Deputy's Certificate of Competency (Underground Coal Mines) - Queensland


This certificate is required to occupy the statutory position of Mine Deputy, to have control of activities in one or more explosion risk zones and/or to be responsible for the control and management of underground activities when the manager is not in attendance at the mine.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must have the appropriate academic qualifications and practical experience.

Ten core competencies required by the Boards of Examiners need to be addressed, at the level needed for the role of Deputy.

They are:

RIIRIS402A Carry out the risk management processes
RIIMCU408B Apply the spontaneous combustion management plan
RIIUND401B Apply and monitor the ventilation management plan
RIIMCU403A Apply and monitor the gas management plan
RIIMCU407A Apply and monitor the strata management plan
RIIMEXI406A Apply and monitor mine transport systems and production equipment
RIIRAI401A Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems
RIIERR402A Apply and monitor underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems
RIIBLA302A Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines,  OR
RIIBLA202B Support underground shotfiring operations
RIIMCU406A Apply and monitor the inrush management plan

You must have also:

  • current HLTFA311A Apply First Aid including HTLCPR211A Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • current Instrument Gas Testing Document and Statutory Gas Exam Results
  • minimum experience required to be demonstrated is three (3) years practical underground coal mining experience including nine (9) months coal face mining operations.


This certificate remains in effect perpetually unless suspended or cancelled by the Board or an Industrial Magistrate.


Application process

You can obtain this certificate by submitting a completed current "Application for Queensland Deputys Certificate of Competency For Underground Coal Mines" to the Board. This application form can also be downloaded from the Board's website.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • certified copy of identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)
  • certified proof of academic qualifications
  • verification by employers of prescribed practical experience
  • certified copy of current certificate in Senior First Aid including CPR
  • a letter in support from the mines Site Senior Executive
  • certified copy of current Instrument Gas Testing Document and Statutory Gas Exam Results
  • where qualifications were granted outside Australia, copy of the certificate and academic record (J.P. certified) is required.

What is required after applying but before approval is granted?

You must sit both a 3 hour written exam in mining law and an oral exam in mining law and practice.

Transfer process

This certificate cannot be transferred to another person, but may be recognised in other Australian States under Mutual Recognition.

Additional information

Written examinations are held at various sites around Queensland on a monthly basis; oral examinations are held quarterly (February, May, August, November).

Refer to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee website for other requirements.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Mine Safety and Health

Board of Examiners

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Secretary of the Board of Examiners

Board of Examiners

Mine Safety and Health

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Department of Natural Resources and Mines (Opens in new window)