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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.

Certificate of competence exam calendar for 2021/2022 financial year

Underground coal mines

2021/2022 Certificate Oral closing date Oral exam Briefing session Written closing date Written exam Oral closing date Oral exam
Mining engineering manager 10 Jun 21 9 Dec 21 18 Aug 21 14 Jan 22 10-11 Mar 22 18 Apr 22 5-6 May 22
Undermanager 19 Aug 21 8-9 Dec 21 16 Mar 22 15 Feb 22 6-7 Apr 22 26 May 22 15-16 Jun 22
Deputy 12 Jan 22  2-3 Mar 22 2 Feb 22 17 Mar 22 18 May 22 27 Jun 22 27-28 Jul 22
Electrical engineering manager   29-30 Mar 22 31 Mar 21 30 Sep 21 23 Nov 21 2022 - TBC 2022 - TBC
Mechanical engineering manager 27 Jan 22 16-17 Mar 22 29 Apr 21 30 Sep 21 25 Nov 21 2022 - TBC 2022 - TBC

 

Coal mines other than underground

2021/2022 Certificate Oral closing date Oral exam Briefing session Written closing date Written exam Oral closing date Oral date

Mining engineering manager

7 Dec 21

9 Feb 22

9 Mar 22

24 Mar 22

9 June 22

9 Jul 22

9 Aug 22

Open cut examiner

7 Dec 21

9 Feb 22

9 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

8 June 22

8 Jul 22

9 Aug 22

Electrical Engineer

23 Nov 21

29-30 Mar 22

31 Mar 21

30 Sep 21

23 Nov 21

2022 - TBC

2022 - TBC

Mechanical Engineer

27 Jan 22

16-17 Mar 22

29 Apr 21

30 Sep 21

25 Nov 21

2022 - TBC

2022 - TBC

Underground mines other than coal mines

2021/2022 Certificate Oral closing date Oral exam Briefing session Written closing date Written exam Oral closing date Oral date

Mining engineering manager

29 Sep 21

3 Nov 21

20 Oct 21

16 Dec 21

23 Feb 22

4 Apr 22

4 May 22

Underground mine supervisor

11 Apr 22

26 May 22

24 Mar 22

NA

NA

2022 - TBC

2022  - TBC

Mines other than underground mines or coal mines

2021/2022 Certificate Oral closing date Oral exam Briefing session Written closing date Written exam Oral closing date Oral date

Quarry manager

23 Mar 22

11 May 22

9 Jun 22

2022 - TBC

2022 - TBC

2022 - TBC

2022 - TBC

Licensed activities at coal mines

2021/2022 Certificate Oral closing date Oral exam Briefing session Written closing date Written exam Oral closing date Oral exam

Cable Repair Signatory

NA

NA

2022 - TBC

NA

NA

2022 - TBC

2022 - TBC

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.