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NSW Maintenance of Competence Scheme – courses, workshops and training plans

The maintenance of competence scheme developed by the NSW Resources Regulator, in consultation with the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board.

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Area of Learning — NSW Maintenance of Competence Scheme – courses, workshops and training plans

Overview

The scheme is designed to keep the knowledge and skills up-to-date of individuals who hold a practising certificate to 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 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.

The Resources Regulator will monitor and audit compliance by individuals with the scheme.

The maintenance of competence scheme applies to all practising certificates issued by the Resources Regulator:

Maintenance of Current Competencies Things YOU NEED TO KNOW

Underground coal mines Total Hours
Mining engineering manager
Electrical engineering manager
Mechanical engineering manager
Undermanager
Deputy
Ventilation officer
Ventilation auditor
Dust explosion control measures auditor
120
120
120
90
60
90
90
90
Coal mines other than underground mines
Mining engineering manager
Open cut examiner
Electrical engineer
Mechanical engineer
120
60
90
90
Underground mines other than coal mines
Mining engineering manager
Underground mine supervisor
Electrical engineer
120
60
90
Mines other than underground mines or coal mines
Quarry manager
Electrical engineer
90
90

Area of Competence

There are five areas of competence that you must complete a specified number of hours of learning in each category.

1 Mining & WHS Systems 2 Legislation
3 Emergency managements
4 Leadership & management
5 General WHS topics
Minimum one-third total learning hours. Learning must cover four areas in the five years

  • Safety Management
  • Principal Hazards
  • Principal Control Plans
  • Specific Control Plans
Minimum one-third total learning hours. Learning must cover all three areas

  • Legislation
  • Emergency Management
  • Leadership & Management
Maximum one-third total learning hours

  • mandated topic for learning from mining disasters
  • topics from areas 1 to 4
  • Any WHS topic related to
    statutory function

It is compulsory that you:

  1. Complete topics relevant to the statutory functions you are practising in e.g. electrical engineering
  2. Complete learning in all four subjects for the ‘Mining and WHS Systems’ area of competence during the five year period.
  3. Complete a minimum of 8 hours of learning (one day course) on the mining disasters topic for the ‘General WHS’ area of competence during the five year period.

Learning Types

  • Formal learning: organised and structured learning with specific learning objectives. For example, seminars, training courses and studying for WHS mining related courses.
  • Non-formal learning: semi organised and structured learning of a more adhoc basis, usually without specific learning objectives. For example, reading, field trips and emergency exercises.
  • Informal learning: learning as a by-product of experience in participating or carrying out an activity. For example, participating in high level risk assessments (not everyday types), and participating in reviewing principal hazard management plans.

When you undertake your learning hours you cannot:

  • Complete more than one third of total learning hours in any one year
  • Have a break from learning for three or more years out of the five year renewal period
  • Carry-over excess learning hours above the total number required between renewal periods.

How Forsythes Training CAN HELP YOU

Forsythes Training Formal Learning per Area of Competence

There are five areas of competence that you must complete a specified number of hours of learning in each category.

1 Mining & WHS Systems 2 Legislation
3 Emergency managements
4 Leadership & management
5 General WHS topics

Safety Management System

  • RIIRIS301D
  • RIIRIS402
  • RIIRIS601D Establish and Maintain Risk Management System (G3)

Legislation

  • BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS302 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace

Emergency Management

  • RIIWHS301D Conduct Health & Safety Investigations
  • BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to Incidents

Leadership & Management

  • ANTS dedicated workshop
  • LEAD –same content public schedule
  • Newcastle
  • Operations workshop
  • Supervisor Program
  • Mentor/Coaching workshop
  • Mental Health – First Aid
  • Resilience
  • Workplace Mental Health & Stress Management
  • Emotional Intelligence

Example of Maintenance of competence logbook – Underground Engineering Manager

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