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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 remainder of 2022

Note: Calendar for 2023 will be published closer to the end of 2022. This will be announced in Mine Safety News (subscribe here).

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 TBC TBC
Mechanical engineering manager 29 Apr 22 22 Jun 22 3 Aug 22 7 Sep 22 5-6 Oct 22 TBC TBC

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 TBC

Open cut examiner

9 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

8 June 22

8 Jul 22

11 Aug 22

11 Jan 23 TBC

Electrical Engineer

20 Jun 22

31 Aug 22

28 Sep 22

26 Oct 22

23-24 Nov 22

TBC TBC

Mechanical Engineer

29 Apr 22

22 Jun 22

3 Aug 22

7 Sep 22

5-6 Oct 22

TBC TBC

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

TBC TBC

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

19 Jan 23 16 Feb 23

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.