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CoC oral exam dates and explanation

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The Mining Board of Examiners has dates for the first half of this year for the Certificate of Competence (CoC) oral examinations.

All CoC applicants must sit an oral exam once they have completed all the other requirements.

Oral exam dates are: February 16-18, for quarrying; March 8-10 for tunnelling and mining; May 3-5 for site senior executives; May 17-19 for mechanical and electrical; and June 14-16 for quarrying.

Applications (with payment) must be completed at least eight weeks prior to the scheduled date and involve getting a criminal history check.

Once applicants have completed the final courses and their unit standards have been registered on the NZQA framework, they then apply for their Record of Achievement.

Applicants will get a letter from the board about three to six weeks before the exam advising of where the oral exam will be held and the time of the exam. They will need to take proof of identification, such as driver’s licence or passport.

If they cannot attend the exam, or know one of the panel members, the letter will explain who to advise as soon as possible and another date will be set.

How it works

The oral exam conducted by a panel of examiners is to assess that the applicant has the ability to safely carry out the role associated with the CoC they are applying for, by applying the skills and knowledge from the relevant unit standards within a workplace situation.

The exam is designed to test their ability to apply the knowledge they have learnt during their studies and on-the-job; and check whether they understand what they have learnt, and can apply it in practical day-to-day operations.

Examiners will assess the applicant’s ability to appropriately respond to workplace-based scenarios. This will be followed up with questions such as: knowledge of operating and safety systems; legislation and its practical application; knowledge of emergency management planning and procedures; and leadership – the ‘people’ side of things. They will be expected to describe (knowledge, facts, formula); apply (comprehend, put into practice); interpret (analyse, process); and evaluate (appraise, judge).

Oral exams will typically last up to two hours. The panel will usually have three members, including the chair of the panel. Panel members will have extensive, preferably current applied industry experience, hold a relevant CoC and/or a relevant qualification and have good understanding of workplace health and safety legislation, codes and guidelines within the New Zealand industry.

A member of the board’s secretariat will be at the exam to take notes.

At the end of the oral exam, the panel will not give any indication about whether the applicant has passed. That decision will usually take about four weeks. If it is going to take more than six weeks they will be contacted by the board’s secretariat. Applicants should only contact the board secretariat after six weeks, if they have not received any information or results.

CoC results will be notified only by letter, and are not provided in person, over the phone or electronically.

Applicants are judged ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ – in which case the board will give detail the basis for its decision and provide feedback on the areas needed to be improved.

An oral exam can be attempted three times over two years. Over that number of failures, applicants are required to make a special case to the board as to why they should be able to apply again.

You can get more detailed information from: High level Framework for Panels of Examiners and Examination Requirements for Extractives CoCs by contacting the BoE Secretariat (BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz or 04 901 4980).

See sample scenarios for all CoCs at: http://tinyurl.com/zmtytoa

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