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Exam calendar

Certificate examination dates and information regarding exam application submission timeframes.

View the exam dates below and submit a completed application at least a week before the closing date for the exam. All exams held after the 1st January 2023 will include Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2022.

Certificate of competence exam calendar for remainder of 2022

Underground coal mines

2022 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Mining engineering manager

18 Aug 21

14 Jan 22

10-11 Mar 22

18 Apr 22

5-6 May 22

6 Oct 22

3 Nov 22

Undermanager

16 Mar 22

15 Feb 22

6-7 Apr 22

6 Jun 22

15-16 Jun 22

16 Nov 22

14 Dec 22

Deputy

2 Feb 22

17 Mar 22

18 May 22

27 Jun 22

27-28 Jul 22

2 Nov 22

30 Nov + 1 Dec 22

Electrical engineering manager

20 Jun 22

31 Aug 22

28 Sep 22

26 Oct 22

23-24 Nov 22

26 Apr 23

17 May 23

Mechanical engineering manager

29 Apr 22

22 Jun 22

3 Aug 22

7 Sep 22

5-6 Oct 22

20 Feb 23

22 Mar 23

Coal mines other than underground

2022 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral date

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Mining engineering manager

9 Mar 22

24 Mar 22

9 June 22

1 Jul 22

12 Aug 22

4 Jan 23

15 Feb 23

Open cut examiner

9 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

8 June 22

8 Jul 22

11 Aug 22

11 Jan 23

15 Feb 23

Electrical Engineer

20 Jun 22

31 Aug 22

28 Sep 22

26 Oct 22

23-24 Nov 22

26 Apr 23

17 May 23

Mechanical Engineer

29 Apr 22

22 Jun 22

3 Aug 22

7 Sep 22

5-6 Oct 22

20 Feb 23

22 Mar 23

Underground mines other than coal mines

2022 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral date

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Mining engineering manager

20 Oct 21

16 Dec 21

23 Feb 22

4 Apr 22

5 May 22

21 Sep 22

19 Oct 22

Underground mine supervisor

24 Mar 22

NA

NA

11 Apr 22

23-27 May 22

20 Oct 22

14-18 Nov 22

Mines other than underground mines or coal mines

2022 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral date

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Quarry manager

9 Jun 22

14 Jul 22

8 Sep 22

4 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

3 Apr 23

1 May 23

Licensed activities at coal mines

2022 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Cable Repair Signatory

7 Jun 22

NA

NA

20 Jul 22

17 Aug 22

NA

NA

Certificate of competence exam calendar for 2023

Underground coal mines

2023 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Mining engineering manager

8 Dec 22

19 Jan 23

2 Mar 23

30 Mar 23

27 Apr 23

6 Sep 23

18 Oct 23

Undermanager

11 Jan 23

15 Feb 23

29 Mar 23

10 May 23

7 Jun 23

25 Oct 23

6 Dec 23

Deputy

22 Feb 23

12 Apr 23

24 May 23

21 Jun 23

19 Jul 23

11 Oct 23

22 Nov 23

Electrical engineering manager

**Refer to 2022 Calendar for other oral dates

21 Jun 23

2 Aug 23

13 Sep 23

1 Nov 23

29 Nov 23

18 Apr 24

30 May 24

Mechanical engineering manager

**Refer to 2022 Calendar for oither oral dates

5 May 23

28 Jun 23

9 Aug 23

12 Sep 23

10 Oct 23

31 Jan 24

13 Mar 24

Coal mines other than underground

2023 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral date

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Mining engineering manager

16 Mar 23

4 May 23

15 Jun 23

13 Jul 23

16 Aug 23

28 Dec 23

8 Feb 24

Open cut examiner

16 Mar 23

3 May 23

14 Jun 23

13 Jul 23

16 Aug 23

28 Dec 23

8 Feb 24

Electrical Engineer

**Refer to 2022 Calendar for other oral dates

21 Jun 23

2 Aug 23

13 Sep 23

1 Nov 23

29 Nov 23

18 Apr 24

30 May 24

Mechanical Engineer

**Refer to 2022 Calendar for other oral dates

5 May 23

28 Jun 23

9 Aug 23

12 Sep 23

10 Oct 23

31 Jan 24

13 Mar 24

Underground mines other than coal mines

2023 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral date

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Mining engineering manager

7 Dec 22

27 Dec 22

7 Feb 23

7 Mar 23

4 Apr 23

9 Aug 23

20 Sep 23

Underground mine supervisor

8 Mar 23

NA

NA

12 Apr 23

10 May 23

18 Sep 23

30 Oct 23

Mines other than underground mines or coal mines

2023 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral date

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Quarry manager

**Refer to 2022 Calendar for post oral date

8 Jun 23

26 Jul 23

6 Sep 23

11 Oct 23

8 Nov 23

28 Mar 24

9 May 24

Licensed activities at coal mines

2023 Certificate

Briefing session

Written closing date

Written exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Oral closing date

Oral exam

Cable Repair Signatory

4 May 23

NA

NA

14 Jun 23

12 Jul 23

NA

NA

 

COVID-19 safe exams

Certificate examinations are to be held 'as close as possible' to the usual format but will include control measures to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

These controls will include: additional cleaning of rooms/desks, use of hygiene products such as hand sanitiser, additional space between exam desks, checking you temperature etc. These controls, along with others, are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of all participants. This will be communicated in detail to those individuals involved prior to and on the day of their examinations.

Candidates who have signs of symptoms of the virus are directed not to attend their examinations and to notify the mining competencies and authorisations unit. If a candidate attends an exam and observed to show signs of symptoms, they will be directed to leave the examinations area.

Applying for a refund

Approved candidates who have paid their examination fee but are unable to attend their rescheduled exam, may apply for a refund (less an administration fee of $50).

Note: the application fee, paid at the time an applicant submits their application for an exam, remains non-refundable. A refund is relevant to the examination fee only.

Resitting a written or oral examination

If you do not pass a written exam, or your first or second attempt at an oral exam and you wish to resit the respective exam, you will need to submit an online application via the Resources Regulator portal.

See the Guide - Applying for a certificate of competence (PDF, 1.59 MB) for full details on time limits for written and oral exams.

It can take a few attempts to get through the examination process successfully and be deemed competent.

Replacement certificate

If you have lost or damaged your certificate of competence or practising certificate, you can apply for a replacement by completing an application via the Resources Regulator portal.

You will receive an electronic copy of the reissued certificate and you can make copies from it.