The maintenance of competence scheme is a requirement to keep up-to-date the knowledge and skills of individuals who hold a practising certificate to exercise specific statutory functions.

If you hold a practising certificate, you will need to undertake specified hours of recognised learning for areas of competence over the five-year validity period of your certificate.

The maintenance of competence scheme applies to all practising certificates issued by the NSW Resources Regulator.

Key steps

  1. Apply for a practising certificate.
  2. The Regulator issues your practising certificate and you start your maintenance of competence.
  3. Complete professional learning requirements according to your certificate.
  4. Record completed learning hours, topics covered and types of learning undertaken in a logbook and keep supporting evidence. Logbook templates are below.
  5. The Regulator undertakes audits on compliance with scheme requirements.
  6. Apply to renew your practising certificate with a declaration of learning every five years.

For detailed information, view the guide to the maintenance of competence scheme for practising certificates.

Or watch a short video on the NSW practising certificate system including the maintenance of competence scheme.

Learning requirements

The maintenance of competence scheme sets out the learning you have to undertake in certain areas of competence, the types of recognised learning and the number of hours of learning. Learning requirements such as the required number of hours vary between the types of practising certificates. There are also strict rules about claimable hours.

Study topics

The scheme requires you to complete learning in the following five areas of competence:

  • Mining and WHS systems
  • Legislation
  • Emergency management
  • Leadership and management
  • General WHS topics

It is your responsibility to be aware of the learning requirements required over the period of your practising certificate. You should read the guide to the maintenance of competence scheme for practising certificates [PDF, 557.37 KB].

Formal learning on disasters

The Regulator’s Learning from disasters one-day program is targeted to practising certificate holders for any class of mine to satisfy their maintenance of competence requirement (excluding holders restricted to a specific mine site).

More information

For more information view the following resources:

If you can’t find the information you are looking for or need advice about the maintenance of competence scheme contact the NSW Resources Regulator’s mining competence team via email or phone (02) 4063 6461.