Extractive Industries (Mining Administration Surface Extraction B Grade)

If you currently manage or aspire to manage a mining site (other than coal) where all workings are above ground, employing 4 people or less you are required by legislation to hold as a minimum a B Grade 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:

  • Safety plans for surface face and benching operations.
  • Constructing and maintaining access roads.
  • Maintaining working surfaces.
  • Conducting safety checks on equipment.
  • Dewatering, pump maintenance
  • Cleaning settling ponds.
  • Minimising environmental impact.
  • Reviewing consent conditions.
  • Regulatory requirements incident reporting.

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:
    73 - 90
  • Awards:
    National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Mining Administration Surface Extraction B Grade) (Level 5)
  • Location:
    Available Nationally
  • Method of Study:
    Block courses
  • Total Duration:
    12 months
  • Start Date:
    Multiple intakes per year
  • $2,765

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of regulatory
  • requirements to manage an extractive site or; Explain the Health and Safety legislation and supporting documents, applicable to an extractive site
  • Prepare and implement safety plans for surface face and
  • benching operations
  • Conduct and incident investigation at an extractives site
  • Conduct safety checks prior to equipment usage at an
  • extractives site
  • Construct and maintain access roads within surface
  • extraction sites
  • Maintain working surfaces at surface extraction sites
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dewatering, pump maintenance,
  • cleaning settling ponds at extraction sites
  • Carry out the risk management process at an extractive site
  • Review consent conditions and demonstrate knowledge of
  • the use of water at surface extraction sites
  • Plan, implement, and describe surface extraction
  • production to minimise environmental impacts

Entry Criteria

  • Provide evidence of sufficient experience in the industry.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0