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.


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 2019 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 form again. Instead, complete the Re-examination form [DOCX, 89.16 KB].

Request a review

If you are not satisfied with your examination results, there are a number of options available. You should first contact the mining competence team on 02 4063 6461. They will provide feedback and comments on your assessment outcome. If you are not satisfied, you can request an examination review. To do so, complete and submit one of our forms:

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, 229.21 KB]

For further information
Mining competence team
Phone:
+61 (02) 4063 6461
minesafety.competence@planning.nsw.gov.au
Postal:
Mine Safety, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Office:
516 High St, Maitland NSW 2320 Map