Underground Mining

National Certificate: Mining Operations Underground Hard Rock – NQF Level 2 (58739)

This qualification will provide qualifying learners with the necessary knowledge, understanding and competence to work as a first line Team Leader in underground hardrock mines.

The Team Leader plays a critical role in the mining industry. Mining activities are often conducted under hazardous and difficult conditions, which have to be managed appropriately in order to preserve the lives of those working in the industry, and ensure operational efficiency.


National Certificate: Mining Operations Underground Hard Rock – NQF Level 3 (58760)

The National Certificate Rock Breaking Underground Hard Rock (NQF Level 3) is a statutory requirement in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations for persons conducting blasting operations to be deemed competent in an underground hard rock mine.

While the title ‘Rockbreaker’ implies activities directly related to blasting, additional competencies in mining operations and supervision, management and leadership are also required in order to direct and supervise the activities of first line Team Leaders/Operators


Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining Operations – NQF Level 4 (74490)

The Production Supervisor must adapt continually to changing physical conditions in his or her area of responsibility e.g. geology and blast damage. He/she is accountable for the occupational health and safety of the team, as well as for achieving production targets.

This requires a clear and thorough path of learning, from the basic aspects through to the more advanced aspects of Production, Occupational Health and Safety applicable at that particular level. The Production Supervisor has the accountability for the lives of his team and other support personnel. 


National Certificate: Mining Operations Underground Coal NQF – Level 3 (21812)

This qualification is aimed at people who work or intend to work within a coal-mining context and seek recognition for essential skills in coal mining operations.

The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that people are able to demonstrate the competencies required to work safely in an underground coalmine in general and effectively and safely in one of the Blasting, Continuous Mining or Long Wall specialisation areas


National Certificate: Rock Engineering: Strata Control Operations – NQF level 2 (59549)

The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills and practical ability to function as a Strata Control Observer within the mining environment. Strata Control Observers assist personnel engaged in mining operations to ensure the stability of mining excavations, thereby providing a safe and productive mining environment.

It is also intended to provide the basic building blocks upon which to build a further career in rock engineering. Attaining this qualification will improve the learner’s skills, thus increasing his potential employability.Info

National Certificate: Strata Control Operations – NQF Level 3 (60369)

It is intended to assist Strata Control Observers to further their career in rock engineering, as well as serve as the appropriate qualification for a learner to be appointed as a Junior Strata Control Officer. This Qualification has 4 specialisation streams for learners to follow, based on different mining environments which vary significantly in geological composition, geotechnical environment and extraction method.

Upon obtaining the qualification, the learner will be eligible for appointment as a Junior Strata Control Officer. As such, he/she will be responsible for strata control-related issues for a small shaft or mine, or a section of a larger mine, either alone or with the assistance of one or more Strata Control Observers whom he/she will be expected to supervise.


Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations NQF Level 4 (62796)

This Level 4 qualification rounds off the basic foundation of theoretical knowledge, technical skills and practical ability applicable to the discipline of strata control and rock engineering provided by the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. The Level 4 qualification completes the learner’s education regarding the recognition and investigation of strata control-related issues and moves into the areas of interpreting and assessing rock mass behaviour and response. Info