Dates to remember

Friday, September 28, 2018: Deadline for submission of applications to write exam
November 14 and 15, 2018: Next round of certification exams
Exam location: Edmonton, Alberta

New legal documents required

Effective May 1, 2018, Alberta Labour requires all applicants applying for non-mining blaster’s permits, mining blaster’s certificates or renewing their previously issued permits/certificates to submit either an approval letter issued by Natural Resources Canada or an equivalent document as per Federal Explosives Regulations 2013, along with their applications.

These changes have been made in order to harmonize the province of Alberta’s practices with those of other Canadian jurisdictions.

176 (1) An individual who applies for a licence, permit or certificate or for the renewal of one must include with their application proof that they have an approval letter or equivalent document.

  • An approval letter is issued by Chief Inspector of Explosives, Natural Resources Canada.
  • The equivalent documents are:
    1. a permis général issued under Quebec’s An Act Respecting Explosives, as amended from time to time
    2. a FAST card (free and secure trade card) issued by the Canada Border Services Agency
    3. a NEXUS card issued by the Canada Border Services Agency, or
    4. a Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) issued under the Firearms Act.
  • More information on requirements.
  • For information on applying for an approval letter.

Types of mining certification

Workers can seek to be certified in 5 explosive-related areas, with the required work experience as follows:

Surface Mine Blaster (PDF, 341 KB)
Underground Mine Blaster (PDF, 420 KB)
Underground Coal Mine Manager (PDF, 343 KB)
Underground Coal Mine Foreman (PDF, 343 KB)
Underground Coal Mine Electrical Superintendent  (PDF, 419 KB)

A Director of Inspection may grant:

Provisional certificates

Eligible workers may get a provisional certificate that is valid for up to 18 months, and only at the mine specified on the certificate.

Equivalency certificates

  • Alberta recognizes equivalent, valid certificates from other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Certified applicants from other provinces must apply for equivalent certification in Alberta.

Eligibility

To obtain a government-issued mining certificate, you must:

  • meet the work experience requirements
  • hold a valid Standard First Aid Certificate
  • have no safety OHS violations attached to your personnel record
  • pass a mining exam

How to apply

Step 1. Check dates

Check 'Dates to remember' above for application deadlines and exam dates.

Step 2. Apply for certification exam

Get an examination package. You can either:

  1. Download and print the Application for Certification Examinations form (PDF, 183 KB)
    OR
  2. Contact:

    Phone: 780-422-5948
    Fax: 780-427-0999
    E-mail: ohs.mining@gov.ab.ca

    Address:
    Alberta Labour
    Occupational Health and Safety, Mining Unit
    J.G. O'Donoghue Building
    Main Floor, 7000 113 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

Fill out form by hand

Remember to:

  • indicate the type of certification required
  • sign the declaration
  • attach all supporting documents, including a valid First Aid Certificate and resume
  • include application fee or provide email address for online payment
  • note that incomplete forms will be returned

Submit completed form

You can submit your application - along with supporting documents - in person or by mail:

Alberta Labour
Occupational Health and Safety, Mining Unit
J.G. O'Donoghue Building
Main Floor, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

You can fax or email:
Fax: 780-427-0999
Email: ohs.mining@gov.ab.ca

Step 3. Receive letter of authority

  • if your application is accepted, a Letter of Authority will be sent to your personal address as entered on the application form
  • this letter will state the date, time and location of your mining certification exam
  • you'll be asked to present this letter at your exam

Step 4. Prepare for the exam

Before writing the exam, candidates need to read:

Step 5. Write the exam

  • on the date of your exam, go to the location stated on the Letter of Authority
  • bring your Letter of Authority and photo ID
  • plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam starts
  • review the Conduct at an Examination document provided by the presiding examiner

Step 6. After the exam

  • your exam will be reviewed
  • the pass mark for each paper is 70%
  • the Director of Inspection for Mines will send a letter to your personal address (as entered on the application form) notifying you of the results about 30 days after the exam
  • if your exam results qualify, your mining certificate will be included in the letter
  • you must post your original, valid mining certificate at your work site while a mining operation is in progress

Fee schedule

Payment method:

  • Fees can be paid by credit card, personal cheque or money order.

Fee 1: Application processing fee – $50

  • Applicants must pay a standard processing fee to apply for any examination.

Fee 2:  Paper fee

  • In addition to the application processing fee of $50, accepted candidates must pay the following fees before they take their exam:

Certification

Paper
Fee
1

Paper
Fee
2

Paper
Fee
3

Paper
Fee
4

Paper
Fee
5

Paper
Fee
6

Underground Mine Manager

Legislation
$100

Gases, Shot Firing & Explosives
$150

Ventilation: Theory & Practice
$150

Practical
$150

Machinery
$150

Surveying, Leveling & Geology
$150

Underground Mine Foreman

Legislation
$100

Practical
$150

       

Underground Mine Electrical Superintendent

Legislation
& Practical
$200

         

Underground / Surface Mine Blaster

Legislation
& Practical
$100

         

Contact

Phone: 780-422-5948
Fax: 780-427-0999
Email: ohs.mining@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Labour
Occupational Health and Safety, Mining Unit
J.G. O'Donoghue Building
Main Floor, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6