If you're applying for a blasting explosives user licence (BEUL) in one or more mining classes, you're required to provide a reference from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment that you're adequately trained and competent.
To obtain the reference you'll first need to complete an application form. A NSW Mine Safety inspector or officer will then verify the details you've supplied, and arrange for an assessment of your skills and knowledge. The assessment may be practical, oral and/or written.
You can download the 'BEUL reference application FORM DOCX' from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
You're eligible if you:
- are 18 years old or over
- hold a security clearance.
What you need
- certified copies of your qualifications
- detailed evidence of your experience
- reference from your employer or a BEUL licence holder verifying your experience in the nominated class
- certified copies, and details of, interstate explosives licences (if applicable)
- your security clearance (SC) licence details, or complete a security clearance licence application
- verified access to the documents required to help you complete the mining legislation questionnaire on the form.
How to apply
- Select the 'Visit the Department of Planning and Environment' button.
- Download and complete the 'BEUL reference application – DOCX'.
- Print the completed form.
- Fill in the questionnaire in your own handwriting.
- Sign the declaration.
- Gather together all the required documentation.
- Lodge your application by email (preferred), fax, post, or in person, to the details on the form.
- Information regarding the application process, and a description of the various mining classes are contained in the Blasting explosive user's licence (mining class) reference guide
- If you're lodging an application for an SC licence with SafeWork NSW, your application for a reference from the Department of Industry won't be processed until you provide evidence of holding the SC.
- The SC licence was previously called an unsupervised handling licence (UHL).