Revised maintenance of competence requirements for practising certificates

The Resources Regulator has provided further information in the Guide: Maintenance of competence for practising certificates .

This includes:

  • What is acceptable to satisfy the criteria for formal training courses
  • Requirements specified for the different tier levels of Quarry manager practising certificates
  • further clarification on eligibility for bonus year for those who applied in the implementation period specified
  • Removed the sample recommended logbook so it is only found on the website.

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.

Dispensation for COVID19

Practising certificates holders will receive dispensation for maintenance of competence requirements because of the impacts of COVID-19.

The Resources Regulator in consultation with the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board has approved a 12-month (20 per cent of learning hours) dispensation of maintenance of competence requirements for all current practising certificate holders applying from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

This means current certificate holders will only need to meet 80 per cent of their maintenance of competence requirements on their practising certificate during the five-year certificate period. It will not apply to holders of practising certificates granted after this time.

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 [PDF, 867.42 KB].

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

Updates on progress and changes with maintenance of competence requirements are communicated through mine safety news and webinars held that are available for viewing from our practising certificate page.

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, 867.42 KB].

Formal learning on disasters

The gazetted minimum is a holder must complete the Regulator’s Learning from disasters one-day program OR minimum 7 hours of other formal learning during the five years of their certificate.

The Regulator’s Learning from disasters webpage contains reading and 3 programs that a holder could attend to make up their 7 hours of learning. Program 3 is the one day course delivered by approved training providers only that are listed with their contact details.

Regulator events recommended MOC claims

Select this link to access spreadsheet recommended claims for Regulator events.

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 us at or 02 4063 6461.