The occupational standard Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) miner) is currently the only standard developed by Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie des mines (CSMO Mines).

The Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) occupational standard

The Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) occupational standard was developed at the request of the industry and its workers. This panel of experts is made up of experienced miners who drafted the standard and learning guide. In addition, the steering committee, comprising representatives from the industry, trade unions, the workforce, and organizations, oversaw and approved the panel’s work. The Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) occupational standard was entered into the Registre des compétences on March 1, 2012.

The Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) comprises five core skills and one supplementary skill.

Core skills :

  1. Be able to chip off unstable rock
  2. Be able to install a support system
  3. Be able to drill rock
  4. Be able to perform work related to rock blasting
  5. Be able to clear and transport blasted rock

Supplementary skill :

6. Be able to operate specialized drilling equipment

For more information about the occupational standard “Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner)”, click here.

Workforce skills recognition service (RCMO)

According to the Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) standard, CSMO Mines is responsible for managing the workforce skills recognition process (RCMO) for workers and experienced workers employed as underground miners.

The skills recognition service certifies that a worker has mastered one or more of the five core skills designated by the standard. CSMO Mines ensures the fair and equitable assessment of all workers who apply for recognition.

The assessment is free of charge and leads to the granting of a certificate of vocational qualification issued by Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale once all skills designated by the standard are recognized. In cases where only some skills are recognized, the ministry may grant an attestation of competency to recognize those skills mastered.

Applicants seeking to have their skills recognized must complete the application form by clicking on the Submit an application tab.

Submit an application

For more information on recognition of workforce skills, click here.

Workplace Apprenticeship Program or PAMT

The Workplace Apprenticeship Program (PAMT), in conjunction with the Mineur/mineuse sous terre (Underground miner) occupational standard, provides new workers with training in a real-life environment. Skills acquired through this program satisfy the occupational standard in the competency registry (Registre des compétences) maintained by Emploi-Québec.

Through this type of program, apprentices learn to master skills by pairing with competent journeypersons. It’s a simple way to transmit knowledge that reflects the day-to-day realities of that particular profession. PAMT’s role in the Québec mining industry is indisputable. In the near future the industry will face issues related to the intergenerational transfer of knowledge. Its ability to tackle those issues will be key to ensuring there are enough qualified people coming up through the ranks.

For more information on the Workplace Apprenticeship Program (PAMT), click here.

For more information on the Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) occupational standard, RCMO, or PAMT, please contact our training coordinator:

Nathalie Beaulieu
418 653-9254, poste 222
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