Information for a coal mine deputy certificates of competence (CoC) including legislative requirements, how to apply and where to find help.

Coal mine deputy certificates are valid for five years and issued by the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE).

As a coal mine deputy you are expected to interpret and implement operational plans in compliance with legislation and workplace policies and procedures while having a broad operational and theoretical knowledge. Hold knowledge of health and safety legislation, coordinate and apply risk assessment procedures with workplace health and safety procedures. Have the ability to implement processes and procedures for emergencies and provide face-to-face leadership and guidance when organising activities holding some responsibility for the performance and safety of your team.

Requirements

To apply for this certificate, you need to prove that you meet all of the requirements. In summary, you need to:

You are also required to sit an oral examination to satisfy the Board that you are competent to hold a coal mine deputy certificate.

Cost

The application fee for this certificate is NZ$140.00. This includes goods and services tax (GST).

Application process

Our application process map provides you with an overview of what is required at each stage for this certificate:

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CoC application process map (PDF 26 KB)

These steps provide a basic overview of the documentation and qualifications required for a coal mine deputy CoC. 

1. Application form

There are two ways you can apply:

  1. Apply online(external link) - With online applications you can complete your application form and upload all supporting documentation through the website. 
  2. Printable application form [PDF, 134 KB] - Print the application form and send it in via email or post.

2. Fit and proper person

To apply for a CoC you are required to provide evidence that you are fit and proper. The BoE may refuse an application if there is insufficient information to verify that you are a fit and proper person to hold this CoC. 

  • Complete the fit and proper person form attached to the application form.
  • Provide a current certified copy of your New Zealand criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice(external link).
  • Your criminal record check must be provided to the BoE even if there are no convictions listed.
    • The date on your criminal record check must not be more than three months old upon receipt of your application by WorkSafe.
  • If you have lived overseas for a period of 12 months or more within the five years before making your application, you must also provide a criminal history from that country.

You can find more information on how criminal records are considered in our Fit and proper person policy.

3. Identification

Provide a certified copy of one of the following items to confirm your identity. The copy must be of a current (unexpired) document:

  1. New Zealand driver’s licence
  2. current refugee travel document used by or on behalf of the government of New Zealand
  3. New Zealand or overseas passport
  4. New Zealand firearms licence
  5. current certificate of identity
  6. New Zealand Police or New Zealand Defence Force photo identity card issued to non-civilian staff.

4. First aid certificate

Training of first aid personnel in workplaces must be carried out by individuals who are employed by an organisation granted consent by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to assess first aid unit standards.

  • Provide a certified copy of your current first aid certificate.

5. New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Record of Achievement

Provide a certified official transcript of your record of achievement from NZQA that shows the unit standards required for this CoC.

You can obtain this by contacting NZQA on 0800 697 296 or online(external link).

The following unit standards are required for coal mine deputy and should be showing on your record of achievement:

Unit standards Title

2401

Safely shut down and isolate machines and equipment

3271

Suppress fire with hand extinguishers and fixed hose reels

7143

Inspect and report on extractive site and operations

7144

Review and implement plans for ongoing operations of an extractive site

7146

Demonstrate basic knowledge and ability required to work in an underground mine

8899

Plan storage for product processed at extractive sites

8922

Conduct safety checks prior to equipment usage at an extractives site

15672

Demonstrate knowledge of the Mines Rescue Service

16686

Conduct an incident investigation at an extraction site

17279

Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS)

17691

Use mathematics to solve problems in an extractive industries workplace

17694

Demonstrate knowledge of explosives and their properties

17705

Describe, develop, and maintain basic ventilation systems for an underground mine or tunnel

21152

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of storing explosive for use

21278

Describe, install and reassess support systems for an underground mine

21281

Interpret and test for gases in an underground extraction site

21661

Demonstrate knowledge of the use of electrical reticulation plant and equipment in underground mines

21662

Demonstrate knowledge of development and extraction plant and methods for underground coal mining

21629

Evaluate and implement plans to manage old workings and inundations in underground sites

21821

Supply, maintain, deliver, and store services for an underground mine

22057

Demonstrate knowledge of fluid power systems used in underground mines and tunnels

22445

Describe the roles and functions of a CIMS Incident Management Team (IMT) at an incident

26855

Analyse human factors present in workplace practices to determine how they contribute to incidents at an extractive site

26856

Carry out the risk management processes at an extractive site

28742 or 7142

Explain the health and safety legislation, and supporting documents, applicable to an extractive site

Demonstrate knowledge of the application of regulatory requirements to manage an extractive site

First aid unit standards

6400

Manage first aid in an emergency situation

6401

Provide first aid

6402

Provide basic life support

Note: It may take up to 5-10 working days for your record of achievement to arrive from NZQA.

Certification of documents

You must provide a certified copy of all these documents. This means it is required to be certified by an authorised person such as a lawyer, Justice of the Peace, Court Registrar, or notary public.

  • Identification
  • Ministry of Justice criminal record check
  • First aid certificate
  • New Zealand Qualification Authority Record of Achievement.

6. Operational Experience Logbook

Provide a completed operational experience logbook [PDF, 230 KB] where you record your practical experience that is required for this certificate.

Section A

This section should show experience in either:

  1. Holder of a first class coal mine manager, first class mine manager or A grade tunnel manager under the former regulations or the current regulations:
    • 12 months experience actively engaged in the extraction of coal and support of the face openings.
  2. In cases where the above does not apply:
    • 5 years employed in underground workings of a coal mine or of a metalliferous mine or tunnel construction including:
      • 2 years employment actively engaged in the development and extraction of coal and support of the face openings, and
      • 1 years employment that included experience in all the types of shift work (see below).
  3. The shift work is:
    • preparing for and installing either mechanical or hydraulic transport of coal; and
    • building permanent or temporary stoppings; and
    • installation of auxiliary ventilation; and
    • erection of either steel or timber sets; and
    • installation of roof bolts; and
    • installation of services.

Before sending in your logbook, check that you have: 

  1. filled in all the fields and columns
  2. demonstrated the required amount of experience as outlined above
  3. your logbook signed by a supervisor/manager or expert as verification
  4. completed the contact page (at the back of the logbook).

Your logbook will be reviewed by the BoE. If the BoE requires clarification of your logbook you will be given the opportunity to do this.

An opportunity to attend an oral exam will be given once your operational logbook has been approved by the BoE.

7. Fees

The application fee for this certificate is NZ$140.00. This includes goods and services tax (GST). There are two ways to pay your application fee:

a. Payment by direct credit

To ensure payment reaches the BoE Secretariat, complete the fields in the direct credit form as outlined below:

Account Name: WorkSafe NZ
Bank: Westpac Account: 03-0251-0040445-000
Particulars: Last name
Code: First name
Reference: Extractives CoC

b. Payment by cheque

Please make cheques payable to WorkSafe New Zealand and send to:

New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE) Secretariat,
PO Box 165,
Wellington 6140

8. How to send your application

You can send your application form and supporting documentation through one of the following options:

Paper applications

a. Via email

Send scanned copies of your application and supporting documents to the BoE Secretariat.

b. Via courier/post

New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE) Secretariat,
PO Box 165,
Wellington 6140

Online applications

Applications that are completed and submitted through our online system(external link) automatically get sent to the BoE Secretariat for processing.

For your application to be considered complete, you must provide all required information and supporting documents. If your application is considered incomplete you will be given 10 working days to provide the requested information or documents. If you have not provided this within the 10 working days your application and supporting documents will be returned to you.

You will need to reapply for your CoC when you have the correct documents, ensuring your Ministry of Justice criminal record check is still dated within three months and first aid certificate is still current.

For more information, see our Incomplete applications policy [PDF, 47 KB].

Once your completed application has been reviewed, logbook approved and a date has been set for your oral exam you will receive a letter outlining the date, time and location. Scheduling of oral exams is based on availability of suitable panel members and the number of applicants applying for similar CoCs. Your oral exam could take place up to a few months after the BoE has received your complete application and you should allow approximately one hour for the exam.

An oral examination panel consists of three members who will mostly be senior colleagues from the extractives industry relevant to your CoC. A member of the Board’s Secretariat is also present to ensure the Boards processes and procedures are followed. In some instances, such as moderation, the Board wishes for observers to be present during an oral exam. If this is the case you will be asked for permission prior to your exam.

The panel will assess you against the benchmarks set out in the High Level Oral Exam Framework [PDF, 243 KB]. The panel will use workplace-based scenarios to assess you against these benchmarks. The scenarios may include follow up questions. You will be asked to demonstrate the application of your skills and/or knowledge relevant to the CoC. This means that the panel will expect you to talk about the scenarios you have been presented with, including the actions you would take, putting into practice what you have learnt and explaining why you have taken the action(s).

The scenarios will cover these four competencies:

  1. Operating and Safety Systems
  2. Legislation
  3. Emergency Management
  4. Leadership.

Each competency has a range of topics which can be found in the High Level Oral Exam Framework on page 3.

For more information, see our oral examination policies.

Outcomes after oral examination

It can take up to 2-3 weeks after your oral exam for a response to come back from the BoE on the outcome of your overall application.

If the BoE finds you competent and grants you with your coal mine deputy CoC, a letter will be sent to you along with your certificate and information on CPD requirements.

If the BoE finds you not yet competent and declines your application for your coal mine deputy CoC you will receive a letter including extracts from the report from your oral examination. This will assist you in preparation should you wish to reapply.

You can reapply and re-sit the exam at any time.

As a holder of a CoC you must demonstrate that you have complied with the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements when renewing your CoC.

CPD requirements are prescribed by WorkSafe and the BoE renews all CoCs. 

To find out more, see our information about CPD and your requirements.

Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about Certificates of Competence, Continued Professional Development or anything else relating to the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners, please contact our Board Secretariat Team who are happy to help:

Phone: +64 4 901 4980 or

Email: BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz