the whole chain of marine mining, 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.

All training videos and course material will be accessible through a designated website for which further information will be communicated in due course. Real-time online seminars will be organized between trainer and trainees to carry out real-time interactive communication and Q & A. Trainees will also have the opportunity to interact with trainers through text messaging or email and receive evaluations and feedback on research reports.

As a part of the training assessment, the trainers of the various majors will arrange 2-3 open research topics for the trainees to choose and answer in combination with the training content and the current situation in their home country and abroad. According to their own professional background and research interests, the trainees choose two topics of different majors, and submit a research report of no less than 8000 words about one month after the completion of the training. The trainees' reports and the scores of the trainers shall be submitted to the ISA as the results of training and assessment.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in geology / geophysics / biology / environment / mining engineering / mineral processing engineering / metallurgical engineering, or have a similar educational background.
  • Language: Possess good written and spoken English language skills;
  • Must be under 45 years old; 
  • Other: Proof of some capability of performing scientific research or marine management;
  • Must be in good mental and physical health. 

Trainees will receive certificates on completion of the training programme.

Applications should be submitted by the 31 July 2021 deadline either through: 

  • the online training portal.  For users applying through the online portal, please remember to upload a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form, degree/certificate and résumé;     OR
  • via email, in one of the official languages of ISA, to using the forms below.

Applications must be accompanied by:

a)    Application Forms ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the applicant;
b)    Nomination Form ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the institution or governmental department; 
c)    Copy of degree certificate;
d)    Proof of proficiency in English;
e)    Copy of CV or Résumé; 

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was "Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building" - we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified women to apply for these training opportunities.

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