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. People wanting to apply should do so by the required dates.

A step-by-step guide to applying for a certificate of competence is available on our how to apply page.

When you are ready to apply, check the upcoming exam schedule, and complete and submit the application form (below) before the exam date.

Application form and guides

Complete applications

You must submit a complete application with all required details and documents that have been certified as a true copy. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and returned to you for completion.

Only complete applications submitted by the examination closing date will be accepted. For further assistance please refer to How to apply and practical experience below.

Changes to experience pre-requisites from 2021

From 1 April 2021, new applicants for written examinations must satisfy the new experience pre-requisites.

The Resources Regulator and Mining and Petroleum Competence Board have increased the amount of total years and extraction experience for the majority of exams, plus now requiring a period of supervision experience.

The Guide: Applying for examinations and statutory functions for 2020 PDF [PDF, 856.2 KB] sets out and explains the new 2021 requirements.

Existing candidates who are resitting an exam or new applicants who apply before 1 April 2021 will not be subject to the new requirements.

Guidance and study tools

For information on eligibility and the processes involved in assessing whether a person is competent, read our Guide: applying for examinations and statutory function certificates for 2020 PDF [726.8 KB PDF].

For a general overview on what statutory functions are and how they apply to the mining and petroleum industry, read the Statutory functions web page.

Previous exams and examiner reports from the past three years are available to help you prepare for your exam, click on the relevant Statutory functions web page. (see below).

You can also refer to learning best practice guides to help you prepare for exams.

Download and print the log book for experience or visits to mines template to record information on visits to operations and training. To be signed by your manager or manager at visited operation, or trainer from the training provider.

Sample question and marking criteria:

Underground mine supervisor oral examination and quarry manager written examination

As an aid to supporting candidates to better prepare and perform in examinations, the NSW Resources Regulator and the examination panel have provided a sample question and marking criteria for the underground mine supervisor oral examination and the quarry manager written examination certificates of competence.

Guidance on practical experience for certificates of competence applications

A sample ‘practical experience page’ for a certificate of competence application is available to assist applicants to record the necessary experience details and complete the application.

Resitting an examination

If you have previously applied and been approved to sit a certificate of competence you do not need to complete the full application form again. Instead, complete the Re-examination form [DOCX, 106.47 KB].

Getting feedback on your exam results and requesting a review

You will receive notification of your examination results as soon as possible after the examination and within 4 weeks. The results letter will contain any general feedback from examiners on the examination results.

If you would like to obtain feedback on your exam results, there are a number of options available. You should first contact us via email on or call us on 02 4063 6461. We will provide any specific feedback and comments from your assessment records.

If you are then not satisfied with your examination outcome, you can request an examination review. To do so, read the Review of exam outcome policy below first and complete and submit one of our forms within the required timeframe:

Breach of exam rules

The Breach of exam rules policy [PDF, 120.39 KB] describes the framework for dealing with allegations of a candidate breaching the rules of a certificate of competence examination.

Resources for specific statutory functions

The following statutory functions for NSW mines and petroleum sites require a certificate of competence. You can browse exam papers and examiners reports by selecting the applicable statutory function links below.

All candidates need to read the Certificate of competence: examination rules and requirements guide [PDF, 314.7 KB].

Note: Some statutory functions are transitioning from a different function under previous legislation. More information is available in our Statutory functions - guide PDF [PDF, 527.98 KB]

For further information
Resources Regulator
+61 (02) 4063 6461
Resources Regulator, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map