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Applications for underground mine or quarry manager's certificates of competency in South Australia

The Department for Energy and Mining's Chief Inspector of Mines has the responsibility for assessing applications for underground mine and quarry manager's certificates, under the provisions of the Mines and Works Inspection Regulations 2013.

Specific advice (for example regarding qualifications and equivalent qualifications or the relevance of your experience) cannot be given.

All applications are assessed by an external contractor, on a case by case basis, taking into account the individual's qualifications and experience. The final decision is made by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Checklist for application for underground mine or quarry manager's certificate of competence in South Australia 2019 (PDF 95.8 KB)

Experience requirements

The following experience is necessary before a certificate of competency can be issued:

  • A minimum 3 (three) years relevant experience underground (for underground mines) or quarrying (for above ground quarries)
  • At least the equivalent of 1 (one) year of relevant 'hands on' experience out of the total three (3) years required
  • An applicant must be at least 25 years of age
  • Evidence of supervisory experience

First class underground mine manager and quarry managers

Managers of mining or quarrying operations that employ 20 or more persons must hold a first class certificate (refer to the regulations and guidelines). Holders of first class certificates must have:

  • a degree or diploma in mining engineering or equivalent
  • completed and passed a mining law examination (applicable after the initial application has been approved).

Second class underground mine manager and quarry managers

Applicants who do not have the relevant degree or diploma may be eligible to apply for a second class certificate which will only allow for the management of operations where up to 19 persons are employed (refer to the regulations and guidelines).

Second class certificates require the holder to have passed examinations on:

Restricted certificates

There is provision for a restricted certificate which will usually only apply to a particular mine or quarry or a particular type of mine of quarry. Requirements for a restricted certificate include:

  • a covering letter from your employer explaining why a restriction is sought
  • completion and pass of a mining law examination (applicable after the initial application has been approved).

Submission and assessment of applications

Applicants who apply for a certificate must ensure that all required information is included in the application as outlined in the application checklist. Submitted applications that do not meet these requirements will not be assessed.

Applicants will be advised in writing if the application has been approved, not approved, or if further information or clarification is required.

Following the approval of the application a mining law examination must be passed - information about this examination will be provided.

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Application forms

Fees (under Schedule 3)
Application for underground mine or quarry manager's certificate $32.35
Second class quarry manager examinations (4 papers) $20.40 each
Mining law examination $20.40
Issue of an underground mine or quarry manager certificate $50.00
Issue of a replacement certificate $32.45

All fees are GST exempt

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