Mining Paramedic qualifications – What do I need?

A Mining Paramedic works in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment where every day is different. 

There have been multiple job vacancies become available in the mining industry recently, so many of our students are asking how and where they are able to get appropriate qualifications to become an Emergency Services Officer (ESO) or medic in the mines…We have the answer!

iMINCO is a mining training company that offers a range of certificates that will ensure you are ready to work in the mines. Working in conjunction with the Australian Paramedical College, they will give you relevant and up to date advice about how to get a start in the industry.

What qualifications does a Medic in the mines need?

To work as a Mining Paramedic there are two main qualifications employers will ask for on top of the obvious Paramedical qualification (Diploma of Emergency Health Care or Bachelor Paramedical Science). These include:

  • Cert III Mines Rescue – This qualification is for response and rescue team members who work in a mine site or a construction site.
  • Standard 11 Mining Induction Course – To work on any mine site you will typically require this qualification which gives you an introduction to mining, safety, procedures and legislation.

In addition to this, depending on the mine site and their requirements, you may also require:

  • Coal Board Medical – If you are working on a Coal Mine this is a mandatory medical assessment as required by the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme.
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment  – Mining Paramedics are often required to hold this certification so they are able to train miners in various health and safety areas.
  • Operate Light Vehicle and 4WD – Safety being priority on all mine sites, Mining & Resource focused training in the safe operation of a light vehicle is essential to combat the adverse off-road conditions and variety of terrain you will face on a daily basis.
  • Drug and Alcohol Screening Qualification – This course allows Paramedics to be the on site drug and alcohol testing collectors
  • Current Manual Drivers Licence

Why do I need these qualifications?

Working as a Paramedic in the mines will see you perform many roles outside of your existing skillset. As the on-site Medic, you will be responsible for all on-site medical services from First Aid cases to acute trauma care. You will also work closely with health and safety professionals to contribute to the ongoing preventative and proactive health and safety strategies to continue to reduce non-work and work-related injuries and illnesses. You may also be responsible for on-site Alcohol and Drug testing as well as Hydration monitoring.

What jobs are available?

With the news of coal prices heading skyward and mines reopening around Australia, there are a whole host of jobs hitting the market. If you head over to any job board and search for “Emergency Services Officer” you will be able to see what Paramedical jobs are currently available.

Become a Mining Paramedic

If you’re the type of person that enjoys travel, earning big money and working in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment then this career path might be just what you’re looking for. Mining Paramedics possess a very high skill level as well as the ability to deal with any situation thrown their way. That’s why we are dedicated to delivering better-equipped emergency healthcare workers to the industry.

To get a job in this industry we recommend completing either the HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care or  HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Both of these qualifications provide a flexible and affordable pathway to becoming a Mining Medic.

For more information on how to get started in the industry or to enquire about paramedic pathway training please call 1300 377 741.


About the Australian Paramedical College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest private pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia, we can help you to achieve your paramedical pathway training and career goals.

We offer three courses in the emergency health care sector:

Our nationally recognised paramedical pathway training programs provide a flexible and affordable training pathway to employment in the private sector, or as a stepping stone to university to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. APC offers you the opportunity to become an emergency healthcare practitioner, regardless of your educational background. We believe you should still pursue your goals even if your school or college grades have previously prevented you from following a career path you know you’d be good at.

today, more than ever, anything is possible when you put your mind to it. With advances in online learning and teaching methodologies, it’s now easier than ever to fit study around your current lifestyle. A few of hours here and there each week is often all it takes to begin your studies. There’s no reason why you can not follow your dreams and become the person who saves lives and contributes to the well-being of their community. Apply to study at the college.

What is your career journey?

To discover how you can become a fully qualified Ambulance Paramedic or Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic, complete a personalised paramedical career development plan.