Accounting for Mining (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 1 hour

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Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $10

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Course Description
A mining operation requires a business to incur substantial up-front costs for exploration and development activities, and probably additional costs as part of the mine’s eventual closure and site rehabilitation. In Accounting for Mining, we describe how to account for the costs incurred at each phase of a mine’s development, with particular attention to the more complex topics of asset retirement obligations and environmental obligations. Several additional topics related to asset impairment, business combinations, and financial disclosures are also covered.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AC1128

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the different types of mineral reserves.

  • Describe the depreciation methods most applicable to mining assets.

  • Specify how to account for an asset retirement obligation.

  • Describe which costs related to environmental contamination should be charged to expense as incurred, and which should be deferred.

  • Describe the various assets that may be recognized as part of the accounting for the acquisition of a mining business.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Accounting

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

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