Information for A-grade opencast coal mine manager certificates of competence (CoC) including legislative requirements, how to apply and where to find help.

A-grade opencast coal mine manager certificates are valid for five years and issued by the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE).

As an A-grade opencast coal mine manager you are expected to apply in-depth knowledge to plan and implement safe and productive operations and procedures. Hold knowledge of legislative and regulatory requirements and be able to plan and lead emergency management procedures along with the ability to supervise, lead and mentor staff and work teams.


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 A-grade opencast coal mine manager’s certificate.


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:

CoC application process map (PDF 26 KB)

These steps provide a basic overview of the documentation and qualifications required for a A-grade opencast coal mine manager’s 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, 191 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.
  • 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 our 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 A-grade opencast coal mine manager and should be showing on your record of achievement:

Unit standards Title
7142 Demonstrate knowledge of the application of regulatory requirements to manage an extractive site
7143 Inspect and report on extractive site and operations
7144 Review and implement plans for ongoing operations of an extractive site
8899 Plan storage for product processed at extractive sites
8902 Prepare and implement safety plans for surface face and benching operations
8905 Construct and maintain access roads within surface extraction sites
8909  Maintain working surfaces at surface extraction sites
8922 Conduct safety checks prior to equipment usage at an extractives site
15658 Select excavation and transportation plant for surface extraction
15663  Design and maintain stockpiles and sloping surfaces in surface excavations and stockpiles
15664  Demonstrate knowledge of the geological nature of surface extraction sites
15667  Demonstrate knowledge of extraction methods and the effects of geological features on these methods
16686  Conduct an incident investigation at an extraction site 
17279  Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS)
17694  Demonstrate knowledge of explosives and their properties
21151 Demonstrate knowledge of planning rehabilitation operations of an extractives site
21152  Demonstrate and apply knowledge of storing explosives for use
21153  Demonstrate and apply knowledge of dewatering, pump maintenance, and cleaning settling ponds at extraction sites
21155  Review consent conditions and demonstrate knowledge of the use of water at surface extraction sites
21156  Plan, implement, and describe surface extraction production to minimise environmental impacts
22445  Describe the roles and functions of a CIMS Incident Management Team (IMT) at an incident
25878  Demonstrate knowledge of crushing and screening plant for extractive industries
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
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. 2 years employed in the workings of an opencast coal mine, or 12 months employed in the workings of an opencast coal mine, and 2 years employed in the workings of a mine, coal mine or tunnel.
  2. Holder of a first class coal mine manager or first class mine manager under the former regulations or the current regulations:
    • 12 months employed in the workings of an opencast coal mine.

Section B

This section should show experience in more than one of the following options:

At least 9 months of your experience must be carrying out more than one of the following types of work in a mine, coal mine, opencast coal mine or tunnel (as it applies to this CoC):

  1. drill and blast
  2. load and haul
  3. processing or stockyard loadout.

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). Please pay 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 

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 A-grade opencast coal mine manager 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 A-grade opencast coal mine manager 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