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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 20. Board of Coal Mining Examiners Certification Requirements
4/22/2024

4VAC25-20-30. Examination requirements.

A. Applicants for first class mine foreman, surface foreman, surface blaster, and underground shot firer certifications shall score at least 85% on each section of the written examination. Applicants for all other certifications shall score at least 80% on each section of the written examination.

B. If all or part of an examination is failed, then the applicant shall wait at least 10 working days after the notification letter has been sent before retaking the failed section or sections.

C. If a section of the examination is failed a second time, then the applicant shall wait at least 10 working days after the notification letter has been sent before retaking the entire examination.

D. If the examination is failed on the third try, then the applicant shall wait the greater of one year from the date of the first examination or 10 working days after the notification letter has been sent before he may begin the examination cycle again.

E. If one year passes prior to the third take of the examination, the certification cycle shall start over with a new application, fee, and examination. A work experience form shall only be submitted if the applicant needs to update information.

F. An examination may not be taken more than three times in one year. If a person fails any section or sections of a segmented underground mine foreman or electrical repairman examination, then the second take of the exam shall include only those sections failed during the first take and shall be given only after the person has completed the first take of all exam segments. If a person fails any section during the second take of the exam, then the person shall take the complete examination for the third take of the exam.

G. Applicants for certifications shall also pass the gas detection examination unless already certified in gas detection except as noted in the certification requirements in Part II (4VAC25-20-50 et seq.) of this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§§ 45.1-161.28, 45.1-161.29, and 45.1-161.34 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-04-2 § 1.3, eff. June 30, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 22, eff. August 20, 1997; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. August 25, 2004.

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