Rescheduled exams

The Resources Regulator has re-scheduled exams. The re-scheduled exam dates can be accessed here. Candidates who have already applied will be notified about their re-scheduled exam. Further closing dates for applications for the re-scheduled exams are available. Please subscribe to Mine Safety News for further updates on exams.

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 changed the amount of total years and extraction experience for the majority of exams. In addition, there is now a requirement for a period of supervision experience. The Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence [PDF, 589.24 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.

Statutory function holders only to sign off experience

A supervising manager can no longer sign off experience in the application for examination. Only people who practise in the relevant statutory function (mining engineering manager, electrical engineering manager, mechanical engineering manager or quarry manager) at a mine can verify applicant experience and its suitability based on their knowledge or applicant logbook of signed experience. More details are available in the Guide to examinations and application form.

Revised fee schedule

A new fee structure will be applied for exams with application closing dates after 31 January 2020. Applicants will only pay for the cost of the exams they undertake.

A non-refundable application fee of $110 for all certificate types will apply to cover processing.

Applicants must make payment when lodging the application through the link provided in the examination fee schedule factsheet on the Resources Regulator website.

Applicants then approved to sit or resit an examination will be required to make payment through links provided in their exam invitation letters.

New email address

The Resources Regulator has a new email address for all competencies and authorisations enquiries and applications:

You can contact us by telephone on 02 4063 6461.

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