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SME Membership Qualifications  


A person eligible for election or transfer into the class of Professional Member shall be either: (i) employed in an area relevant to minerals exploration, extraction, production, processing, economics or metallurgy, including employment as an educator, engineer, scientist (including chemistry or any related earth science), or (including but not limited to chief executive officer, financial, legal, or human resources personnel); or (ii) hold a baccalaureate degree, masters degree, or doctorate degree in engineering, mineral economics, or any related earth, chemical or environmental sciences; or (iii) employed or educated in mineral exploration, extraction, production, processing, economics or metallurgy; or (iv) actively involved, directly or indirectly, with mineral exploration, extraction, production, processing, economics or metallurgy, whether through engineering, scientific, related earth science, management, executive, financial, legal, or human resources experience; or (v) engaged in marketing or technical sales of equipment and supplies used in mineral activities.

If at any time your record of experience and/or education is questioned for qualification of member grade, you may be requested to provide an endorsement for membership by an SME member in good standing.




A person eligible for election to the class of Student Member must be a full-time student in good standing and must be nominated by an SME member or Student Member. The Student Member grade may be retained until December 31 in the year of graduation. Reinstatement is NOT applicable to students. A Professional Member who subsequently returns to school for an additional degree cannot become a Student Member.




A Registered Member is a scientist, engineer or technologist who is involved in various ways with the discovery, extraction and utilization of minerals, metals and energy sources. The membership includes geologists and other geoscientists, mining engineers and metallurgists, environmentalist, other engineers and other scientists and technologists. A person eligible for election or transfer into the class of Registered Member shall have and provide proof of the following:

  • A completed SME Registered Member application
  • A completed Personal Statement
  • A university degree* from a US accredited university or recognized international university or related institution
  • A minimum of five (5) years professional experience**, of which at least three (3) of those years must have been in a position of responsibility, defined as one in which the individual was depended on for significant participation and decision making
  • Every Registered Member shall observe and be bound by the SME Code of Ethics*** as published by SME. Any alleged breach of this code or any alleged unprofessional conduct by a Registered Member which may be brought before the Ethics Committee shall be investigated and, if proved, shall be dealt with in accordance with the outlined procedures
  • Must satisfy one of the four following conditions
    • Be licensed or certified in a state of the United States that is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG)
    • Certified by the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) as a Certified Professional Geologists
    • Certified or licensed in a state of the United States as a Professional Engineer
    • If none of these three certified options cannot be met then three endorsements from three (3) CURRENT SME Registered Members, those endorsing must complete the SME Registered Member Verification Form as found at the end of the application. It is up to the applying individual to contact these endorsers and make sure their materials are correctly submitted to the membership department.

*University degree must be in fields related to the discovery, extraction and utilization of minerals, metals and energy sources. Applicants must submit a copy of their signed University Degree or a copy of transcripts that confirms graduation in one of these related fields. **Professional experience must be in the mineral and extractive industries, or in government, educational, research, professional or commercial organizations.



This list is not exhaustive and may be amended subject to approval by the SME Board of Directors.

  1. The responsibility of members for the welfare, health and safety of the community shall at all times come before their responsibility to the profession, to sectional or private interests, or to other members.
  2. Members shall act so as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity and dignity of the profession.
  3. Members shall perform work only in their areas of competence.
  4. Members shall build their professional reputation on merit and shall not compete unfairly.
  5. Members shall apply their skill and knowledge in the interests of their employer or client for whom they shall act, in professional matters, as faithful agents or trustees.
  6. Members shall give evidence, express opinions or make statements in an objective and truthful manner and on the basis of adequate knowledge.
  7. Members shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and shall actively assist and encourage those under their direction to advance their knowledge and experience.
  8. Members shall comply with all laws and government regulations relating to the mineral industries, and with the rules, regulations and practices as established and promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the official listing requirements for mining and other companies.

A full interpretation of the Code of Ethics along with Admission, Resignation and Disciplinary Procedures can be obtained from SME or at Registered Member Code Of Ethics (PDF).


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