A safe working environment can only be achieved if people are properly trained and qualified


MinEx works to support the provision of good quality training. It has established a Training Advisory Group to ensure that training for mining and quarry operators fit the needs of the industry.

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.

MITO provides on the job training and career pathways through their NZQA approved qualifications. 

Training is delivered by a range of providers in various locations around NZ and can be arranged through MITO, Tai Poutini, Mines Rescue and ACT Safety.

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.


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.

If you would like to be mentored, or to mentor others please contact Wayne on 021 944 336, wayne@minex.org.nz



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.

You can subscribe to the Train Brain, or check out the current courses on offer in the latest issue.


Other tips for improving your chance of passing incude:

  • Catch the latest edition of Train Brain, where you will find a range of courses to help you through your CoC
  • The oral exam is about how well you can apply what you know in an operation – it’s about what you would do or how you would handle a situation. Check out these tips on oral exams
  • Talk to others who have passed their CoC. Find out what to expect in the oral exam.


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:

  •  Assist the BOE in implementation of agreed changes to CoCs
  • Provide leadership in moving to a qualification based CoC system
  • Work with training providers to establish better ways of delivering training and site based assessments
  • Provide a forum within which an informed discussion could be run between trainers, trainees, companies, regulators and policy
  • Review assessor registration applications and provide advice on suitability to MITO.


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:

  • Wayne Scott (MinEx)
  • Amanda Burke (Quarrying)
  • Michael Alsford (MITO)
  • Geoff Guthrie (Metalliferous)
  • Fiona Bartier (Coal)
  • Iain Simmons (Tunnelling)


Other members will be invited/encouraged to attend, as deemed necessary. WorkSafe and E tū will remain in the communication loop.