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State Mine Inspector (Coal Mine)

Occupation State Mine Inspector (Coal Mine)
Agency Department of Natural Resources
Phone 217.782.6791
Job Description A person who performs technical and safety inspections of coal mines. Enforces compliance with the Coal Mining Act. Advises and discusses health and safety issues with mine operators. Assists mine operators and labor regarding safety matters.
Statute 225 ILCS 705/4.01 (The Coal Mining Act)
Type of Regulation Certification
Number Regulated NA
Age 30 (Must be 18 years old to work in or around any mine area.)
  1. Ten years practical mining experience of which at least two years have been in the state of Illinois;
  2. Must have Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency;
  3. Four years of high school or equivalent.
Exam State Mine Inspector
Exam Type Written/oral
Administered Every 6 months
Exam Fee None
Passing Criteria 80%
Repeats 6 months
Continuing Education No requirement
Citizenship U.S. citizen and Illinois resident
Note Licensure requirements, licensure fees, examination fees and exam administration are subject to change.
Application Fee NA
License Fee
Renewal Fee NA
Reinstatement Fee NA
License Period Two years (unless actively employed as a state mine inspector)
Reciprocity/Endorsement No. A temporary certificate will be issued to any individual who documents two years of surface mining experience. The applicant must be approved by the resident state mine inspector and must successfully pass an examination administered by the Office of Mines and Minerals.