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Application forms and documents

Attached is the relevant information and criteria requirements for persons seeking to obtain an underground mine or quarry manager's certificate in South Australia, including:

Application form

Information for second class quarry manager certificates


To purchase the Handbook on Quarrying for $35 contact Customer Services 8463 3000 or email

Mutual recognition of certificates

Persons holding valid interstate or New Zealand mine or manager's certificates may be able to apply to have their certificate recognised in South Australia.

Requirements and application form for mutual recognition of certificates

Applications for underground mine or quarry manager's certificates of competency in South Australia

The Chief Inspector of Mines from the Department of for Energy and Mining (DEM) has the responsibility for assessing applications for underground mine and quarry manager's certificates, under the provisions of the Mines and Works Inspection Regulations 2013.

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Experience requirements

All applicants require a minimum 3 (three) years relevant underground (for underground mines) or quarrying (for above ground quarries) experience to apply for a certificate, with at least 1 (one) years worth of relevant 'hands on' experience out of the total three (3) years required. An applicant must also be at least 25 years of age.  Evidence of supervisory experience is also required.

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First Class underground mine manager certificates and First Class quarry manager's certificates

Any mining or quarrying operation that employs 20 or more persons will require a Manager to hold a First Class certificate. A degree or diploma in mining engineering or equivalent is required for First Class certificates (refer to the Regulations and Guidelines). A mining law examination is also required to be passed.

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Second Class underground mine manager certificates and Second Class quarry manager's certificates

Applicants who do not have the relevant degree or diploma may be eligible to apply for a second class certificate which will only allow for the management of operations where up to 19 persons are employed (refer to the Regulations and Guidelines).

There are four examinations required to be passed to obtain a second class quarry manager’s certificate (Quarrying, Explosives, Quarry Machinery and Mathematics). For information regarding the content of these examinations please refer to Appendix 1 below. There is also a Handbook on Quarrying available to purchase that may be of assistance (see below for information).

A mining law examination is also required to be passed after the four examinations above have been successfully passed.

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Restricted certificates

There is provision for restricted certificates, however a covering letter from your employer explaining why a restriction is sought will be required. A mining law examination is also required to be passed.  Restrictions will usually be to a particular mine or quarry or a particular type of mine of quarry.

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Submission and assessment of applications

Applicants who apply for a certificate must ensure that all required information is included in the application as per the Application Checklist.   Applications that do not meet the requirement and have not been submitted as per the checklist will not be assessed.

Once an application has been assessed by the Chief Inspector of Mines, you will be advised in writing of the outcome as to whether your application has been approved or not and/or if further information or clarification is required.  Please allow 4 to 8 weeks.  If an application is approved, the next stage is to pass a mining law examination. You will be provided with some information and legislation for this examination.

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For more information, contact:

Linda Thompson
Mining Regulation

+ 61 8 8429 2439