Training & Certification

The West Virginia University Department of Mining and Industrial Extension provides on-site technical assistance and training to manufacturers and to the coal mining industry throughout West Virginia and the region. Working together with industry and government, the department offers two distinct programs, Mining and Industrial Extension, are making continued progress toward our joint goal of service to our state and its industries and people.

Mining Extension Program

Emergency Preparedness Center
Academy for Mine Training & Energy Technologies

The Mining Extension Service was established in 1913 to extend the resources and expertise of West Virginia University to the coal miners of this state and consequently the nation.
We provide opportunities for personal, educational and industrial advancement through instructional courses. Instructors are certified to teach:

  • Foreman/Fireboss Certification
  • 80-hour Underground New Miner Training
  • 40-hour Surface New Miner Training
  • 40-hour Electrical Apprentice
  • Electrical Refresher Training
  • Rehire Refresher Training
  • EMT Certification for Mining
  • Mine Fire Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness and other related courses as requested.

The WV Office of Miners' Health Safety & Training 

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training is one of the oldest WV state agencies, tracing its roots to February 22, 1883 when the first West Virginia mine safety act was passed by the legislature. The first code section called for the appointment of a mine inspector to make certain the mines in the state were "properly drained and ventilated". Not until 1887 would any major revisions of the mining laws occur. In the decades since, many additional mining laws and regulations have been enacted as the industry has evolved. Our agency has gone through an evolution as well.

Prior to 1905, the state was divided into several inspection districts with a Chief Mine Inspector as head of the agency. From 1905 to 1985 our agency was known as the West Virginia Department of Mines, and the number of inspection districts grew from five to more than 50. In 1985 the Department of Mines merged with several other agencies to form the West Virginia Department (later Division) of Energy. In 1991 our agency became the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.

Currently, our agency consists of approximately 135 employees assigned to four regional offices and the Charleston Headquarters. We employ Inspectors, Safety Instructors, and Administrative support personnel in each regional office. Our inspectors today are responsible for inspecting over 642 mines, quarries and coal handling facilities as well as approximately 2,300 independent contracting companies. Our inspection staff conducts regular inspections and investigates all serious mining accidents as outlined in our mission statement. Our safety instructors provide industry training, review safety programs for all facilities, and conduct certification examinations. We also maintain highly trained and well equipped Mine Rescue Teams. In addition to these activities, our agency issues permits and approvals, maintains industry statistics, and develops and publishes industry training materials.

DIRECTOR................................................C.A. Phillips
DEPUTY DIRECTOR......................................Eugene White

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West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training

Application forms for West Virginia Miner Certifications

Information and Forms for Certified Instructors

Types of Certifications Issued by WV Miners' Health

Miner certification examination schedules

Qualified Diesel Instructor 2011 class schedule and Application

Revoked and or Suspended Certifications

View Listings of all West Virginia Miner Certifications Issued Including:
Supervisory, Miner, Electrical and other Mining Specific Certifications

Where to take miner certification classes (certified instructors)

80 and 40 hr pre-employment study guides (downloadable)

WV Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training Regional Office
Locations and hours of operation

The structure of the Mining Extension Service consists of both on-campus and off-campus staff and faculty. On-campus support includes centrally-located administrators, instructional specialists, and clerical personnel. These individuals handle administrative problems, supply materials, develop new instructional materials, and conduct research relevant to miner training. Teaching is handled by the field instructors who live and work in the major coal-producing region of the state. Each instructor combines a strong academic background with an equally strong mining background.
The Mining Extension Service also encompasses the Emergency Preparedness Center.

Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

The Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies provides training for individuals who are interested in a career in the mining and/or energy technology industries. The classes are geared for enhancing students' knowledge of advanced modern processes and technologies to assist them with job placement in a variety of technical fields. Through the use of state-of-the-art training simulators and hands-on equipment labs, students will obtain industry certifications of which most are transferable to academic credit hours.

The academy operates at all Southern locations, as well as the new academy facility centrally located in downtown Logan. This one of a kind academy facility will enhance the student's career opportunities through specialized technology programs.

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Current Mining Classes are listed below:

  • Surface Apprenticeship Course: February 20, 2012
  • Surface Apprenticeship Course: June 4, 2012
  • Underground Mine Apprenticeship Course: March 5, 2012
  • Underground Mine Apprenticeship Course: April 30, 2012
  • EMT-Mining Course: March 19, 2012
  • EMT-Mining Course: May 14, 2012
  • EMT-Mining Course: June 18, 2012
  • Electrical Apprenticeship (Hazards of Electricity) 8-Hr. Class March 10, 2012
  • Electrical Apprenticeship 40-Hour Course: March 17, 2012

Southern uses a first-class, state of the art, 3D simulator with a full-range motion based operator‚ seat, to provide training for surface mine equipment. This simulator is equivalent to those used by the military and commercial airlines for pilot training and can be used for many equipment scenarios. We can train new students, immerse them in real life situations without hazard exposure, cross-train existing employees on new equipment, and enhance management training through various operating conditions. The simulator enhances our time with the student. The more time the student has on the simulator, experiencing different types of scenarios, will enable the student to be more prepared for real work experiences.

Southern also has an underground mine simulation to provide hands-on training to prepare and enhance student knowledge of what to expect underground. This is the industry's first of its kind. This underground simulation feels and looks just like a real mine. Utilizing various work labs will increase the miners ability to be a safer, more efficient worker.

More Information: 304-896-7413