The postponed exams calendar for 2020 is now being resumed with the dates provided below (see exam dates). 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.

Briefing sessions

Briefing sessions are conducted by examination panel members for each certificate of competence to inform applicants of how to apply and prepare themselves for the written and oral examinations. They are optional but are highly recommended as applicants have the opportunity to find out information from the examiners on the exams.

They are generally held between one and three months before the closing date for an examination to allow time for candidates to prepare their application for submission. Refer to the exam and briefing sessions dates calendar below.

You must register your interest in attending a session at least one month prior to the briefing date so we can confirm we have sufficient numbers and venue. Please register through accessing our online facility.

Note 1: briefing sessions are free.

Note 2: briefing sessions will be held via video link until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. You must still register to obtain the relevant information and link to attend the video session.

Exam dates

Note: The postponed exams calendar for 2020 is now being resumed with the dates below. If you previously applied, you will be notified of the next steps via email.

Check the exam dates below and submit a completed application at least a week before the closing date for the exam. There is further information below (following the exam dates table) on how we are managing the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the exams.

Certificate Post oral closing date Post oral date Written and oral closing date Written date Oral date

UNDERGROUND COAL MINES

Mining engineering manager

17 Aug 20

30 Sep 20

17 Aug 20

21-22 Oct 20

17-18 Feb 21

Undermanager

12 Oct 20

9-10 Dec 20

4 Dec 20

3-4 Feb 21

28-29 Apr 21

Deputy

3 Aug 20

25-26 Aug 20

5 Mar 21

5 May 21

28-29 Jul 21

Electrical engineering manager

N/A

N/A

17 Aug 20

15 Sep 20

11-12 Nov 20

Mechanical engineering manager

N/A

N/A

17 Aug 20

24 Sep 20

28 Oct 20

COAL MINES OTHER THAN UNDERGROUND

Mining engineering manager

N/A

N/A

12 Feb 21

21 Apr 21

13-15 Jul 21

Open cut examiner

N/A

N/A

12 Feb 21

21 Apr 21

13-15 Jul 21

Electrical engineer

N/A

N/A

17 Aug 20

15 Sep 20

11-12 Nov 20

Mechanical engineer

N/A

N/A

17 Aug 20

24 Sep 20

28 Oct 20

UNDERGROUND MINES OTHER THAN COAL MINES

Mining engineering manager

N/A

N/A

18 Dec 20

24 Feb 21

19 May 21

Underground mine supervisor

N/A

N/A

21 Sep 20

N/A

18-19 Nov 20

MINES OTHER THAN UNDERGROUND MINES OR COAL MINES

Quarry manager

N/A

N/A

17 Aug 20

7 Oct 20

24-25 Nov 20

LICENSED ACTIVITIES AT COAL MINES

Cable Repair Signatory

N/A

N/A

21 Sep 20

N/A

3 Nov 20

COVID-19 safe exams

Certificate examinations are to be held 'as close as possible' to the usual format but will include control measures to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

These controls will include: additional cleaning of rooms/desks, use of hygiene products such as hand sanitiser, additional space between exam desks etc. These controls, along with others, are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of all participants.  This will be communicated in detail to those individuals involved prior to and on the day of their examinations.

Candidates who have signs of symptoms of the virus are directed not to attend their examinations and to notify the mining competencies and authorisations unit. If a candidate attends an exam and observed to show signs of symptoms, they will be directed to leave the examinations area.

Fees paid

Approved candidates who have paid their examination fee but are unable to attend their rescheduled exam, may apply for a refund (less an administration fee of $50).

Note: the application fee, paid at the time an applicant submits their application for an exam, remains non-refundable.

Resitting a written or oral examination

If you do not pass a written exam, or your first or second attempt at an oral exam and you wish to resit the respective exam, you will need to complete and submit the form: Applying to resit examinations and statutory function [DOCX, 106.47 KB]. (See the Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence [PDF, 589.24 KB] for full details on time limits for written and oral exams).

It often takes a few attempts to get through the examination process successfully and be deemed competent.

Replacement certificate

If you lose or damage your certificate of competence, you will need to complete and submit an Application form for a replacement certificate of competence PDF (62.1 KB PDF).

Learning best practice guides

We partnered with the NSW Minerals Council and other NSW Government agencies and training organisations to improve training outcomes for people seeking to qualify for key roles in the mining industry.

The project sought to address the low success rate of candidates in the examinations for these key roles, including mining engineering manager, quarry manager, mine electrical engineer, mine mechanical engineer, deputy, under manager and open cut manager.

A series of best practice guides have been produced to assist candidates, employers and registered training organisations with the examination process.

Note: These guides relate to certificates of competence under the former Coal Mine Health and Safety Act 2002 and Mine Health and Safety Act 2004. Legislative references are not current and titles of certificates may have changed.