Underground supervisor's certificate

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Certain criteria must be met when applying  for an underground supervisor's certificate.

Underground supervisor's certificate (with qualifications)

A person who holds a relevant qualification is eligible for an underground supervisor's certificate if the person:

  • reaches 23 years of age; and
  • passes an applicable legislation examination for an underground supervisor’s certificate, and works at an underground mine for at least 2 years; and
  • while working at an underground non-coal mine, has experience carrying out each relevant activity for at least 3 months, and working for at least 6 months in mine ventilation, mine planning or mine emergency management; and
  • successfully completes an approved WHS risk management unit for an underground supervisor’s certificate; and 
  • is of good character; and
  • has completed first aid training. 

Relevant qualification means:

  • a degree in mining engineering or science from an Australian university; or
  • a diploma in mining from an Australian university or TAFE; or
  • a qualification approved by MCAC to be equivalent to the degree or diploma mentioned above.

Relevant activity means:

  • installing ground support; and
  • use of explosives at stopes and development faces; and
  • mine transport and services. 

Underground supervisor's certificate (without qualifications)

A person who does not hold a relevant qualification is eligible for an underground supervisor's certificate if the person:

  • reaches 23 years of age; and
  • passes a mining practice examination for an underground supervisor's certificate, passes an applicable legislation examination for an underground supervisor's certificate, and works at an underground mine for at least 5 years; and
  • while working at an underground non-coal mine, has experience carrying out each relevant activity for at least 3 months, and working for at least 6 months in mine ventilation, mine planning or mine emergency management; and
  • successfully completes an approved WHS risk management unit for an underground supervisor's certificate; and
  • is of good character; and
  • has completed first aid training.

Relevant activity means:

  • installing ground support; and
  • use of explosives at stopes and development faces; and
  • mine transport and services.

Approved WHS management units

Statutory certification requires completion of the national units of competency in health and safety risk management approved for this certificate.

Assessment of "good character”

Statutory certification requires a person to be “of good character”. The assessment by the Competence Advisory Committee is based on the National Police Certificate.

First aid training

HTLAIDDO11 Provide First Aid is the minimum requirement for statutory certification.

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