Mining Helmets

Professional Development Committee

Description for RMCMI Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Chair shall appoint a minimum of two additional members to serve on the committee. One of the committee members will serve as Vice-chair and may move into the chairmanship the following year if the Chair steps down from that position. A Board Liaison will also sit on the committee.

The Chair shall oversee the Short Course(s) presented at the annual convention. This is on Friday and Saturday prior to the Sunday convention opening. This may be an area to assess as to the merit of a one day versus two day class. A questionnaire may be warranted to get feedback by the professional engineers in our membership.

At the fall meeting of the Committee Chairs and Board, the Chair shall present topic(s) for the Short Course(s) and possible instructors. In February the chair furnishes the office with copy to be used in the Preliminary Convention Program which is included in the convention brochure sent each member in March. Such copy must include each instructor's name, title, company name, mailing address, phone and fax numbers.

The office follows up with letters of confirmation to each speaker requesting AV requirements and a glossy head shot for publication. RMCMI offers each speaker two night's stay at the convention property as well as any meals during Short Course and complimentary registration and convention meals if the speaker plans to stay. They will also be offered a spending allowance, to be determined by the Executive Director. This is to be offered as a Thank You and will help cover expenses for dinners, travel, and expenses not offered by the Institute.

The Chair provides the office with copy in February for a brochure announcing the Short Course. The office prepares a mailing to all mine managers in the eight member states and to all professional engineers in the RMCMI database.

With the help of RMCMI staff, the chair oversees attendance sheets for all Short Course attendees to help determine PDH (Professional Development Hours) credits during convention, and presents certificates to attendees indicating earned hours. This presentation may take place at one of the convention luncheons or may be mailed after convention has ended.

The committee will also look into other potential opportunities to reach the membership with current information that will increase their knowledge within the industry. Teleseminars, and webinars should be strongly considered as a possible way to increase our effort to support educational endeavors. Various subjects could be presented in 30 minute to 1 hour webinars throughout the year for a small fee. This offers the possibility of addressing issues that may be relevant to all of the members at one time or another. A budget should be looked at for this endeavor, if agreed to, and presented to the Board for approval.

The report of the Professional Development Committee shall be furnished to the Executive Director no later than May 1 in a written document that will be acknowledged at the Annual Meeting and reprinted in the Post Convention Newsletter in the minutes of the Annual Meeting.