Statutory Coal Mine Ventilation Officers (Non Award) Course

At a glance 

  • Duration: 1 Year 
  • Units of Credit: 24 
  • Estimated Cost: From $17,040 – see further information 
  • Offered alternate years – next intake T1 2021 

About the Qualification 

This course was established by the (formerly named) School of Mining Engineering in 1998 at the request of the Chief Inspector of Mines. It offers an industry-required qualification without the need to enrol in an award program such as the Graduate Diploma of Mine Ventilation. The only qualification of its kind recognised in both New South Wales and Queensland, it provides competency-based education in key aspects of underground environmental engineering. 

Typical Program Structure 

 The course content has been developed from standard texts, industry guidelines and case studies. These are delivered from a theoretical and operational perspective with the aim of being immediately relevant to industry. The delivery format is flexible and offers a mix of online and face-to-face teaching methods. The course comprises face-to-face tutorial sessions including: 

  • Introduction: a one-week overview of the course, summary of each module and explanation of coursework and examination requirements. Module 1 - Ventilation and Mine Services will be covered in detail to ensure candidates have the underpinning knowledge and competencies for the rest of the course. Although this is an introductory session it is strongly recommended that students attend. 
  • Tutorials: two one-week tutorials covering use of ventilation network simulation software together with laboratory and underground practical aspects of the course will be provided. These will also be used for revision and to monitor your progress. 
  • Tutorial and examination session: two to three days. There is a formal theory examination, ventilation practices examination and underground practical assessment. 

It is a compulsory requirement of the course that you attend a practical session and an exam session that will be held in addition to the three one-week blocks. The location and timing are subject to numbers and location of students. Courses may, for example, be offered at more than one location. 


It’s assumed that you will have sufficient underground experience to understand mining terminology and appreciate operational issues associated with course content. A reasonable ability in maths and use of spreadsheets is required. Computer and internet access is essential and you’ll need laptop computing facilities at tutorial sessions. 

Required Courses 


Students who successfully complete this course (average grade of 70%, no fails) may be eligible to upgrade to the Graduate Diploma in Mine Ventilation. Full Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be given for the 4 subjects already completed. 

For more information, please contact the school office