Exams dates from July 2021 to June 2022   can be accessed here. Refer to the Mine Safety ENewsletter as a subscriber for further updates on exams.

To apply to sit an exam, you must apply online through the Resources Regulator portal, when it becomes available by mid-June 2021.

For those re-applying 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.

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

To apply to be examined to obtain a certificate of competence and a practising certificate to practise in one or more statutory function, you will need to

  • complete an online application form
  • provide evidence of your identity, age, qualifications and experience.

If you are able to satisfy these criteria, you may then be eligible to undertake the written and oral exams applicable to the certificate you are applying to obtain.

The examinations are designed to test each candidate's ability to perform the relevant statutory function in practise. This includes demonstrating:

  • knowledge of safe mining practises across a range of mining situations
  • the ability to apply that knowledge to practical situations
  • consideration of related capabilities, such as communication and other non-technical skills.

All certificate of competence candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge and skills at the level expected for a person performing that statutory function.

You can read the Guide – Applying for a certificate of competence to better understand the above-mentioned evidence, knowledge and capabilities required to apply for a certificate of competence. This includes changes to the practical mining experience requirements, applicable to new applications closing after 1 April 2021 (does not apply to existing approved candidates).

Four steps to gaining your statutory function certificates

Step 1: Be informed and prepare

Download   the Guide to applying for a certificate of competence to read what is required for the statutory position you want to exercise. You must have the required evidence of holding the prerequisites prior to applying.

Subscribe to the Mine Safety eNewsletter to keep informed before and during your exams.

Read the Learning best practice guide - candidates PDF (PDF, 248.15 KB) and attend a briefing session. Briefing sessions are optional but are highly recommended. They generally run between one and three months prior to the closing date for examination applications.

Check upcoming examination and briefing session dates and submit a complete application before the closing date. You should allow time for us to assess your application and notify if any part of your application is incomplete. Late or incomplete applications after the closing date will not be accepted.

Please register your interest to attend a briefing session at least one month prior to the briefing date so we can confirm we have sufficient numbers and an appropriate venue. Please register via our online facility.

Step 2: Pay for and complete your application

An application fee is payable via a link within the application or via the examination fee schedule factsheet on the Resources Regulator website. Details of payment must be recorded in your application. A further examination fee is applicable to sit the exam if your application is approved. The link to the examination fee is sent to you in your invitation to the exam.

You apply online via the Resources Regulator portal when it becomes available at the end of May 2021.  Watch out for the article in the Mine Safety ENewsletter by being a subscriber to announce the date when the Portal application is available.

If any of the following situations apply to you as a previously approved candidate within the last 3 years then you must re-apply:

  • sat a written or oral exam and found not yet competent, or
  • been approved to sit an examination for a certificate of competence within the last 3 years, or
  • deferred your first oral examination attempt within the last 3 years

In the transition period until the end of May 2021, individuals reapplying are to contact us via email at mca@planning.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 4063 6461 to obtain and return completed the Re-examination form. Alternatively submit a current re-application form we may have previously emailed to you.

Make sure you have certified copies of all evidence documents (for example, attach qualifications, emergency preparedness, units of competence and identification).


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 but will be returned to you for completion. You must resubmit a complete application before the closing date (we will not separate corrected parts of your application or missing documents).

For further assistance refer to the Applications and Exam Resources page, which includes a sample completed practical experience page.


Step 3: Prepare for your exam

If your application for examination is successful, you will be invited via correspondence from the Resources Regulator to complete written and oral exams as applicable to the statutory function certificate you wish to hold.

You will need to be able to satisfactorily answer questions in both the written (where applicable) and oral exams demonstrating your competence to perform the relevant statutory function.

Refer to the Resources Regulators guidance notes on Statutory function position descriptions and competencies relevant to the certificate exam you wish to undertake.

Read past examination papers to familiarise yourself with the types of questions asked.

Read the examiners reports to find out how well questions were answered by past participants and what examiners were expecting in the answers.

Ask a friend or colleague to test you on the questions to help prepare for the oral examination.

Step 4: Sit for your examination

Complete both the written (where applicable) and oral exams on the dates and times advised.

Candidates must first sit for and pass all components of the written exam before progressing to the oral exam.

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for your exam. Check the details of where your examination is to be held, as venues differ from time to time. Examinations can be stressful, so arriving early will give you a bit of time to revise and mentally prepare yourself.

Make sure your contact details are up-to-date when sitting each exam to ensure you are notified of the results as soon as possible. To change your contact details, email mca@planning.nsw.gov.au.

Replacing certificates

You can apply through the Resources Regulator portal to be issued with an electronic copy of your certificate reissued. You can then make paper copies of your certificate.

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