Exams are now scheduled in a financial year from July 2021 to June 2022 due to the disruption from COVID-19. The exam dates can be accessed below. Refer to this webpage and Mine Safety News for further updates (to subscribe to Mine Safety News, click here).
To sit an exam you must apply online through the Resources Regulator portal, when it becomes available at the end of May 2021.
For those re-applying to sit an exam prior to the end of May 2021, a resit application form will be emailed to you prior. Alternatively, please contact mca@planning.nsw.gov.au to obtain a copy of the form.

New experience pre-requisites have commenced as outlined in the Guide - Applying for a certificate of comepetence. People who applied for exams closing before 1 April 2021, or those already sitting examinations will continue to do so under 2020 pre-requisites.

Regulator Portal - Mining Worker's section now live

We have introduced a Mining Worker's section to the Resources Regulator portal to enable workers to apply for examinations, certificates of competence and practicing certificates online.

A help guide for navigating the portal is available here.

Assistance is also available by phoning the Mining Competencies and Authorisations team on (02) 4063 6461 or emailing mca@planning.nsw.gov.au

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 by 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 online session.

Exam dates

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 of competence exam calendar for 2021/2022 financial year

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, checking you temperature 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. A refund is relevant to the examination fee only.

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 submit an online application via the Resources Regulator portal.

See the Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence [PDF, 1624.03 KB] for full details on time limits for written and oral exams.

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

Replacement certificate

If you have lost or damaged your certificate of competence or practising certificate, you can apply for a replacement by completing an application via the Resources Regulator portal.

You will receive an electronic copy of the reissued certificate and you can make copies from it.

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.