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To apply to sit for an exam, you must apply online via the Resources Regulator Portal, when it becomes available in mid-June 2021.

For those reapplying to sit an exam prior to mid-June 2021, a resit application form will be emailed to you prior for return to mca@planning.nsw.gov.au. You can also obtain a copy of the form by emailing this address.

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 sets out and explains the new 2021 requirements. Existing candidates who are resitting an exam or new applicants who apply for exams closing before 1 April 2021 will not be subject to the new requirements.

Download the Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence [PDF, 1624.03 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 for examinations and statutory function certificates is available on the Resources Regulator Portal which can be accessed through the How to apply page. A separate application form must be submitted for each certificate of competence that you are seeking to apply for.