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Practising certificates
Stage 3 applications now open

Practising certificate applications open on Thursday 1 March for the following statutory functions:
  • Ventilation auditor of underground coal mines
  • Ventilation officer of underground coal mines
  • Dust explosion control measures auditor of underground coal mines
  • Open cut examiner of coal mines other than underground mines
  • Electrical engineer of coal mines other than underground mines
  • Mechanical engineer of coal mines other than underground mines.
If you currently hold a certificate of competence, you will need to apply for a practising certificate to exercise specific statutory functions as required under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014. Practising certificates are issued for five years and require the holder to undertake ongoing learning as part of the maintenance of competence scheme.

Practising certificates are being launched in stages, by type of practising certificate. To find out upcoming application dates for other statutory functions, view our implementation timeline.

Please refer to NSW Government Gazette No 23 for further information on new qualifications required for ventilation auditor, ventilation officer and dust explosion control measures auditor.

How to apply 

To apply for a practising certificate for a statutory function listed above, complete and submit the practising certificate application form available on our website. The implementation period for these functions runs until 28 February 2019.

More information 

Information on the maintenance of competence scheme and practising certificates is available on our website including frequently asked questions. For further advice contact the NSW Resources Regulator’s Mining competence team on 02 4063 6461 or email
Click here for more information on practising certificates

Maintenance of competence 

Guide updated

The Guide to Maintenance of competence scheme for practising certificates has been updated.

The changes to the guide make it clearer in relation to what is required in response to enquiries to the Resources Regulator.

The guide now also includes requirements for the ventilation auditor and dust control measures auditor.
Download the guide here

The NSW Resources Regulator is seeking experienced and enthusiastic presenters for the annual Mechanical  Engineering Safety Seminar on 26 and 27 September 2018 at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney. The theme is ‘known risks, known controls’.

Share your ideas and knowledge

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to share their experience and insight and broaden industry’s knowledge on WHS issues and initiatives in mechanical engineering safety in the mining industry. Presenters will need to deliver informative, educational and practical presentations matched to audience needs and levels of experience on issues related to the systematic approach to identify, evaluate and control the risks associated with the use of electricity at mines. 

Presentation format and content

Presentations are typically 30 minutes long and may involve co-presenters. PowerPoint slideshows and/or other audio-visual materials are welcome; interactive, case-study based formats are highly encouraged. The focus must be towards a safety or technical problem or project and its challenges, how it was dealt with and its benefits. Presentations must not include brand promotion or sales pitches.

Submit an expression of interest

If you are interested in being a presenter, read information for applicants and submit an expression of interest form by email no later than the 12 March 2018.

If you would like more information about this opportunity or have questions, contact Lisa Tracey on 02 6360 9504 or email
Submit an expression of interest
Information for applicants
NSW Government,
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

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Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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