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Certificates of competence

Everything you need to know about certificates of competence, briefing sessions, exams, resources and how to apply.

Regulator Portal - Mining Worker's section to apply

Mining Worker's section can be accessed via the Resources Regulator portal to enable workers to apply for examinations, certificates of competence and practicing certificates online.

Help guide for navigating the Resources Regulator portal (PDF, 758.08 KB) is available here

Assistance is also available by phoning the Mining Competencies and Authorisations team on 1300 814 609 (options 2 then 3) or emailing

Guide to the Certificate of competence

This guide provides an overview to help people apply for examinations to obtain a certificate of competence.

Competencies and portfolios

Candidates preparing to undertake exams for a function should be familiar with and understand the description to ensure their answers align with them.

How to apply

How to apply to be examined to obtain a certificate of competence or attain recognition of existing qualifications.

Briefing sessions

Briefing sessions provide valuable application and preparation information for both written and oral examinations. 

Exam calendar

Certificate examination dates and information regarding application submission timeframes.

Exam preparation

Access best practice guides and resources to better understand and prepare for the examination process.

Frequently asked questions

Your questions answered about the certificate of competence scheme in NSW.