All holders of certificates of competence (CoCs) must comply with continuing professional development (CPD) requirements. This is required by Regulation 43 of Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016.
Regulation 43 makes CPD mandatory for all holders who wish to renew their CoC. CPD requirements are detailed in the Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations – Prescribed Competency Requirements for Certificates of Competence) Safe Work Instrument 2023 (see below), which came into force on 18 July 2023. CoCs must be renewed every 5 years and decisions on renewal applications are made by the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (the Board). Regulation 44 (b) (i) states that an application for the renewal of a CoC must “be accompanied by evidence of the applicant’s compliance with the requirements of regulation 43.”
Continuing professional development requirements
On 1 February 2020, new CPD requirements were introduced. The CPD requirements are set out in the Safe Work Instrument below. This replaces CoC requirements for the extractives industry that were previously set by a notice in the New Zealand Gazette (dated 10 December 2019).
CPD Guidelines were developed at the same time (see below) and the Board encourages you to keep a copy of the guidelines with your CPD records for easy reference.
You are required to record your CPD in the Extractives Continuing Professional Development (CPD) logbook. This is available below in either a PDF or Excel version. You may wish to record CPD activities attended or completed before 1 February 2020 in the new CPD logbook as well.
The regulations require evidence to be provided for all CPD activities. The Board is aware there are circumstances where a CoC holder cannot provide the usual evidence required to demonstrate that they attended or completed a CPD activity. If a CoC holder is not able to provide full evidence for an activity, they may be able to use the alternative evidence form instead.