Applying for a First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency

The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2020 was passed by the Parliament of WA and assented to by the Governor in November 2020.

The supporting regulations to the WHS Act are being drafted and the legislation will be proclaimed when these regulations are ready.

The government is working towards proclaiming the new health & safety legislation in  2022.

Once the legislation is proclaimed, the assessment for the statutory certificates for the mining industry will be based on the new legislation.

There will be transitional provisions allowing the current certificated statutory position holders to continue functioning.

First class mine manager's certificate - application form - 240 Kb

Application for a First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency

Lodge your application online via the departmental submissions portal.

Required information

Please refer to the information below:

First class mine manager’s certificate of competency - fact sheet - 238 Kb

This factsheet contains information on the requirements for the first class mine manager’s certificate of competency.

Supporting documentation

The completed application form must be accompanied by:

  • evidence of attaining minimum age of 25 years (either a photocopy of a passport or driver’s licence)
  • certified copy of appropriate degree with the academic transcript for one of
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Mining from any Australian university
    • other qualifications that the Board considers to be equivalent to the BEng Mining
  • copy of a character reference
  • copy of current first aid certificate
  • evidence of five years’ experience on a mine site, which must include
    • three years’ experience at an underground mine
    • six months’ experience directly involved in ground support, haulage and transport and in general mine servicing
    • three months’ face experience in operating a rockdrill on development and stoping face (a minimum of 65 shifts must be completed)
    • three months’ personal experience in using explosives in charging and firing both development and stoping rounds (a minimum of 65 shifts must be completed).

Evidence of experience

Letters confirming experience

  • Provided on company letterhead and signed off by a responsible officer of the company in which experience has been gained.
  • Include precise details of the types of duties and dates associated with each.
  • Drilling and blasting time must include number of shifts if experience is less than five months.

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

Venue and date

Applicants must nominate an examination venue.

Examinations schedule - certificates of competency - locations and dates - 285 Kb

This factsheet shows the schedule and location for WA certificates of competency examinations.

Past exam papers

Information can be found on past exam papers below.

First class mine manager’s Law Past Exam Papers - 224 Kb

Past law exam papers for first class mine manager's


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

Application fee

  Refer to Schedule of fees and charges to determine the fee.

Lodging the application

The completed and signed application form must be accompanied by:

  • all support documents
  • the fee, payable at lodgement
    • this can be paid by credit card
    • application to be lodged online

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 the Executive Officer to the Board of Examiners
Phone: (08) 9358 8014