Distance Learning Programs

Distance Learning Programs

NSSGA has partnered with the Institute of Quarrying to offer two distance learning programs for aggregates industry professionals.

The Graduate/Management Conversion Program is a one-year program geared toward managers who have a related college degree and want to gain a more specific understanding of the aggregates industry and the quarrying process. It’s also ideal for individuals in other disciplines, suppliers or manufacturers requiring increased industry knowledge. Click here to learn more about the Graduate/Management Conversion Program.

The Junior Management Program is a three-year course of study aimed at meeting the current and future professional development needs of existing employees in junior management positions. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the aggregates industry and the quarrying process. Click here to learn more about the Junior Management Program.


Participants must have access to a computer, internet connection and video conferencing/Skype. Students will need to dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per week of study in order to maximize the courses’ benefits.

While the majority of the courses occurs online, there are several occasions when course participants will meet in person.

  • Oct. 10-13, 2016: Participants in both programs will gather in Chicago, Ill. for the course kickoff. Instructors will give a course overview and conduct sessions to prepare participants for the upcoming workload. 
  • March 3-8, 2017: Gather in Las Vegas, Nev., for the NSSGA Annual Convention and CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Participants will undergo U.S.-specific safety & health and environmental training, as well as tutoring sessions for challenging parts of the curriculum. Participants will also be able to take advantage of the networking and educational opportunities available at the NSSGA Annual Convention.
    • Training schedule at the NSSGA Annual Convention (participants are invited to take part in all of the Convention activities, besides the distance learning training sessions. Click here for the full schedule):
      • Monday, March 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Open tutorial time, Ravel Room. IQ instructors will be available for any questions you have about the material you have covered so far (optional).
      • Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Safety & health/environmental training, Beethoven Room 1-2 (required). 
Program Schedule Overview
Date Event
Sept. 15, 2016 Enrollment deadline
Oct. 10-13, 2016 Program Kickoff, Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 10, 2016 Online learning commences.
March 3-8, 2017 NSSGA Annual Convention & CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Las Vegas, Nev.
June 2017 Final assignments due. Completion of Graduate/Management Conversion Program; Completion of Year 1 of Junior Management Program.