In 2022, the Ghana Minerals Commission will start Geology and Geotechnical Competency Examinations for personnel in mining, mining related and exploration companies. This was communicated to the industry in a letter signed by the Chief Inspector of Mines/Deputy CEO, Richard Kofi Adjei on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.
According to the Commission, this has become necessary due to the important role Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers play in the mining industry. Consequently, the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission riding on the Minerals and Mining (Health, Safety & Technical) Regulations 2012, Regulations 3 and 44 will from next year bring on-board persons under geology and geotechnical fields into its certification process, by activating the competency tool in the field of geology and geotech.
This will enable the Commission to regulate and ensure that competent geologists and geotechnical persons are appointed to appropriate statutory positions in the mining and exploration companies.
The Commission has prescribed two categories for starters.
- Geological Engineer/Geology Officer/Mine Geologist/Exploration Geologist Senior Geological Engineer/Senior Geology Officer/Senior Mine Geologist
- Geology Superintendent/Exploration Superintendent/Chief Geologist
- Manager Geology/Geology Manager/Exploration Manager
- Geotechnical Engineer
- Senior Geotechnical Engineer
- Geotechnical Superintendent
- Geotechnical Manager
The commission also prescribed syllabus for the categories for candidates wishing to write/take geological or geotechnical competency examinations.