The occupational standard “Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner)” is currently the only standard that Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie des mines (CSMO Mines) has developed. CSMO Mines may develop new standards for other industry occupations as the need arises.

What is an occupational standard?

A standard consists of a set of skills that defines how an occupation is carried out. In addition to serving as an occupational reference, a standard supports the development of a workplace apprenticeship program (PAMT) and the creation of a skills recognition system for experienced workers (RCMO), who can then obtain an underground miner ministerial certificate.

Sectoral workforce committees (CSMOs) design workplace strategies and training tools based on occupational standards they define. Québec’s labour market partner commission (CPMT) supports the work of these committees and validates their approaches and methods. CPMT adopts their occupational standards and the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity approves these standards.

The Workforce Skills Development and Recognition Framework paves the way for implementing workplace-skill development and recognition strategies that address the needs of employers and workers.

PAMT is one such strategy the framework deploys to help qualify workers.

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:

  • Be able to chip off unstable rock
  • Be able to install a support system
  • Be able to drill rock
  • Be able to perform work related to rock blasting
  • Be able to clear and transport blasted rock

Supplementary skill:

  • Be able to operate specialized drilling equipment

Consult this document for a detailed description of each Mineur/mineuse sous terre (underground miner) occupational standard skill.

  • Detailed skill descriptions

Who is the occupational standard for and what are its benefits?

Most importantly, by obtaining a government certificate workers gain official recognition for one or more of the skills they need to work as miners. It targets both experienced workers (through RCMO) and new workers (through PAMT).

Also bear in mind that the occupational standard brings numerous benefits to industry employers. For example, it ensures the professionalism and qualification of employees; contributes to a reduction in accidents, breakdowns, and mistakes; promotes the safe and sustainable integration of new workers; and ensures the training of a new generation of skilled workers. In short, the success of companies, trade unions, and workers depends on it.

You can also view and download the promotional material below:

  • Promotional leaflet - PAMT
  • Promotional leaflet - RCMO

For more information, please contact:
Nathalie Beaulieu
Training Coordinator
418-653-9254, ext. 222
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