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Critical Mineral Resources of the United States - Lithium

COURSE NO: P01-005
Critical Mineral Resources of the United States - Lithium
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides information on the global distribution, availability, mining, production and the industrial use of the mineral resource, Lithium, which is considered a critical mineral resource in the United States.


In the past several decades many changes have taken place in the resource sector within the United States. These changes have been exacerbated by the increased use of certain elements critical to manufacturing and high technology. The mineral elements were listed as critical and (or) strategic in one or more of the recent studies based on assessed likelihood of supply interruption and the possible cost of such a disruption to the assessor.


Lithium is considered to be a critical resource and currently less than 50% of the used amount of lithium is mined in the United States. Lithium, the lightest of all metals, is used in air treatment, batteries, ceramics, glass, metallurgy, pharmaceuticals, and polymers. Worldwide resources of lithium are estimated to be more than 39 million metric tons, which is enough to meet projected demand to the year 2100.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to industrial, mining, chemical, and geological engineers that are involved with mining, processing, and industrial use of critical minerals and their chemical constituents.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with geochemistry and mineralogy of Lithium
  • Familiarizing with deposit types like Lithium-Cesium-Tantalum Pegmatite Deposits, Lithium-Enriched Granites, Lithium Brine Deposits in Closed Basins, Lithium in Other Brines, Lithium-Clay Deposits and Lithium-Zeolite Deposits
  • Gaining a general overview on the production of Lithium and the reserves and the undiscovered resources
  • Learning about the uses and sources of Lithium
  • Understanding the exploration of new deposits including Lithium-Cesium-Tantalum Pegmatite Deposits, Lithium-Brine Deposits in Closed Basins and Lithium in Sedimentary Rocks (Clays and Zeolites)
  • Exploring the environmental considerations including sources and fate in the Environment, mine waste characteristics, human health concerns, ecological health concerns and mine closure
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, " Critical Mineral Resources of the United States - Lithium”, which is based on the Chapter K “Critical Mineral Resources of the United States—Economic and Environmental Geology and Prospects for Future Supply”, dated 2017.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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