Extractive Industries (Mining Administration Surface Extraction (A Grade)

If you currently manage or aspire to manage a mining site (other than coal) where all workings are above ground, employing 5 people or more you are required by legislation to hold as a minimum a A Grade Managers Certificate of Competence or A Grade Opencast Coal mine managers Certificate of Competence.

This national qualification is based on the requirements of the gazette notice relating to the Mining Administration Regulations and Certificates of Competence. People who have completed the requirements of this qualification may be eligible to apply for a A Grade Opencast Coal Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competence or an A Grade Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competence.

Holders of this certificate are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:

  • health and safety plans & systems
  • designing & maintaining stockpiles
  • the selection of plant & equipment
  • planning for site rehabilitation
  • geological features & their effects on extraction methods.

For details of the additional statutory requirements to be met before Certificates of Competence can be awarded, candidates should refer to the Requirements of Holders of Certificates of Competence, under the Health and Safety in  Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013. 

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Mining Administration Surface Extraction A Grade) (Level 5)
  • Location:
    Available Nationally
  • Method of Study:
    Block courses
  • Total Duration:
    12 months
  • Start Date:
    Multiple intakes per year
  • $2,561

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  •   Tuition Fee:
  • International Fee (2017):

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* NZQA unit registration fees of $1.58 per credit apply

This qualification will require both participation in structured training sessions and the opportunity for supervised practice to enable the learner to develop the required competencies.

Much of this supervised practice will be able to be provided in the work environment.

This supervised practice will require a commitment from the employers to ensure that the learner is exposed to appropriate learning situations and placed with suitably seasoned people who are willing to share their hard earned skills and knowledge.

This qualification is offered via block courses over a 12 month period. There is assignment and project work to be completed between the practical and theory courses. The qualification includes a number of assessments that are completed on a mining site during the programme.

Core Elements

  • Inspect and report and extractive site and operations
  • Review and implement plans for ongoing operations of an extractive site
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the co-ordinated incident management system (CIMS)
  • Describe the roles and functions of a CIMS Incident Management Team (IMT) at an incident
  • Analyse human factors present in workplace practices to determine how they contribute to incidents at an extractive site
  • Plan storage for product processed at extractive sites
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of regulatory requirements to manage an extractive site
  • Select excavation and transportation plant for surface extraction
  • Demonstrate knowledge of planning rehabilitation operations of an extractive site
  • Demonstrate knowledge of crushing and screening plant for extractive industries
  • Design and maintain stockpiles and sloping surfaces in surface excavations and stockpiles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the geological nature of surface extraction sites
  • Demonstrate knowledge of extraction methods and the effects of geological features on these methods

Entry Criteria

  • Completed or currently studying toward B Grade Qualification.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0

Special Note:

The B Grade qualification must be awarded before the award of this qualification.