Please refer to the information below:
The completed application form must be accompanied by:
- proof of identity documents (either a photocopy of a passport or driver’s licence)
- certified copy of appropriate degree with the academic transcript
- degree or diploma in mine surveying technology from Curtin University of Western Australian School of Mines
- three year diploma in mine surveying from the Department of Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
- surveying qualifications from any school of mines, university, institute of technology or technical college deemed by the Board to be equivalent to a qualification referred to above
- For Grade 1 certificate – evidence of at least two mining units and a geology unit
- For Grade 2 certificate – evidence of at least one mining unit
- copy of a character reference
- evidence of practical experience which must include:
- Grade 1 certificate – evidence of having made underground surveys under supervision for a period of not less than 24 months (verified by a Grade 1 Authorised Mine Surveyor or Board recognised equivalent)
- Grade 2 certificate – evidence of having made surveys of quarry operations under supervision for a period of not less than 12 months (verified by a Grade 1 or 2 Authorised Mine Surveyor or Board recognised equivalent)
If the degree is from a non-Australian or New Zealand institution a letter of assessment from the Overseas Qualification Unit in the Department of Training and Workforce Development is required.
Evidence of experience
Letters confirming experience
- Provided on company letterhead and signed off by an authorised mine surveyor. The signee must endorse the applicant for the certificate.
- Include precise details of the types of duties performed, and the dates associated with each.
- May be acceptable only if the original document from a mine confirming experience cannot be obtained.
Inquiries, if conducted, to establish the accuracy of experience given in the form of a Statutory Declaration may delay finalisation of a decision on the application.
For information on who can witness an application and any other statutory declarations and certify copies of documents, refer to the Department of the Attorney General.
Applicants for an authorised mine surveyor’s certificate will be given at least one month’s notice of the oral examination date and venue.
The one hour interview will comprise:
- submission of a set work portfolio (hard copies)
- submission of a set of standard mine plans (hard copies)
- interview conducted by a panel of peers
- a desktop mine surveying scenario that the applicant will have to work through.
A copy of the relevant legislation can be ordered, downloaded or viewed online at the State Law Publisher.
Re-sitting the exam
Those wishing to re-sit the exam who have previously submitted the relevant documentation are not required to resubmit the documentation. A new application form must be lodged along with the application fee to re-apply. All requirements for a certificate must be completed within five years.
Lodging the application
The completed and signed application form must be accompanied by
- required information
- the fee
- this can be paid by credit card (details on application form)
- by cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Mines and Petroleum
- cash payments can only be made when lodging in person.
This information should be mailed to:
Board of Examiners
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004
Or lodged in person at Resources Safety 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004.
If you have an interstate or New Zealand qualification, you may qualify for mutual recognition.
Refer to What is mutual recognition? for more information.
For enquiries please contact the Executive Officer to the Board of Examiners
Ph: (08) 9358 8014
Fax: (08) 9358 8000