Government of New Brunswick

Introductory Course


The Department of Energy and Resource Development (ERD) – Minerals and Petroleum Resources will periodically hold introductory level prospecting courses in FREDERICTON, NB. The course takes place over two weekend sessions. (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday). Registration is on a first come – first serve basis. A registration fee of $50.00 will be required. Maximum class size is sixteen participants, and the minimum is ten.

WHERE: 1350 Regent Street, Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex Ranger School – Room 230, Fredericton, NB
WHEN: Spring 2019
 Friday night: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Course Modules

  • Basic prospecting and the mining cycle
  • Field gear and safety procedures
  • Orienteering: topographic maps, air photos, compass and GPS
  • Elements, minerals and mineral families
  • Rock types, geological maps and lexicon
  • Glacial deposits & landforms
  • Mineral deposits & landforms
  • Selecting an area to prospect
  • Map staking (NB e-CLAIMS)
  • Sampling media, methods and protocols
  • Analytical labs, methods and protocols
  • Promotion and prospecting grants

Course participants are responsible for providing their own meals and overnight accommodations. Coffee breaks will be provided. Residence rooms at the Forestry Complex are available at the following rates: Daily: Single occupancy = $35.00 per night + 15% HST / Double occupancy = $25.00 per person/night + 15% HST. PLEASE NOTE: For all Torunski Hall residence requests, please contact Jason Thibodeau at the Maritime College of Forest Technology at or by phone at 458-0643.

You should bring a pocket knife, hiking boots and weather-appropriate clothing as the instructors will try to incorporate a small field trip (weather permitting) at some time during the course.



Course Instructor: Steven McCutcheon

For more information, please call or email:

Maurice Mazerolle – (506) 432-2236

Nicole Hatheway – (506) 547-2070

Rhonda Doiron – (506) 453-8825