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Introduction to Critical Mineral Resources of the United States

COURSE NO: P01-003
Introduction to Critical Mineral Resources of the United States
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides introductory information on mineral resources considered to be critical 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.


The global demand for mineral commodities is at an all-time high and is expected to continue to increase, and the development of new technologies and products has led to the use of a greater number of mineral commodities in increasing quantities to the point that, today, essentially all naturally occurring elements have several significant industrial uses. However, many of these critical minerals are no longer mined or processed in the United States and must be imported.  


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 the definition of a critical mineral
  • Familiarizing with the supply of critical minerals
  • Learning about critical mineral occurrences and resources
  • Understanding scarcity and rarity of critical minerals
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Introduction to Critical Mineral Resources of the United States”, which is based on the Chapter A of the document “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

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