To ensure NSW mining professionals in safety critical roles have the necessary current skills and knowledge the Resources Regulator is introducing practising certificates.

A practising certificate will be required by anyone who works, or wishes to work, in certain safety-critical statutory positions in the NSW mining and petroleum industries, as specified in the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulations 2014.

If you currently hold a certificate of competence or production manager permit you will need to apply for a practising certificate to exercise specific statutory functions.

Practising certificates are issued for five years and require the holder to undertake ongoing learning as part of the maintenance of competence scheme.

Practising certificates are being launched in stages, by type of practising certificate from September 2017.

Apply for a practising certificate

If you hold a certificate of competence or a production manager permit, you will be able to apply for your practising certificate at staged intervals over the launch period. Certificate of competence and permit holders will have 2 years to apply for a practising certificate.

The regulator will not contact you to invite you to apply. If you need to apply for a practising certificate, you should refer to the timeline below.

Information on how to apply will be available on our application for practising certificate webpage.

You should apply before the end of the ‘bonus’ period indicated below to be able to claim learning for maintenance of competence in the year before the issue date of your certificate. You can still apply during the ‘grace’ period without incurring additional maintenance of competence requirements but you will not be eligible for the extra ‘bonus’ year of claiming. The ‘bonus’ and ‘grace’ periods do not apply to production manager permit holders.

People practising with a certificate of competence or permit will have this right removed during this ‘grace period’ by the regulator or at a later date indicated in the table below. People exercising a statutory function requiring a practising certificate will then be required to hold one. For more information refer to the gazette notice that will be published on ending the recognition of certificates of competence as practising certificates.

People who apply after the must have practising certificate date will be required at a minimum to complete 20% more learning to satisfy the maintenance of competence condition in the first year of the certificate issue period.

Practising certificate implementation timeline

Statutory functionInvitation 'bonus' periodApplications 'grace' period Must have practising certificate
  • Mining engineering manager
  • Mechanical engineering manager
  • Electrical engineering manager
1 September 2017 to
31 August 2018
1 September 2018 to
31 August 2019
1 February 2020
  • Undermanager
  • Quarry manager
1 December 2017 to
30 November 2018 
1 December 2018 to
30 November 2019
1 February 2020
  • Ventilation auditor
  • Ventilation officer
  • Dust explosion control measures auditor
  • Open cut examiner
  • Electrical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
1 March 2018 to
28 February 2019 
1 March 2019 to
28 February 2020
1 March 2020
  • Deputy
  • Underground mine supervisor
1 June 2018 to
31 May 2019 
1 June 2019 to
31 May 2020
1 June 2020
  • Quarry manager – conditioned to a specific mine (previously called production manager permits).
1 September 2018
(no bonus or grace period)
31 August 2020 1 September 2020


For more information view the following resources:

For further information
Mining competence team
+61 (02) 4063 6461
Mine Safety, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High St, Maitland NSW 2320 Map