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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, Gateway and Springfield locations.  

Certification Class schedule Spring 2024

NOTE: Electrical Hoisting Engineer classes coming soon.

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 April 16, 2024, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (CT) at the Office of Mines and Minerals, 503 East Main St., Benton, IL 62812. If you have any scheduling 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.