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 an Extractive Industry Training Advisory Group to ensure that training for mining, tunnelling and quarry operators fit the needs of the industry.

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 requirements to update CoCs and to take part in Continuing Professional Development, CPD. See our Certificates of Competency page for more information.

MinEx works with organisations including MITO, a division of Te Pūkenga, and Hanga-aro-rau (Workforce Development Council) who support vocational education for our sector.

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.


In 2023, MinEx makes its sixth round of workshops in regional centres around New Zealand. This year, there is the one session per workshop in 2023 with 8 hours CPD. 

Each workshop gives a Health & Safety update and covers; Review of health & safety performance 2022, Learning from past incidents, Principal hazard management plans for quarries, Changing our mindset on fatal hazards and reporting, Diversity and respect in the workplace

Go to the Workshop/Podcasts tab for more information.



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 January 2023 is comprised of:

  • Wayne Scott (MinEx)
  • Joe Hunter, Mike Higgins, Tim Kennedy (Quarrying)
  • Geoff Guthrie (Metalliferous)
  • Fiona Bartier (Coal)
  • Grant Myocevich (Tunnelling)



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@aqa.org.nz


Other tips for improving your chance of passing include:

  • Catch the latest edition of Train Brain, where you will find a range of courses to help you thorough 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.


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.

Under current safety legislation, training has got more demanding 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.


Having a clear qualification pathway, starting with an apprenticeship, helps make the mining and quarrying industry a more attractive career option for new entrants to the industry, including school-leavers.


MinEx, in conjunction with MITO (a division of Te Pūkenga), have brought together an exciting opportunity for those who want to take up an apprenticeship in the Extractives sector. 


 Learn more here.