First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency (Underground Coal Mines) - Queensland


This certificate is required to occupy the statutory position of an Underground Mine Manager to control and manage an underground coal 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 1st Class Mine Manager.

They are:

RIIRIS601A (or equivalent): Establish and maintain the risk management system
RIIMCU601A: Establish and maintain the spontaneous combustion management plan
RIIUND601A: Establish and maintain the ventilation management system
RIIMCU602A: Establish and maintain the gas management system
RIIMCU606A: Establish and maintain the mining method and strata management systems
RIIRAI603A: Establish and maintain mine transport and production equipment
RIIRAI604A: Establish and maintain mine services and infrastructure systems
RIIERR602A: Establish and maintain underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems
RIIBLA302A: Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines,  OR
RIIBLA202B: Support underground shotfiring operations
RIIMCU605A: Establish and maintain the inrust management plan

You must also have:

  • current HLTFA311A Apply First Aid including HLTCPR211A Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • current Instrument Gas Testing Document and Statutory Gas Exam Results.

A minimum of at least three (3) years practical underground coal mining experience including:

  • at least twelve (12) months direct involvement in underground face mining, gas drainage and ventilation, outbye work and hazard management projects; and
  • at least nine (9) months in a supervisory role.

All person seeking to have their interstate statutory certificates of competency registered in Queensland must first undertake and pass an examination in such of the Queensland mining safety and health law as is applicable to their certificate of competency and must hold relevant risk management competencies.


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 a First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency (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 mine's 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

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 & 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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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)