Applying for an Authorised Mine Surveyor's Certificate of Competency

Authorised mine surveyors certificate - application form - 251 Kb

Application for an Authorised Mine Surveyor’s Certificate

Required information

Please refer to the information below:

Authorised mine surveyor’s certificate grades 1 and 2 - fact sheet - 66 Kb

This factsheet contains information regarding the grades for authorised mine surveyor's certificates.

Supporting documentation

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.

Authorised mine surveyor’s certificate grades 1 and 2 - fact sheet - 66 Kb

This factsheet contains information regarding the grades for authorised mine surveyor's certificates.

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.

Statutory declarations

  • 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.

Statutory declaration - form - 237 Kb

Statutory declaration - form

Examination information

Format

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.

Authorised mine surveyor’s certificate - oral assessment guidelines - 484 Kb

Authorised mine surveyor’s certificate - oral assessment guidelines

Legislation

A copy of the relevant legislation can be ordered, downloaded or viewed online at the State Law Publisher.

Mine survey - code of practice - 6796 Kb

Mine survey - code of practice: This code provides guidance on meeting the requirements in the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 relating to surveys at mining operations.

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 The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
    • cash payments can only be made when lodging in person.

This information should be mailed to:

Board of Examiners
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Resources Safety
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004

Or lodged in person at Resources Safety 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004.

Mutual recognition

If you have an interstate or New Zealand qualification, you may qualify for mutual recognition.

Refer to Applying for mutual recognition for more information.

Contact

Contact the Executive Officer to the Board of Examiners
Phone: (08) 9358 8001 (select option 6 - you can make your selection at anytime)
Fax: (08) 9358 8000
Email: boe@dmirs.wa.gov.au