Mentoring Service for NSW Open Cut Examiners (OCE) exams

Jeff Hanlon is a trainer in the mining and resources sector

Forsythes Training has launched a new mentoring service for mining employees who are undertaking the NSW Open Cut Examiners (OCE) written or oral examinations.

The face-to-face group mentoring can be held at a mine’s workplace and customised to meet participants needs.

The program is being run by Forsythes Training’s, newly appointed, accredited mining trainer, Jeff Hanlon.

Mr Hanlon said the OCE exams are difficult and have high failure rates. He said it is expensive to re-sit examinations.

“Many people doing the OCE exams have not studied for these types of exams for some time or at all,” Mr Hanlon said.

“They are not used to doing, closed book, written exams in short time periods nor doing oral exams,” he said.

He said the mentoring service will help those seeking accreditation to understand the exam process and learn effective study methods and exam techniques.

The sessions will include reviews of recent exam papers as well as reviews of legislation and recent mining incidents.

CEO Chad White said Mr Hanlon is highly experienced and qualified to help participants to pass the exams with flying colours.

“Jeff knows everything there is to know about mining and the OCE examinations,” Mr White said.

“He’s done the exam himself, has successfully mentored others, and has served on the examinations panel,” he said.

He said group mentoring is cost effective and helps participants to learn from the mentor and from each other.

Mr Hanlon has a NSW Open Cut Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency and a NSW Open Cut Examiner’s Certificate of Competency. He has more than 35 years’ experience as an engineer and manager in the mining and quarrying industries. That experience includes working as a Mine Supervisor and a Mine Manager with Australia’s leading mining companies.

The NSW OCE examinations are essential for people wanting to work as an Open Cut Examiner (OCE), a Mine Supervisor, or a Mine Manager. An OCE is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment by applying the safety and health management system in and around work areas of surface excavation, including monitoring the quantity and quality of output, supervising others, and applying solutions to non-routine problems.

In NSW, people need to complete a Bachelor of Mining Engineering or Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner) before they can take the accreditation examinations.

Forsythes Training provides a range of nationally recognised, mining and resources qualifications, as well as other courses, programs, and training plans for the mining and resources sector. To make a booking for OCE exam mentoring call 4922 0122 or email

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