The exams calendar for 2021-2022 financial year is now available through the briefing sessions and exam dates page.
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

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 using our online portal before the exam date.

Application, guide and fact sheets

Complete applications

Strict closing dates apply. You must submit a complete application with all required details and documents that have been certified as a true copy as detailed in the above Certificate of Competence Guide. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If time permits prior to the relevant closing date, a response will be returned to you noting the reason/s your application is not accepted.

For further assistance please refer to How to apply and guidance on practical experience section 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 a certificate of competence sets out and explains the new 2021 requirements.

Candidates who are resitting an exam 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 a certificate of competence.

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 function as listed below.

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

Logbook of experience and visits to mines

Download and print the log book for experience or visits to mines template to record:

  • Experience obtained at different mines that you are to submit details of in your online application to sit the examinations. Your supervisor/manager should provide their contact details, and subsequently the person practising in the relevant statutory function at the mine at the time verifies the details and that they are suitable to satisfy the experience pre-requisites.  You should send a copy of the relevant section from the logbook to each statutory function holder to ensure they are agreeable to have their details submitted in your application. They can be contacted by the Mining competencies team to confirm their verification.
  • information on visits to mines to expand your knowledge of different mining operations. To be signed by your contact person at the mine, RTO or relevant person practising in the statutory function. This record should be taken to the oral exam so that you may discuss it with the examination panel (if required).

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 an exam for a certificate of competence you do not need to complete the full application again. Instead complete a re-sit form online from late May 2021 on the Resources Regulator portal. Candidates for re-attempt exams closing before 10 June 2021 will be contacted to submit a paper application.

NOTE: A three-year validity period applies in most cases for being eligible to resit. You should contact us via email on mca@planning.nsw.gov.au or call us on 02 4063 6461 if you are unsure of your eligibility.

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 four weeks. The results will contain any general feedback from examiners on the examination results.

You should work through the written exam question paper published on our website for each function (see below), comparing marks received against available marks to find areas of improvement, then self research to improve for your next exam. Examiners cannot generally provide more feedback on written examination results and may not be available.

For oral examination results where a candidate is not yet competent, the examiners assessment can be read out over the phone to you. If you then want further clarification then you can request an examiner contact you but this must be done within a month of receiving your results notification. Examiners may or may not available to meet your request.

If you would like to obtain feedback on your exam results, you should first contact us via email on mca@planning.nsw.gov.au or call us on 02 4063 6461. At no stage is contact to be made directly by a candidate to an examiner.

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 determine whether you want to proceed. If so,complete and submit one of our forms within the required timeframe on the Resources Regulator portal:

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, 365.92 KB].

For further information
Resources Regulator
Phone:
+61 (02) 4063 6461
mca@planning.nsw.gov.au
Postal:
Resources Regulator, Department of Regional NSW, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Office:
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map