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Updated guide: Maintenance of competence scheme

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Maintaining competence in a range of mining skills is key to maintaining a practising certificate

The Resources Regulator has updated the Guide to the maintenance of competence scheme for practising certificates that outlines the ongoing learning requirements to hold a practising certificate in the NSW mining industry. The scheme has been developed to keep the knowledge and skills up-to-date of workers that exercise specific statutory functions.

The maintenance of competence scheme applies as a condition on practising certificates issued by the Resources Regulator. If you hold a practising certificate you will be required to satisfy the condition to complete a required total amount of recognised learning in areas of competence over the five year period of your certificate.

The requirements for the maintenance of competence condition on the practising certificate are stated in a notice in the NSW gazette (refer Department website).

The requirements can be summarised as including:

• undertaking a specified number of hours of learning in competence areas over the five years, according to the type of practising certificate

• recording learning activities and renewing their practising certificate with the Resources Regulator every five years.

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The Resources Regulator will monitor and audit compliance by individuals with the scheme. Practising certificates are being launched in stages, by type of practising certificate from September 2017 over a 12 month period. If you currently hold a certificate of competence will need to apply for a practising certificate to exercise specific statutory functions. You will be invited to apply for your practising certificate at staged intervals over the launch period. Information on practising certificates, how to apply and an implementation timeline is available on the Resources Regulator’s website. You should plan to apply well in advance to allow for processing of your application and to receive it prior to being required to practise in a statutory function.

If you currently hold a certificate of competence, you will need to apply for a practising certificate to exercise specific statutory functions. Practising certificates are being launched in stages, by type of practising certificate. To learn more about the maintenance if competence scheme and practising certificates visit their website.

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