Mineral mining competencies

Mining staff in statutory positions need to show they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to perform their duties. This page provides information on the competencies required for mineral mining statutory positions, including how to obtain certificates of competency and site senior executive notices issued by the Queensland Board of Examiners.

Important examination information effective 1 January 2018

Conditions and timelines apply if you fail either a written or oral examination. Please ensure you read about the written and oral examination resit conditions and timelines.

Recognised competencies for mineral mining

The required competencies for statutory metalliferous mining positions are determined by the Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee.

View the recognised competencies for mining statutory positions in Queensland (PDF, 230KB).

Board of Examiners certificates and notices

The required competencies for some positions include a certificate of competency or a notice issued by the Board of Examiners.

To gain a certificate, you need to pass a written law exam, then sit an oral exam on mining practice. You must pass the written test before you can sit the oral exam.

To gain a notice, you need to complete the application form and provide copies of relevant documents.

The Board of Examiners keeps a register of certificates and notices issued. To check if one has been issued, please email DNRMEBOESecretary@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

Qualifications and experience

To obtain a first class mine manager certificate, you must hold academic qualifications that are acceptable to the Board of Examiners. Please make sure you contact the Board before lodging your application and before undertaking a course of study to obtain your certificate.

How to apply

Complete the appropriate application form (see tables below) and attach the required documents. The Board of Examiners will review your application to make sure you have the required qualifications and experience, and contact you about the venue and time of the exam (site senior executive applicants do not sit exams).

You must complete the application and examination process within 5 years of lodging your application. Otherwise, you will need to lodge a new application. This means that you will need to:

  • meet the educational and practical experience criteria in force at the time of lodging your new application
  • undertake the written and oral examination process from the beginning (e.g. if you had previously successfully completed the written examination but not the oral examination, you will need to resit the new written examination before proceeding to the oral examination).

Examination schedule

Written exams are held monthly in Brisbane, Dysart, Mackay, Moranbah and Rockhampton. They may also be held in Townsville and Mount Isa depending on demand and the availability of staff.

If you cannot attend one of these venues, you can organise to sit the exam at a court house, library, school or similar government office. Please read and complete the consent, information and rules for external supervisors and candidates (PDF, 164KB) if you choose this option.

Preparing for an exam

The exam is a 3-hour exam that tests your knowledge of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (MQSH Act) and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Regulation 2017 (MQSH Regulation).

There are 2 sections to this paper, which are broken into 10 topics (see tables below for list of topics).

The pass mark is 70% in each topic. See below for resources to help you prepare for the exams.

Forms and preparation resources

Site senior executive notices

Forms Preparation resources Application fee
Application form (PDF, 104KB)

Work history attachment (DOC, 29KB)
  No fee

First class mine manager certificate of competency (underground metalliferous mines)

Forms Preparation resources Application fee
Application form (PDF, 220KB)

Work history attachment (DOC, 68KB)
Sample examination (PDF, 454KB){{ 35447 }}

Exam topics

Section 1 covers the MQSH Act and the following topics.

Section 1 topics MQSH Act reference
Preliminary Parts 1 and 5
Basic concepts and safety and health obligations Parts 2 and 3
Provisions about the operation of mines Part 4
Site safety and health representatives, committees, district worker representatives, inspectors and other officers Parts 7, 8 and 9
Accidents, incidents and general safety matters Parts 5, 7, 11 and 16

Section 2 covers the MQSH Regulation and the following topics.

Section 2 topics MQSH Regulation reference
Risk management, safety and health management systems; and procedures and safe working instructions Parts 1, 2, 11, and General Regulations
Accidents, incidents, injuries and emergency management Parts 4 and 5
Facilities and process, work environment, mine plans and persons on site Parts 6, 8, 9 and 14
Hazardous substances and dangerous goods, including explosives Part 7
Electrical, fixed and mechanical plant including winders Parts 4, 10 and 13

Written and oral examination resit conditions and timelines

These resit conditions and timelines are effective from 1 January 2018.

Written exams

Exam attempt Resit conditions
First attempt fail (provided result is not 30% or less) Candidate cannot undertake a second examination until after the expiry of 3 months from the date of notification of exam result.
First attempt fail with 30% or less result Same conditions apply as for second attempt fail.
Second attempt fail Candidate must submit a study plan within 3 months from the date of notification of exam result for consideration by the Board. The Board considers the plan and advises if candidate can proceed to third attempt. Candidate is not eligible to undertake a third examination until 6 months from the date of notification of Board approval to resit.
Second attempt fail with 30% or less result Same conditions as second fail.
Third or subsequent attempt fail Candidate is requested to submit show cause request to Board. Board determines if candidate can proceed to further examination and may set conditions.

Oral exams

Exam attempt Resit conditions
First attempt fail result Candidate cannot sit a second examination for a minimum of 6 months from the date of notifications of result of first examination.
First attempt fail with 30% or less result Candidate must submit a study plan within 3 months from the date of notification of exam result for consideration by the Board. Board considers and advises candidate. Candidate is not eligible to undertake a second examination until 12 months from the date of notification of Board approval to resit.
Second attempt fail or result of 30% or less Candidate must submit a study program endorsed by their Site Senior Executive within 3 months from the date of notification of second exam result for consideration by the Board. The Board considers the plan and advises if the candidate can proceed to a third attempt exam. Candidate is not eligible to undertake a third examination until 12 months from the date of notification of Board approval to resit.
Third or subsequent attempt fail result Candidate is requested to submit show cause request to the Board. Board determines if candidate can proceed to further examination and may set conditions.

Contact us

Please send all correspondence to:

Board of Examiners Secretary
Resources Safety and Health
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002
Email: DNRMEBOESecretary@dnrme.qld.gov.au

For more information, contact:

Phone: (07) 3199 8037
Email: DNRMEBOESecretary@dnrme.qld.gov.au

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