Practising Certificate - New South Wales


You will need this certificate if you work, or intend to work, in certain safety-critical statutory positions in the NSW mining and petroleum industries. Such statutory positions are:

  • mining engineering manager
  • mechanical engineering manager
  • electrical engineering manager
  • undermanager
  • quarry manager
  • ventilation auditor
  • ventilation officer
  • dust explosion control measures auditor
  • open cut examiner
  • electrical engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • deputy
  • underground mine supervisor
  • quarry manager.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

The Regulator may be satisfied that you are competent if you hold a certificate of competence, interstate practising certificate, or you meet other specified criteria in clause 139 (2) of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 including required qualifications and experience.

The mandatory requirements for each Practising Certificate varies depending on your statutory function. More information can be count in the 'Practicing Certificate Fact Sheet' provided in the resources.

Mandatory prerequisites:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Practical experience - a written application must be accompanied by evidence that you have a minimum of one year's experience working in mining operations at a mine or equivalent experience working in civil works.
  • Current first aid certificate must have been issued, or you must have completed a refresher course, no more than three years before the date you apply. The minimum qualification is HLTAID003 Provide First Aid issued by a registered training organisation.
  • Blasting experience (if blasting takes place at the mine).

Optional documents:

  • qualifications (if any)
  • mining licences (if any).

All documents must be certified as a true copy of the original by an authorised certifier.


Practising certificates are issued for 5 years and require the holder to undertake ongoing learning as part of the maintenance of competence scheme.


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Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2022 New South Wales

Application process


Stage 1 - Application

You must submit a written application on the application form along with the mining legislation questionnaire (stage 2). You will be notified of the outcome of the application and, if successful, you will be invited to undertake stage 3 of the assessment process - the oral examination.

Your written application must include supporting documents, where possible, as evidence that you satisfy each of the following prerequisite requirements. Some prerequisites are mandatory, while others are optional and may simply support your application:

  • a minimum total of one year's relevant practical experience
  • current first aid certificate, plus details of any relevant mining qualifications
  • blasting experience if explosives are used at a mine
  • identity verification.

All supporting documentation must be certified as a true copy by an authorised certifier.

Stage 2 - Written Examination

The written examination consists of a questionnaire attached to the application form (and a second questionnaire if you're practising certificate is for a mine site where blasting takes place).

It should be submitted with your application form. The questionnaire is to be answered by you, and you alone, in your own time. The questionnaire is an open book assessment and you are allowed to refer to any material that you need, such as legislation. Use the words from the legislation or your own understanding of the legislation, unless otherwise stated.

A Mine Safety Inspector will assess your application and questionnaire and, if successful, will contact you to organise a suitable time to conduct the stage 3 - oral examination.

You will receive a one-year credit for a pass in the assessment. At the end of this one-year period, the credit will expire. During the one year you must successfully pass the stage 3 - oral examination to be eligible to receive a practising certificate.

Stage 3 - Oral Examination

The oral examination will relate to mining conditions and safety practices in NSW surface mines or quarries. The department assessing officer may ask questions relating to your practical experience.

In order to pass the oral examination, the examiner must assess you as being 'competent' to carry out the statutory function of a quarry manager in accordance with the practising certificate you are applying for. If you are found 'not yet competent' at your first oral examination, you will be allowed to attempt the oral examination two more times within one year of passing the written examination. However, if you fail three attempts of the oral examination, you must re-apply and pass the written examination before you will be permitted to make further attempts at the oral examination.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

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