Information for a first-class mine manager certificate of competence (CoC), including how to apply, legislative requirements, and where to find help.

A CoC is valid for 5 years and is issued by the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (the Board).

As a first-class mine manager, you are expected to meet the key functions and responsibilities for this role, which are listed in the High level framework for oral exam requirements (see below under Oral examination).

What you need to know

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

  • be a fit and proper person (see below under Requirements)
  • complete the required unit standards (see below under Requirements)
  • hold a current first aid certificate
  • demonstrate that you have the required practical experience for this CoC.

You are also required to sit an oral examination to satisfy the Board that you are competent to hold a first-class mine manager CoC.


The application fee for this certificate is NZ$140.00 (including GST).

Please pay by internet banking. Instructions are included in both the online and PDF forms.

How to apply

To apply for a new CoC, use our online form.

With online applications you can:

  • complete your application form and upload all supporting documentation
  • track the progress of your application, including saving it and coming back to it if you need to.

Note, to access the form you will be asked to register for our online system. To do this you need a RealMe login. If you do not currently have a RealMe login the registration process will guide you through setting one up.

Applications that are completed and submitted through our online system automatically get sent to the Board's Secretariat for processing.

Start a CoC application(external link)

If you are unable to apply using the online form, download the PDF form below.

Application for a New CoC-2023 (PDF 279 KB)

Once you have completed the PDF form, email printed copies of your application form and supporting documentation to the Board's Secretariat or post to:

New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners
PO Box 165
Wellington 6140.

Note – the fastest way to apply for your CoC is online. Paper applications may take longer as they need extra processing.

Our application process map provides you with an overview of what is required at each stage of this CoC.

CoC application process map (PDF 40 KB)


You must provide a certified copy of the following documents. This means they must be certified by an authorised person such as a Justice of the Peace, Court Registrar, lawyer, or notary public to confirm that they are a true copy of the original document.


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. New Zealand or overseas passport.
  3. New Zealand firearms licence.
  4. Certificate of identity.
  5. New Zealand Police or New Zealand Defence Force photo identity card issued to non-civilian staff.
  6. Refugee travel document used by or on behalf of the government of New Zealand.

 Fit and proper person 

To apply for a CoC, you are required to provide evidence that you are a fit and proper person. The Board 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 (included in the online system or 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 Board even if there are no convictions listed.
    • The date on your criminal record check must not be more than 3 months old when we receive your application.
  • If you have lived overseas for a period of 12 months or more within the 5 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.

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.

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 first-class mine manager CoC and should be showing on your Record of Achievement: 

Unit standards



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


Inspect and report on safety and operations at an extractive site


Design and maintain effective ventilation systems for an underground coal mine


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


Prepare a safety inspection plan for extractive operations


Demonstrate knowledge of construction and maintenance of working surfaces at an extractive site


Evaluate ground conditions and support methods for maintaining stability in underground operations


Demonstrate knowledge of the geotechnical requirements for ground stability at surface extraction sites


Demonstrate knowledge of geology at surface extraction sites


Demonstrate knowledge of geology and geotechnical features and failures for surface extraction


Demonstrate knowledge of geology for underground extraction


Conduct an incident investigation at an extractive site


Use mathematics to solve problems in an extractive industries workplace


Explain and determine water flow, and describe the selection of pumps and structures for an extractive site


Demonstrate knowledge of explosives and their properties


Demonstrate knowledge of survey principles and apply to an extraction site


Read and interpret extractive site plans


Undertake job safety analysis


Demonstrate knowledge of planning rehabilitation operations for an extractive site


Demonstrate and apply knowledge of storing explosives for use


Demonstrate knowledge of the management and use of water at an extractive site


Demonstrate knowledge of planning and managing extraction to minimise environmental impacts


Describe, install, and reassess support systems for an underground operation


Test for gases, interpret findings, and demonstrate knowledge of follow-up actions in an underground coal mine


Evaluate plans to manage old workings and inundations at extractive sites


Maintain and install services for an underground operation


Demonstrate knowledge of pneumatic and hydraulic power systems used in extractive operations


Demonstrate knowledge of and follow safe working practices at an extractive site


Analyse Human Factors present in workplace practices at an extractive site


Develop standard operating procedures for an extractive site


Carry out the risk management process at an extractive site


Demonstrate operational knowledge of New Zealand’s Coordinated Incident Management System


Apply operational knowledge of New Zealand’s Coordinated Incident Management System


Demonstrate knowledge of extraction methods, and selection of plant and equipment for surface extraction


Demonstrate knowledge of mining methods, and analyse and select plant for metalliferous underground extraction


Demonstrate knowledge of the Underground Mines Emergency Protocol


Demonstrate knowledge of conveyors, and crushing and screening plant for extractive industries


Demonstrate basic knowledge of New Zealand’s Coordinated Incident Management System


Explain hazards and controls associated with stockpiling and tip heads at extractive sites

First aid unit standards  


Manage first aid in an emergency situation


Provide first aid


Provide basic life support

For information on unit standards for all CoCs, please see below.  

Extractives CoC Unit Standards 18 July 2023 (PDF 381 KB)

Certificate of competence experience logbook

Provide a completed Certificate of competence experience logbook where you record your practical experience that is required for this CoC.

Extractives CoC Experience Logbook (PDF 275 KB)


This section should show the following experience:

  1. At least 3 years’ work experience in the underground workings of a mining operation or tunnelling operation (including any period served in the course of study), including at least:

    • 2 years in a mining operation.


This section should show the following experience:

At least 9 months of the applicant’s experience must be carrying out 3 or more of the following types of work at a mining operation or tunnelling operation:

  1. development operations (excluding operating tunnel boring machines)
  2. extraction operations
  3. installation of ground support
  4. filling operations
  5. shaft sinking
  6. installation and maintenance of services.

Before sending in your Certificate of competence experience logbook, check that you have: 

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

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

You will be invited to attend an oral examination once your experience logbook has been approved by the Board.

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 may 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 3 months and your 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 examination, you will receive an email outlining the date and time of your online examination. Scheduling of oral examinations is based on availability of suitable panel members and the number of applicants applying for similar CoCs. Your oral examination could take place up to a few months after the Board has received your complete application and you should allow approximately 1 hour for the examination.

An oral examination panel consists of 3 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 Board’s processes and procedures are followed. In some instances, such as moderation, the Board wishes for observers to be present during an oral examination. If this is the case, you will be asked for permission prior to your examination.

The panel will assess you against the benchmarks set out in the High level framework for oral exam requirements.

High level framework for oral examination requirements (PDF 128 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 4 competencies:

  1. Operating and safety systems.
  2. Legislation.
  3. Emergency management.
  4. Leadership.

Each competency has a range of topics that can be found on page 3 in the High level framework for oral examination requirements.

For more information, see our oral examination policies.

It can take up to 2-3 weeks after your oral examination for a response from the Board on the outcome of your overall application.

If the Board finds you competent and grants you with a first-class mine manager CoC, a letter of confirmation will be sent, along with your certificate and information on continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

If the Board finds you not yet competent and refuses your application for your first-class mine manager CoC, you will receive a letter including the report from your oral examination. This will assist you to prepare, should you wish to reapply.

You can reapply at any time.

Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about CoCs or anything else relating to the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners, please contact our Board Secretariat team, who are happy to help:

Email: BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz