Recognition of certificates of competence (COCs) between Australia and New Zealand.

TTMRA provides mutual recognition between New Zealand and Australia of equivalent occupations. This means a person who is registered, certified or authorised to practise an occupation in Australia, is entitled to practise an equivalent occupation in New Zealand after notifying the local registration authority. For CoCs, this is the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (the Board). For more information please refer to the TTMRA users' guide(external link).

If you hold an Australian registration/certificate/authorisation, you can apply to the Board for a New Zealand CoC under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

Those granted a CoC under the TTMRA are not required to demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand’s health and safety legislation as it applies to the extractives industry.

The Board expects that employers will ensure that applicants who are granted a TTMRA CoC have studied either:

  1. unit standard 7142: Demonstrate knowledge of the application of regulatory requirements to manage an extractive site; or
  2. unit standard 28742: Explain legislation related to health and safety, and supporting documents, applicable to an extractive site.

Study for either of these unit standards counts towards continuing professional development (CPD).

Holders of CoCs under the TTMRA are required to undertake CPD to keep their New Zealand CoC current.

To find out more, see our information about CPD and your requirements.

What you need to know

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

  • complete the application form, which includes a statutory declaration
  • provide a certified copy of your identification
  • provide a certified copy of your Australian equivalent authorisation documentation.


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.

Note, if you are paying using $AUD there may be bank charges, so you will need to adjust the payment amount accordingly.

How to apply

To apply for a CoC under the TTMRA, 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. It does not matter 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 Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (PDF 124 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.


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.

  • Identification (see below).
  • Australian equivalent CoC or authorisation documentation.
  • Statutory declaration (Appendix 1 of the application form).


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 or Australian driver’s licence.
  2. New Zealand or overseas passport.
  3. New Zealand or Australian firearms licence.
  4. Certificate of identity.
  5. New Zealand Police or New Zealand Defence Force photo identity card issued to non-civilian staff.

Australian equivalent CoC

Provide a certified copy of your equivalent Australian CoC or authorisation documentation. Note, this CoC or documentation must be current (unexpired).

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.

For more information, see our Incomplete applications policy [PDF, 47 KB].

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