What is the Board of Examiners?

On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.demirs.wa.gov.au/whs

All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website


The Board of Examiners is established under section 48 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.


Board members comprise representatives of the mining profession from both industry and academia.


Executive Officer to the Board of Examiners
Phone: (08) 9358 8001 (select option 6 - you can make your selection at anytime)
Fax: (08) 9358 8000
Email: boe@dmirs.wa.gov.au


The Board of Examiners carries out these duties:

  • examines, in accordance with the regulations the qualifications, experience and character of applicants for certificates of competency and issue such certificates where appropriate
  • receives, considers and inquires into complaints concerning holders of certificates of competency and to suspend or cancel such certificate where appropriate
  • performs such other functions as may be conferred in the regulations

Assessment process

The Board of Examiners assesses applications for certificates of competency after candidates have completed and passed an examination determined by the Board.

Certificates of competency assessed by the Board of Examiners include:

  • first class mine manager
  • quarry manager
  • restricted quarry manager
  • underground supervisor
  • winding engine driver.


When is the next exam? Refer to Examinations schedule below for locations and dates.

Refer to What are certificates and certificates of competency and who needs one? to access the application forms and past exam papers

Mutual recognition

If you have an interstate or New Zealand qualification for any of these occupations, you may qualify for mutual recognition.

Refer to Applying for mutual recognition for more information.