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A national certification system for our quarry managers

IQA President John Mitas discusses the importance of the association's Quarry Manager Certification System.

I have been attending the Victorian Student Presentation Night (LINK HERE) for a number of years now. It is always a pleasure and an honour to participate with the presentation of the Diplomas and Certificates for our graduates, who are the future quarry managers and leaders of our industry.

The Victorian branch of the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) put on another successful dinner night to celebrate the achievements of all the graduates.

The graduates were each presented with a free membership of the IQA for 12 months.

Reflecting back to when I graduated several decades ago, this was the first step in the path to gaining a Quarry Manager’s Certificate from the Quarry Managers Board (QMB) set up by the Victorian Government. It was a daunting task for all the applicants to be interviewed by the QMB and to be issued with the Quarry Manager’s Certificate. There was no requirement to demonstrate ongoing professional development in those days.

A number of years later, I was appointed the chairman of the QMB until the legislation was amended to no longer require the certification of quarry managers in Victoria. During my term as chairman, the QMB aligned the qualifications required with the National

Competency Standards, and introduced mentoring for those applicants that the QMB considered required assistance in certain areas.

The IQA’s national Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) provides a pathway for our current graduates and practitioners in the quarry industry to be accredited and to continue to develop knowledge and skills during their career.

The QMCS in conjunction with the Certified Practitioner Board, provides:

  • An independent certification system, administered with integrity and transparency. It demonstrates a path to certification of quarry supervisors and quarry managers based on comprehensive experience, qualifications, ongoing professional development and continuing practice.
  • Resources to assist quarry practitioners to develop knowledge and skills in a supportive work environment to attain certification under the QMCS.
  • Benchmarks for employers to encourage their staff to seek and maintain certification under the QMCS through the development of skills, training and experience.

In all, the QMCS provides a more streamlined and collegial process for graduates to attain their certification without the pressure and anxiety (as happened in the old days) of having to front state boards throughout different parts of Australia. It also means that quarry practitioners are developing ongoing skills and knowledge through all stages of their careers. This is not only important for productivity but also vital to improving and promoting best practice in the extractive industry.

John Mitas
Managing Director • John Mitas Consulting

John Mitas is the immediate Past President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia, and a regular contributor to Quarry. He is an inaugural member of the IQA's Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) board. To email John, click here.
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