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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Mines Rescue with strands in Surface, and Underground (with optional strand in Supervision)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 105
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Process and Resources Engineering » Mining and Resources Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the mining industry with people who have the knowledge, skills and experience to undertake responsibilities in mines rescue operations as a mines rescue team member.

This qualification is targeted at skilled and experienced miners/operators, typically with at least two years' of relevant industry experience or similar relevant skills. Learners will typically be employed within a surface or underground mining workplace, and will have previously completed the proficiency or induction training required to be a mines rescue trainee team member.

Learners will benefit by having a qualification which recognises skills and knowledge in emergency preparedness and mines rescue to enable improved job performance and a credential to enhance employment opportunities.

Organisations will benefit by having people with the skills and knowledge to undertake planning, emergency preparedness and mines rescue operations in the event of an emergency.

Graduates will operate under broad guidance within the structured hierarchy of mines rescue activities.
The strands recognise the specialist skills and knowledge required to operate as a mines rescue team member in either the surface or underground sectors of the mining industry. Underground mining can include mining or tunnelling.

The optional strand includes the supervision of a mines rescue team
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Contribute to pre-emergency risk assessment and undertake dynamic risk assessment during an emergency situation in a mine to ensure personal and team safety.
- Contribute to a work team in the mines rescue environment.
- Carry out emergency preparedness and response tasks related to mines rescue.
- Apply advanced first aid and prepare a patient for transportation using extrication devices according to current pre-hospital emergency care practices.

Graduates of the Surface strand will also be able to:
- Maintain and operate specialist equipment and atmospheric testing devices for surface mines rescue to ensure personal and team safety, at a surface mining site.

Graduates of the Underground strand will also be able to:
- Maintain and operate specialist equipment for underground mines rescue, at an underground mining site.
- Test gases and interpret atmospheric monitoring results specific to underground mines rescue operations to ensure personal and team safety.

Graduates of the Supervision strand will also be able to:
- Supervise a mines rescue team undertaking planning, emergency preparedness and mines rescue operations in the event of an emergency in a mine.
Education pathways
This qualification may follow on from the New Zealand Certificate in Surface Mining and Quarrying (Level 3) [Ref: 2785] or the New Zealand Certificate in Underground Mining (Level 3) [Ref: 2786].

It may lead to the:
-New Zealand Certificate in Mining and Quarrying (First-line Supervision) (Level 4) with strands in Surface and Underground [Ref: 2783]
-New Zealand Diploma in Mining and Quarrying (Supervision) (Level 5) with strands in Surface and Underground [Ref: 2787]
-New Zealand Diploma in Mining and Quarrying (Management) (Level 6) [Ref: 2788].
Entry Requirements
Candidates entering programmes leading towards this qualification must have previously met the minimum competency requirements for mine workers in accordance with the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013.
Education Organisation No organisations currently offer this qualification.
Developed By MITO New Zealand Incorporated
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2784
Status Current
Created 2015-09-02 12:14:18.0
Next Review 2020-12-31 00:00:00.0
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