Industry speaks: essential credentials for mining jobs

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If ‘How do I break into mining?’ is the most frequent question we hear, the second most common query we get is about tickets, licenses and certificates.

Many people trying to break into the Australian resource industry are investing money into obtaining credentials without being sure if it’s a good way to spend their money.

We asked industry employers what they would recommend we tell jobseekers who wonder what investment helps their employment chances and which don’t.

Now we know two things for sure.

It depends

There are as many answers to our question as there are jobs.

Julianne van Kessel, People & Culture Senior Advisor at OZ Minerals, said it best, “This all depends on the job!!”

While everyone wants to know whether they’re wasting their money by getting certain tickets, we understand Julianne’s point.

It all depends on the job at hand, the type of mine, the employer, the location and a multitude of other circumstances no one can predict well enough to include as solid advice in a blog post.

Jocelyn Milbank, Human Resources Manager – Resourcing & Workforce Planning at Boart Longyear, reassured us that workers are not penalised for having tickets or licenses but if you’re applying for a trade role, you should have your certificates to prove you’re qualified.

Show stoppers

Regardless of the role, if you want a job in mining or are going for an offshore job, you’ll likely have to qualify for two certificates:

  • Pre-Employment Medical – Before you start on a job, you’ll be required to pass a two-part test. Each medical consists of a written exam and a physical assessment. The requirements for the test differ from employer to employer – and even from job to job – but you must be fit for work if you expect to get a job in the resources industry. For more information, check out our article about the Pre-Employment Medical in the Careers and Industry Guide.
  • National Police Clearance – While not every role will require a national police clearance, having one in your possession is always good to have and could put you above other candidates who haven’t provided one. For some roles, it’s an essential part of the candidate vetting process. Ms. Milbank advises, “The show stopper is the police clearance for drilling roles.”

    A national police check can take 15 days or more to complete. The fee for individuals is $45. For more information, visit the National Police Checks page on the Australian Federal Police website.

Now the good news

Once you have your trade certificates, most employers pay for pre-site training and induction tickets including working at heights, coal board, MARCSTA, defensive driving, etc.

The pre-employment medical is usually done by the employer, as well.

Each site has different requirements and employers want a very current assessment.

What this means for the job seeker

Collecting a bunch of tickets, licenses and certificates in the hopes of improving your chances of getting a job in the resource industry may not be the best way to spend your money.

By all means, invest in getting your trade certificates before you start applying for jobs.

It’s also a good idea to get a national police clearance.

Employers expect to pay for any specific site training and may ask you to undergo the training even if you’ve been certified previously.

Instead of collecting expensive tickets that may or may not be of value, a jobseeker may be better off investing in a professional resume writing service or get some coaching on how to interview.

Familiarise yourself with industry requirements by visiting the Licenses, Tickets & Certifications pages on the Careers and Industry Guide.

We have databases for Mining & Metals and Oil, Gas & Energy careers.

Have you invested in tickets, licences and/or certificates in the hopes of getting a job?

  • If you’re interested in working in the Australian resource industry, make sure to register for our Jobs Expo being held in Perth, 25-26 May. You can ask each employer exhibiting exactly what their requirements are for tickets and certificates.
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog. We’re publishing new information every day about employment in the Australian resource industry.
  • Lastly, if you’re looking for a job in mining, energy or oil and gas, make sure you visit our industry jobs board where we only advertise real jobs by real employers.

This post originally featured on the Mining Oil and Gas Jobs blog. Earlier this year Australian Mining named Mining Oil and Gas Jobs as one of the best sources of information for workers looking to get a start in the mining industry.

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