Coal Industry Certification

Cleaning coal by hand. Orient Mine. Chicago Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company. Chicago, Illinois 1917


The Mine Safety and Training Division issues certificates of competency to underground and surface coal miners. Effective May 1, 2013, there is a $50.00 fee for each application submitted. For more information on these certifications contact via email, or by phone at 217-558-4925 or 217-299-8155.

The following certification classes are offered semi-annually (spring and fall) in Benton, Lively Grove and Springfield locations.  

NOTE: Electrical Hoisting Engineer classes will begin at the Benton Mine Rescue Station on August 2, 2022 with testing on August 17 at the Benton Mine Rescue Station. Mine Examiner, Mine Manager, State Mine Inspector classes will begin at the Benton, Lively Grove and Springfield Mine Rescue Stations on August 23, 2022. Testing will be the week of October 17, 2022, location TBD. Please contact Wendy Koehler at the above email or phone for further information.

The following certifications are offered throughout the year.

The State Mining Board meets monthly in Springfield or Benton to issue the following certificates:

NOTE: First Class and Shaft & Slope Worker certification will be December 13, 2022 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (CT) at the Department of Natural Resources, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL. If you have any questions please contact Jacob Gyore at 618-439-9111 ext. 237 or

To receive these certificates of competency, miners must meet minimum eligibility requirements as outlined in the Illinois Coal Mining Act and pass a written and oral examination. A miner can attend a course offered by Mine Safety and Training personnel to prepare them for the written and oral examinations. These courses are held in three locations Benton, Lively Grove, and Springfield and are free of charge. Questions regarding certification should be directed to via email or by phone, 217-299-8155.