The Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA)

SME is proud to be one of the founding partners in the Global Mineral Professional Alliance (GMPA), a collaboration of leading professional organizations for minerals professionals around the world including the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas del Peru (IIMP) and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).

The GMPA member institutes take a leadership role in the pursuit and continuing development of best practice professionalism in the minerals industries. Areas of focus include science, engineering, mineral processing, environmental stewardship, community engagement and mineral economics and finance.

Benefits for SME members

The GMPA collaboration brings many benefits to SME members. GMPA enables SME and its partners to pool resources and efforts to bring excellent professional development opportunities to members, including conferences which are delivered collaboratively (many on a rotating basis between partner institutes). We are also actively exploring opportunities to develop publications and online learning resources for members as collaborative effort between the partner institutes. The global mining database is a key product that GMPA member institutes have a shared role in developing and promoting.

Learn more about and how to take full advantage of this member benefit.

Visiting members’ recognition amongst GMPA partners

GMPA partners offer members of the other institutes the ability to be recognized as a ‘visiting member’ when living and working away from their normal home base for a period of up to twelve months. For example, under this agreement, SME members working in a country of a GMPA partner will be recognized by that GMPA member organization as a visiting member. A member recognized under this arrangement will be given access to all respective GMPA member benefits for up to 12 months without having to separately join that organization as a member.

For more information about visiting memberships, please contact the SME Membership team at

GMPA’s Memorandum of Understanding and membership

The GMPA operates under a Memorandum of Understanding. The current MoU was signed in Brisbane, Australia in 2013. The MoU will be periodically updated to reflect continuing developments in GMPA activities and membership.

As GMPA develops, it is envisioned that additional international professional institutes will be welcomed into the partnership. The membership of GMPA is a matter that will be determined by the current members. GMPA members are required to:

  • Work together to identify and deliver collaborative projects that are of mutual benefit.

  • Share knowledge and resources regarding effective ways to support the professional development of institute members.

  • Be a partner of – or commit to joining – the global mining database.

Candidates for membership of GMPA: will generally be the principal organization representing mining professionals of its country (or multi-nation region); will typically comprise of members who practice, represent and promote the multiple technical disciplines inherent to mining activities; have “not-for-profit” status; and, must have an enforceable Code of Ethics. In limited circumstances it may be appropriate for two organizations from one country, or multi-national region, to join GMPA where no single organization represents the breadth of minerals and mining professionals, and where the two organizations complement (rather than compete with) one another.

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