In the wake of the Pike River tragedy, the Government has introduced a new health and safety regime for all workplaces, not least the mining and quarry sector.
Any mine or quarry has to be operated by someone with a Certificate of Competence - a CoC. There are A and B grade CoCs. There are new requirements to update CoCs and to take part in Continuing Professional Development, CPD. Read the guidelines here.
MinEx works with organisations including MITO who is the training organisation for our sector.
These organisations can arrange training for everything from entry level positions through to operations, supervision and management.
You can find out more about mining and quarry qualifications through MITO.
Following WorkSafe’s Proposed requirements for granting Extractives Certificates of Competence (CoC) document in August 2017, and significant numbers of industry submissions on it, MinEx have established an Extractives Industry Training Advisory Group (EITAG) to:
Members have been appointed to the group on the basis of their knowledge, experience and ability. Members mandate is to bring to the group that knowledge and experience, and to apply those attributes to benefit of the extractives sector.
The group as of February 2018 is comprised of:
Other members will be invited/encouraged to attend, as deemed necessary. WorkSafe and E tū will remain in the communication loop.
If you would like support, tips or a helping hand to get your CoC, you might like a mentor.
MinEx has mentors all over New Zealand who hold current CoC qualifications, just itching to help people like you succeed.
It's a no brainer that training is the way to make sure you and your workmates or staff go home safe every day. That's why MinEx regulary publishes the Train Brain - our email newsletter to keep you informed of all the latest training opportunities around the country.
With the new safety legislation now in place, training has got more demanding. Until recently, renewing your CoC was a once every 5 year cakewalk. Now, new competencies are demanded and you must keep up to date with your Continuing Professional Development.
Other tips for improving your chance of passing incude:
Having a clear qualification pathway, starting with an apprenticeship, helps make the mining and quarrying industry a more attractive career option for new entrants to the industry, including school-leavers.
MinEx, in conjunction with MITO, have brought together an exciting opportunity for those who want to take up an apprenticeship in the Extractives sector. Learn more here.