The postponed exams calendar for 2020 is now being resumed with the dates provided on the briefing sessions and exam dates page. If you previously applied to sit for an exam, you will be notified of the next steps via email - there is no need to reapply.

New experience pre-requisites will commence from 1 April 2021 as outlined in the Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence [PDF, 589.24 KB]. People who apply before 1 April 2021 or already sitting examinations will continue to do so under the 2020 pre-requisites.

Download the Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence [PDF, 589.24 KB]

This guide is provided to help people apply for examinations to obtain  a certificate of competence and practicing certificate to practice in one or more of  the following statutory functions:

  • Mining engineering manager of underground coal mines
  • Electrical engineering manager of underground coal mines
  • Mechanical engineering manager of underground coal mines
  • Undermanager of underground coal mines
  • Deputy of underground coal mines
  • Mining engineering manager of coal mines other than underground mines
  • Open cut examiner of coal mines other than underground mines
  • Electrical engineer of coal mines other than underground mines
  • Mechanical engineer of coal mines other than underground mines
  • Mining engineering manager of underground mines other than coal mines
  • Underground mine supervisor of underground mines other than coal mines
  • Quarry manager of mines other than underground mines or coal mines

This guide includes information about eligibility for a certificate of competence and a practicing certificate, and the processes involved in assessing whether a person is competent to be granted a certificate. The Resources Regulator conducts examinations for the NSW Mining and Petroleum Competence Board. The board advises the Resources Regulator on the competencies required for certificates of competence and the conducting of assessments.

Under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014, a person can only exercise a statutory function if they are nominated by a mine operator. A person may only be eligible to be nominated for certain statutory functions if they satisfy the requirement for the nomination which may be to have  a practicing certificate of competence.

A person is eligible to hold a certificate of competence in respect of a statutory function if the regulator is satisfied that the individual is competent to exercise that function.

The application form for examinations and statutory function certificates is available here. A separate application form must be submitted for each certificate of competence that you are seeking to apply for.