The first cohorts of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s


The first cohorts of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s School of Mines have begun graduating this month.

Graduates of the National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Mining Administration Surface Extraction B Grade) were presented with their national certificates at a function in Greymouth on 25July.

The qualification enables the graduates to apply for their Certificates of Competence as a B Grade Opencast Coal Mine Manager or B Grade Quarry Manager and ensures their sites and employers comply with the changes in mining regulation.

Training consisted of block courses led by active industry professionals, seconded from the extractive industry, all with current NZ and international experience.

The short concentrated blocks of tutor led training were interactive and built on the skills and knowledge within the groups. They provided not only a strong basis of theory as their foundation but exposure to a wide range of application on differing scales of operation and types of extraction.

The School of Mines has received tremendous industry support from both local companies and national and international operations. This included providing resources such as examples of systems, processes and even consents and licences which has enabled TPP to give participants exposure to examples of both large and small operations covering a wide range of extractive activities.

For many of the students from smaller mines with less formal processes, students developed the processes and systems at their work sites to meet the new regulations and complete assessment requirements. This led to major gains for both the student and their employers in learning, as well as safety, compliance and productivity.

Students were provided with one‐to‐one individual support and coaching by tutors. Study nights were popular (like the old style School of Mines) which included supper and show and tell sessions with consents and licences.

Areas of study included: regulatory requirements, safety plans, safety checks, pumps and dewatering, minimising environmental impact and the knowledge of explosives and storage.

A further two cohorts are in the final stages of assessment and will graduate in the next few months.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is providing B Grade training on the West Coast with an A Grade programme beginning this month (August 2014). Both A and B Grade programmes are planned for Canterbury, Southland, Nelson, and Auckland depending on demand.

TPP School of Mines is committed to assisting extractives companies and staff meet the challenge of changing mining regulations and developing safer and more productive worksites.


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Graduates present on the night were (left to right): Les Huggins (Victory Lime, Ashburton), Mark Reid (Greid Mining, Greymouth) Lee Haddock (Mill Creek Mining Ltd, Greymouth)James Dewhurst (Oceana Gold (NZ) Ltd), Reefton, Andy Mitchell (Fulton Hogan, Ashburton), Alex Thomson (Isaac Construction, Christchurch) Bob Koti (Birchfield Coal Mines Ltd).

Absent: Troy Adamson (Fulton Hogan, Nelson), Wayne Hassan (Boatman's Coal), Daniel Moore and Graeme Reid (Rosco Contractors Ltd).