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How do I get a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) certification?

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How do I get a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) certification?

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) offers many different training courses covering a variety of safety topics. They also offer a library of training videos and free resources. The most common needed are two training requirements called Part 48 and Part 46. Part 48 is all about underground mining and surface mining of coal and some metals. Part 46 instead covers the aggregate industry, including granite, sand, gravel, lime, and cement operations, and miners need to complete at least 24 hours of training within their first 90 days of employment. Another key difference between the two is that Part 48 trainers must be approved by MSHA and their certification is kept on file Part 46 trainers do not need MSHA approval.

The MSHA does offer both in-person and online courses. The in-person classes are held regularly at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia. In order to take a course, you can email mshatraining@dol.gov with any questions or comments and view their catalog of courses. You will generally schedule these at your worksite. Also, worth note is MSHA training typically needs annual refreshing to stay up to date.

For more information about mining, check out this article: Mining Engineer: Job Description & Requirements

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